I’d love for this week’s training advice to be super motivational and make you want to tear the gym up tomorrow. Truth is, I’m rarely that guy. However, after doing a little reading this past weekend I was inspired to share why tomorrow’s training session is still very important, regardless of whether you’re tearing it up or not.
First, in this month’s The Dragon Times issue coach Zach Even-Esh wrote an article called “Don’t Fear the Work, Embrace It”. I’ve loved Zach’s stuff for years. He’s super motivational, has great ideas and energy. In the article he warns “If you’re not careful…. You’ll catch yourself making up lame excuses for missing the gym or why you can’t work out like you used to. One excuse will lead to another. One day quickly becomes one year…. You know that voice in your head that finds his way into your thoughts, telling you that it’s OK to skip today’s training, that you’ll train tomorrow and work extra hard, right?” We’ve all felt this way about any number of things in our lives. It could be diet, the gym, your work, even cleaning out your garage. It’s never easy but you have to start somewhere and even just STAY THERE at worst case, which is a great segue to the next idea.
Dan John, in his book Intervention, and I love this, says in reference to simple, basic training, “So, you may ask, is this enough? Over time…. yes! Yes, you can do more, but you want to be able to do it day in, day out – literally year in and year out.”
To me this is the essence of the The 80% Rule. Zach wants you to get your butt in the gym and quit making excuses. Dan wants you there too with the understanding that some days are going to be “punch the clock workouts”. The important thing being you are training the mind to form a new habit of no excuses while the body will adapt over time. Sometimes punching the clock is just the ticket to sustainability and longevity.
Now, this ain’t fancy. It will work most of the time for most people. Sure there are special situations and circumstances, including deadlines or having an inferior training program in the first place. That however has been covered in volumes of books for like, ever and is a discussion for another time. However, with the right way to train, for Joe Average, like most of are, this is the ticket. I don’t know that I’m a quotable guy but in keeping with the theme, try this one on:
“Nary a single training day will determine your long term training success, but consistency over time will be the determining factor.”
– Mike Baltren