More Is Not What You Should Be After

More Is Not What You Should Be After

I don’t want to have the most…

I thought of this whilst on LinkedIn the other day… “some of these people have THOUSANDS of connections! I wish I…” and I cut my thought off…

I don’t wish I had thousands of connections.

I don’t wish I had thousands of students.

I don’t wish I even had thousands of dollars in my pocket.

After all, we all know that person who has “the most” of everything like they’re trying to win at the game of life (or whatever) by collecting as many friends/dollars/cars/business connections, you name it. And they remind me of the pigeon from the movie Storks. Trying to be everything to everyone. I’m sorry, but that’s not what life is about, at least in my opinion.

I am more concerned about the QUALITY of the people I interact with.

So, I went through and cleaned out my people I’m connected with down to the people who seem to fit with my ideals and standards of someone I’d want to ethically, and mutually, do business with.

I don’t have any business connecting with someone professionally that doesn’t fit, morally, what I believe is right as a business owner or trainer.

I don’t have any business working with someone who’s focus is all about caloric expenditure and immediate gratification(here’s a cookie Billy, nice job!), that’s not how the world works, and it’s just not how I roll…

Have you taken a look at your standards lately?

If so, do the people you interact with hold you to those, or higher versions of, those standards? If not, it’s probably time you looked for a “new group” to associate with.

If you hang around bodybuilders at the gym, guess what you’ll end up looking like… yeah, an overinflated human being who has trouble bushing their teeth, washing their own back, or combing their hair… all of which can be problematic.

I think you get the point.

Chose where you invest your time wisely and realize, like I have, that you can’t be everything to everyone. I’m not the guy to train someone to be Mr Olympia or the next Crossfit Games champ, but I can help you move better and build some strength(along with looking sexier as a byproduct).

Quality Trumps Quantity, Every Time.(There is no exception to this rule)

This was just a long winded way of letting you know that what I invest my time in most is improving how people do things so they can do more, if they want, and without getting hurt *gasp*. Which is more than I can say for some other fly by night organizations who love high repetition everything and make it a habit to injure the people they set out to “help”(somehow).

I’m not out to change the whole world, just a few people in it. And yes, I would like to help as many people as possible, but they have to be willing to show up and do the work so they can get the results they want. It won’t be easy, quick, or cheap, but let’s be honest, do you really want to embody those qualities? Think upon that as you continue to enjoy this fine day…

Stay Strong My Friends

~Justin

For Some Reason I Still Enjoy This…

For Some Reason I Still Enjoy This…

I woke up this morning feeling like I was hit by a locomotive
(or a bus, maybe even a dump truck, not sure what exactly)

I know, not the best way to start off a post about “fitness” stuff… In fact, I sometimes wonder to myself “why the deuce am I even training anymore if I feel like this”(from time to time). And I think the answer always comes to me as quick as does my kids urge to have to go to the bathroom as soon as we get in the car for a nice long trip.

I keep doing “this”(this being training of course) because even though it takes me a minute to get moving and do some mobility stuff in the morning, I know things could be far worse.

For example, I could feel like I did when I trained martial arts only with no strength & conditioning back in good ol Hartland before my friend Master Ian Jensen discovered Pavel. Sometimes I think I’d like to curse him for introducing me to those nasty little buggers (like during my training yesterday or this morning) but I know I used to hurt much worse after training sessions before the Kettlebells rolled around.

I used to have trouble lifting my shoulders above my head without pain… seriously, taking those puppies through just about any range of motion(even unloaded) was something I cringed to think about, now, it’s only every so often.

I also remember how much my knee(it’s arthritic) used to bug me and cause me to not be able to walk up the stairs in my house without some type of choreography.

I remember a lot of things that used to be worse.

So the question is…

Are you avoiding training because of a few times of being “a little sore”. I’m not talking about the way some trainers beat people up so they can’t sit on the John for a few weeks at a crack after every session… I’m talking about that slight achy feeling that prevents you from doing some stuff, but allows you to otherwise function normally.

If so, consider the following.

How long will this last?(really) My achy shoulder and sore… well, everything, is already starting to dissipate and will likely be gone by the time I’ve had my breakfast. However, the pain I used to live with was for days at a time, and that my friends, is just not acceptable to me.

How long will eventual chronic issues last if you aren’t proactive/treating them. We all see the older folks walking around with severe joint and muscularskeltal issues(posture like a ?, in a wheel chair, using a cane), and you always have to wonder… could that have been prevented. A lot of times using reasonable fitness training could have kept joints and therefore muscle health in tact, even at a more “distinguished” age.

Just to give you a quick idea of what this training has done for me over the past 8 or so years, when I was 22 I was told that I would need to have surgery on my left knee before I was 30… that was 10 years ago. Will I have to eventually, probably, as I feel it limits me in some ways to where I won’t push myself when I normally could because of that slight fear hanging over my head “what if…”

But in the end, having done nothing vs the barrage of crap I put myself through at least 5-6 days a week would have been much, much worse for my overall health and wellbeing, and that’s not a lie.

So make the right considerations when you’re looking at wether or not to stick with something because a little bit of “perceived pain” in the short term because the long term goal will be worth far more than you can ever imagine.

I’m going to leave you with a quote from Eric Thomas that I absolutely love:

“Pain is temporary, it may last for a minute, or a day, or even a year… but eventually, it will subside. But If you quit however, it will last forever”

Stay Strong My Friends.

~Justin