Nine Cleans, 15 Deadlifts, and Two Lessons

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*Not a clean, but one hell of a badass picture and close enough!










When you’re as busy as I tend to be it’s important to prioritize and plan your day out. If you don’t you’ll spend the vast majority of your day running around putting out fires and getting nothing done. However, despite the best laid plans of mice and Isaac, life does still manage to get in the way sometimes. Last week I had one of those days where everything just went haywire and I spent my time holding the wagon together in addition to my normal tasks.

Usually I have a pretty solid break in the middle of the day between clients where I get some non-training work done and do my own training. However, it came about that the end of the day rolled around after 14 hours in the gym and I still hadn’t trained myself yet. Needless to say, I didn’t feel like changing, training, and then prepping for the drive home, all to get up early the next day to repeat it. I was tired, hungry, and just plain done with the gym for the day. It would have been awful easy to just say “Screw it, I’ll bump the day back and train tomorrow”.

Instead I asked myself my favorite go-to decision maker: “Is what I’m about to do (skip training and go home) going to make me better or worse?” I knew that I had enough in me to work out, and I also knew that I needed to mentally push myself into my workout. So I changed, popped a couple of caffeine tabs, and rolled back into the gym.

When I got there I noticed that the crowd had filled into the iron side of the gym (as opposed to the “fitness” side) and that there was a good crew of lifters occupying the space. I knew everyone in the gym but since I normally train myself in the early afternoon I don’t get to lift around these guys very often.

I warmed up, shot the shit, and before you knew it I was laughing, pumped up, and ready to go. The workout of the day consisted of a heavy three sets of three cleans and three sets of five deadlifts, which can be a ballbuster even when you’re feeling fresh. With a full crew in there busting on me, critiquing form, and encouraging it made the workout fun. I hit all the numbers I wanted to hit and had a blast doing it.

Here are a couple of lessons to be taken from this:

1. Always ask yourself whether you’re about to make a decision to move forward or backward. Usually the comfortable route is a step backward. Every day look for an opportunity to move yourself forward and you’ll find that uncomfortable activities become easier and easier.

2. Training is almost always better when you’ve got a good team around you. Sure, there are times where the solitary Church of Iron training session is an excellent mind-clearer. However, a great training crew can get you hyped up when you’re down, push you through what you thought were your limits, provide social expectations and pressure, and give immediate feedback on technical flaws that you might be missing. It’s very rare to find a high-level strength, physique, or power athlete who trains alone exclusively, and that should tell you something.

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September 16, 2010

Travis @ 2:56 am #

Right one bruddah!

It’s good to have Joe around for cranking intensity for training sessions for sure!

Surround yourself with strong, mentally tough mo fo’s and you’ll become one as well!

Isaac @ 2:07 pm #

Damn skippy, man! Everyone gets better when there’s a good training group, just like a business mastermind!

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