Have you ever looked around at folks at your gym or track who “train”?
Have you ever noticed how the majority of the folks who “train” never look like they are expending any energy?
Have you ever noticed how the majority of folks who “train” are talking and laughing like they are at a family reunion?
I think that this phenomenon is an absolute joke!
If you are training hard then you know for a fact that it is not pretty.
It is not comfortable.
It does not feel good in the moment.
Have you ever been on the last rep on that last set of squats? You would rather be anywhere else on Earth besides down in the bucket with your quads and lower back begging for mercy.
When you are training hard and with purpose, at some point you will get folded.
The trainees in the game who never get folded are those who do not truly push themselves. When you never challenge yourself you can never make progress.
Who are these trainees?
The ones in the game who never increase their weight on the bar.
The ones in the game who never perform more reps.
The ones in the game who never shorten their rest periods.
The ones in the game who never stray outside of their comfort zone.
These trainees will suffer a worse fate than the feeling of a hard workout. They will continue to decline physically and mentally over the years until they are an absolute shell of what they could and should be. Lame training methods will do that to you.
You cannot be afraid to get folded. Success requires struggle.
I have been folded running hill sprints in the middle of the summer.
I have been folded in the power rack performing 20-rep Widowmaker squats.
I have been folded during the beyond intense Fit Coast Offense conditioning sessions.
I have been folded badly while performing the Lunges of Death.
Getting folded did not beat me.
It did not make me quit. It instilled a character and toughness in me.
When you constantly overcome the odds you develop a mindset that you will not lose.
When you train with a plan you will eventually run into some obstacles.
Let me make it clear that main motive for your training is to make progress as opposed to trying to arbitrarily “kill” yourself. Never lose sight of this.
Every training session that has folded me has been a session that has room for progression. You fall down 7 times and get up 8.
You will not get folded every time that you train. Every session is not the Lunges of Death.
With proper programming, you will know that over time that during a 12-week training phase that week 1 will not be the toughest week.
Training sessions are on a scale of 1-10 for difficulty. The majority of your training sessions, if you are training properly will be between a 7-8 as far as difficulty goes.
Between a 7 and 8 will leave you with the majority of your training being very tough, but all doable.
You will dance with some sessions that are 9’s and 10’s. The Punisher Workout, hill sprints in 90 degrees, and Lunges of Death qualify for workouts at that level.
They are all doable, but there is also a chance that you get folded. Badly.
The bottom line is that as long as you are making progress each week by adding weight to the bar, doing more reps, or decreasing your rest times, you are going in the right direction.
Regardless of who you are if you are playing this game the right way, prepare to be folded at some point!
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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