I write a lot about how to improve your workouts and the things I see in the gym that could be improved upon. Today I want to take a different tact. I want to talk about the good things I’ve been seeing and how some of these things can help everyone do what they are trying to do.
1. Goals. Last week I started a Transformation contest amongst my clients. Overnight, the intensity and focus during their workouts have increased. Why? Goals! When people are focused in on something specific they want, they are much more determined to take the steps that get them there. I see it in myself as well. When I have something definitive I’m working towards, my workouts are much more intense and I get a lot more out of them.
2. Working hard. It’s been said that the worst workout plan performed with intensity will yield better results than the best plan performed with no intensity. I have seen so many people lately, just really working hard at what they are doing. Whether it’s a heavy set of squats, doing two-and-a-half hour workouts to get ready for a physique competition, or someone finally deciding to take control of their health later in life and doing every exercise the best they can, it is really inspiring to me to see the changes that exercise makes in people. It’s why I do what I do and why I love it so much.
3. Deadlifts. Almost all of my clients deadlift. This doesn’t necessarily mean lifting a barbell with a lot of weight off the floor. Sometimes it means lifting a single 10 dumbell off a step. I truly believe that deadlifts are the most functional of all exercises. After all, who doesn’t need to lift something off the floor from time to time? Having said that, the amount of times I’ve seen someone in a regular gym deadlift can probably be counted on one hand. Imagine my surprise, and delight, when I saw not one, but two, people deadlifting in the gym last weekend! Huzzah to those folks!!! Now everyone else, get on the deadlifting train!
Fun for all ages!
If Arnold loved deadlifting, you should too!
These are just a few things I’ve seen lately that I really love and that inspire me to keep doing what I do. I’d love to hear about the things that you see that inspire you. Just drop me a line and let me know. Have a great day!