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Routine Fitness: Merely Do the Work

Summary

The secret to health, fitness, and performance is to make it boring. Routine fitness makes consistent progress, but requires a mindset shift.

Inspiring Quote

Those who know me well know I’m a big Seth Godin fan. After taking his altMBA in October 2018, I’m fully bought in. When I see him on the internet, I click, read, and listen.

He’s come out with a new book, The Practice, which I’m excited to read, but his related appearance on Tim Ferriss’ podcast #476 is excellent.

Tomorrow morning when you wake up, you probably won’t feel like engaging in the practice, and if you do, you probably won’t feel that way the next day. That what we do is once decide. We decide that we’re a runner, and runners go running every day. We decide we’re a blogger, and bloggers blog every day, and that decision lightens the cognitive load so much because there’s no time, no reason to negotiate with ourselves because we already had the meeting. We already decided. Now the question is not should we go or not. The question is should we go left or right, but we’re going.

Seth Godin (The Tim Ferriss Show ep. 476

Fitness Requires Routines, Not Willpower

In fitness, the people who are most successful at losing weight, gaining muscle, and increasing their performance don’t use much willpower. Instead, they merely do the work required.

Side note: here’s more about willpower and fitness.

Instead of fighting battles every day, blaming your reflexes for making those sweets so delicious, what if you removed all decisions?

What if you said, “I am not a person who eats sweets except for special occasions.”

It’s not the rare moments — the birthdays and holidays — that stop fitness goals. It’s the everyday actions.

Everyday actions are routine by definition.

Are your routines helping or hurting?

How can you make your fitness more routine?


Want to work on YOUR routine fitness?

How to Hide Your Asymmetries

I’m seeing this pattern over and over and I need to talk about it.

I have some people, usually overweight or obese, who have some sort of joint pain. But they need to workout, build fitness, and lose weight.

So we try to give them all of those adaptations at the same time.

And hey, sometimes it actually works.

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Getting Huge While Moving Well

I just saw a comment on one of my daily YouTube videos that shook me.

It’s not that it was particularly scary or outrageous… it just reminded me so much of me.

How do you get huge while nursing your body? Is it even possible?

How do you treat that nagging shoulder/elbow/hip/back/etc but still have fun in the gym?

How do you sweat and make your muscles burn when you feel indefinitely injured?

This post is probably the most existential topic I’ve ever covered. It addresses the questions I’ve been pondering the most for the last decade.

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Don’t Brace on Every Deadlift

Online-educated lifters overutilize bracing.

The demands of a heavy deadlift are different than a high rep deadlift. If you brace every rep on a set of 12, it’s going to take you a minute and a half to finish the set. Plus, you’re spiking your blood pressure more than you need to.

A way to think about it: use as much as you need. Don’t lift 45lbs like it’s 405lbs.

Here are a few videos where I talk through more of the differences.

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You’re a Trip, Man

Have you ever gone on a cross-country road trip? Just you, a bag of clothes, and a car?

Have you ever spent extended time alone? On purpose?

A few years ago, I got in my car and started driving west. I’m a creature of comfort. My family is easy to be around. My friends and I have great discussion. I was coaching in a gym that meant so much to me and was a HUGE piece of my development… both as a human, and a coach.

But I needed to break the cycle. I needed to get more UNcomfortable. If I didn’t, I would never grow… at least as much as I expected from myself.

I drove out to Denver, CO from Indy in two days. I stayed at a sketchy hotel on the way out there (there was a sign that said, “Best Western is not responsible if your things are stolen”). I met some Airbnb people and finally saw what mountains look like (this just in: they’re gorgeous). I even went HIKING.

Now that trip… THAT was an experience.

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