I don’t think there is any such thing as perfect training. More than that, I don’t think we should allow ourselves to try to make training perfect. There is perfection in imperfection.
When is the last time you found yourself in a perfect situation in life? It’s pretty tough to do. We wake up late, get stuck in traffic, have sick kids, get flat tires and have to go to work at jobs we don’t like. The list goes on and on.
We have to learn to take lessons from the gym and strength training and apply them to our everyday life. In doing this, why would you want to find yourself in a perfect training environment? Life is rarely perfect, and I believe your training should reflect that.
Learning to deal with an imperfect world inside the gym will make life’s imperfections a thousand times easier to cope with. You’ll learn to maneuver around excuses. You will find yourself complaining less about things that really don’t even matter, and managing very well the things that do.
You’ll catch yourself doing the things that other people won’t do. You’ll probably start hearing people tell you that you’re crazy or say they would never do that!
That’s fine. That’s why you are successful and they are not. However it is that you define success.
Inside the gym, there is work to be done. I don’t want to be tempted to relax during my training. I think that is a big problem at commercial gyms, and that’s why I love CrossFit so much.
The problem with the globo gym is that people get too comfortable. There are chairs so they can sit while they rest between sets. No one makes too much noise, and heaven forbid you bust out a bag of chalk.
I don’t want perfect. I want grit. I want you to know when you walk into my gym that it is a place for working hard. As soon as you walk in I want you to smell sweat in the air, and see the chalk on the floor. No machines, just Barbell’s and hard ass work.
Sometimes I have to really talk myself into getting off my butt to train. Especially at 3:30am. That’s rough man. But that’s where being mentally tough comes into play. It’s cold, or hot, or uncomfortable… doesn’t matter because the work has to get done.
I go anyway. I catch myself trying to make an excuse not to go out to my imperfect little gym. Of course I try to make excuses, I’m human. I think it’s in our nature, especially in today’s world to make excuses and complain. I don’t want to be a complainer or be the guy making excuses. So I get my ass up and get comfortable being uncomfortable. I want to do what most people won’t do.
I want to do the work, even when it’s hard and uncomfortable. I don’t care how early in the day I have to train, or how cold the barbell feels in my hands. I know it’s not perfect, and that is exactly why I want to be there.
Don’t let your excuses keep you from your goals. We want you to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Get comfortable in our imperfect world and accomplish something today.