Get Really Nervous When I Hand You Light Weights
I am a physically active individual. I’ve been physically active since I was seven years old when I started playing soccer, and I’ve done several half-ironman distance triathlons. In turn, I get an excellent bill of health from my doctor at my annual physicals. But I’ve found myself with aches and pains in my shoulders and hips that won’t go away.
I found a stellar resource at my gym that said he could help with my aches and pains. Actually, Bobby Cox is not really a “resource”. He’s a Yoda like exercise physiologist, neuromuscular, stop talking and get to work bad ass trainer. When he first met with me he did an assessment and said I was a mess. My shin bone wasn’t really connected to my thigh bone and my hips, shoulders, chest and arms were as tight as a Scotsman with a one pound note in his hand. I’m Scottish I know tight.
Today, Bobby said something that worried me. He said, “get really nervous when the only weight I’ll hand you is a three pound weight.” “Three pounds? Why only three pounds? He replied, “because your upper body aches and pains are rooted in muscles not working as they’re supposed to. Until they do, our only goal should be to reactivate the dormant muscles and get them working. Until they’re turned on, you’ll be much more prone to injury and creating even more aches and pains. And besides, three pounds is all you’ll be able to do and do the exercise correctly.” He said the last sentence with a knowing smile.
The three pounds was more than enough. My muscles were on fire and burning in ways I’ve not experienced in over twenty years. If you want to exemplary fitness results there are five aspects of fitness you have to embrace.
1. Fitness is a mindset. First and foremost, fitness, health and well-being are a mindset. Fitness is a state mind, a belief, a vision, a desired future that propels you forward. If you can see yourself as healthy, vibrant and energized your half-way there.
2. It’s all about quality. When I did triathlons high mileage was a badge of honor we wore with pride. I used to say “I ran 10 miles on Friday, rode my bike 100 miles on Saturday and swam 1.5 miles on Sunday. The quality of my training could have been terrible, but my ego loved throwing around big numbers. Those days are long gone.
3. Good form fosters good results. One of the things I’ve learned from Bobby is that it is darn easy to fool myself into thinking I have good form. On the contrary, one exercise when viewed in the mirror, shows my shoulders shifting upward when their supposed to be stationary. Is that a big deal? Yes, because it deactivates the muscles I wanted to work and creates more aches and pains.
4. Physical results require discipline, focus and a nutrition plan. Let’s face it. I’d like to be able to eat like I did in my twenties and early thirties. Anything I put in my mouth could be burned off with a few kick-butt workouts. Not anymore. If I want to achieve my results THE only way is to master what I put in my mouth. That requires discipline, focus and a plan.
5. I cannot achieve exemplary results without an exemplary coach / trainer. If you’re like me, having someone help you, support you, correct you and inspire you during trying workouts is a must have. I simply will never push myself the same way someone like Bobby will.
The above lessons also hold true for leadership and the world of work. Mindset, quality work, good form, disciple, focus, a plan and an exemplary coach are prerequisites to higher performance.
Which of the above five aspects above will accelerate your fitness as well as your professional life?