You cannot let your body go to pot and think that you are Full Out everywhere else.
That is impossible. Every area of your life is integrated with every other area.
When looking at Full Out training of the body, soul, and spirit, the physical body is the most visible
. When you analyze your own commitments to disciplined training your physical body does not lie.
That may be disappointing to you depending on how hard you have been training, but the opposite is also true.
With just a little change in training and discipline, your amazing body can go through a pretty crazy transformation.
It's all about having a goal, creating a plan, and executing.
Two weeks ago I completed Ironman Lake Placid. Out of 2500 competitors I finished 197th with a time of 11:29:50.
99% of the people I beat were younger than me and had a greater potential to go faster than me.
So how did I beat them? Training.
That's it. Training. If you swim, bike, and run long enough and hard enough and frequently enough, you will get faster.
I trained hard enough that race day felt like another training day. The last three weeks before my taper I cycled 1000 kilometres in the Adirondack Mountains.
On race day I felt fresh coming off the bike. I couldn't feel my right foot on the run other than a constant severe cramp, but that is why we do the soul and spirit training. The body may get weak but the spirit is strong!
Many of you have met fellow Warrior Jim Kaminski. Jim is an amazing Warrior with a great family and practice.
He is also 53 years old with super low body fat and absolutely ripped. Most people think that they could never be like Jim. But that is not true.
They can be like Jim if they had his discipline and worked out like he does.
Train with weights in the pain everyday for a few years and pay attention to absolutely everything you put in your mouth and you can get ripped like Jim.
But how much discipline does it really take?
Here is an example: I recently had lunch with Jim. I won't tell you what I ordered, suffice it to say that my body fat is significantly higher than Jim's.
Jim had a salad with the dressing on the side and a grilled chicken breast on top. After we ordered Jim realized that the salad came with croutons and he desperately waved down the waitress to make sure that she had the chef "hold the croutons". That is Full Out fuelling.
Now I know that some of you are already saying that you don't have the time, or your situation is different, you're injured etc. etc.
You are making excuses.
I don't want you to do an Ironman.
I don't want you to have Jim's percent body fat.
I want you to play Full Out for you!
It's you against you out there.
You may be in a season where you have young kids, or you just started a practice or a business, or you are caring for an aging parent etc. Everyone has their own story and their own workout plan.
What I'm emphasizing is that I want you to have a goal and a plan and I want you to execute it at 100%. I want you to do your workout at 100%.
Don't slack off and sleep in. Don't skip the last rep or the last set or the last interval because it hurts too much.
The training begins when the pain starts!
You spent all that time getting to that last rep, where all the gains are going to happen, hit it!
Hit it hard!
That is the Gap. You want to go into the Gap. Remember that is where your life is shaped.
Have fun training in the Gap.
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