Do you remember how excited you used to get when recess was near and you could practically smell the grass and feel the monkey bars in your hands as you flew through maze of bridges, tunnels, slides, swings and ladders? I can. And it’s important that you remember that time of your life once again.
As an adult, people being lame and boring. They lose sight of the adventure of the very next thing that offers itself – whether small or large – it didn’t matter back then….It was all fun and exciting!
When you ask yourself, “What happened to that kid on the playground?”, what’s your reason excuse? Is it that I have a job now, or that I have too much responsibility, or grown-ups don’t do that kind of stuff?
For any of your “reasons”, I am sure you know someone that blows that “theory” out of the water. pssst…If you don’t….find new friends!
There are countless numbers of adults that are living each day like they are on the playground, and their life is that much richer because of it!
Now you may be wondering what the hell this has to do with getting stronger and my answer to you is that if you’re now having fun with your training and aren’t passionate about what you’re doing with your time in the gym…..you gotta find something that lights you up!
You will find little success in anything that you are not passionate about!
We all know this deep down, but rarely do we actually apply this shit to our lives! WHY?! It’s simple…..and the the reward is massive!
Imagine what it would be like to be able to walk in to the gym feeling like your about to let loose with your buddies – just like it was in elementary school – but now with a major payoff of getting freaking strong and feeling like you can tackle anything! Sounds good, right!
All you really have to do is figure out what type of training lights you up. For me, I love to move heavy stuff fast! It doesn’t matter if it’s CrossFit, Strongman, Body Building or Powerlifting – I don’t really give a shit. All I know is I love feeling my own power and strength. I love testing it.
That may not be the same for you, I don’t know. Whatever it is, though, you gotta play around until you find it and then every session is powerful and playful.
Plug and play with all sorts of variations. If you don’t like a specific workout, tweak it a bit with a new implement. For example, the video that I have for y’all today is from a couple weeks ago. I put some of my strongest athletes through a nasty strength session AND THEN made them do “Grace”.
“Grace” = 30 reps of any variation of a clean to overhead as fast as possible.
Now, if you hate barbell stuff, you may be completely turned off by this workout, BUT WAIT! You’ll see I throw a curveball at the ladies by making them use a strongman log. This simple twist changes everything, but yet drives towards our goal of silly amounts of strength while have it be fun and challenging.
Take this example and PLAY with your workouts this week! See what comes of it and how it changes your time spent training. Hell, it may even flow into other areas of your life and have positive effects there, too!
PS. I have a very emotionally-charged post coming down the pipeline. Stay tuned! This one will be all about how athletes AND coaches need to act in the gym! You won’t want to miss it!
Travis Holley is a CrossFit Level II Coach, has a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado, and has 3 years of experience coaching a wide variety of individuals ranging from young athletes to grandparents, and everyone in between.