There have been days when I did not want to practice, and doing the work was the farthest thing from my mind. Based on a quite a few conversations with trainees, friends, and my coaches I think it’s safe to say this isn’t unique. We all have those days. In conversation with Coach Craig Douglas of Shivworks fame we were discussing the hectic schedule Craig has been keeping for years. One of the things Craig shared was that even if he doesn’t feel like it he still gets himself into the gym, and trains. Whether it’s jiujitsu or S&C work, he makes himself go. Not surprisingly Craig has found that some of his record breaking days at Southern Elite, or best rounds on the mat have been had on those days.
This is probably not a surprise to most of you. You’ve all experienced the reward of digging deep on those days when everything was resisting your efforts, and you had a breakthrough. I’ve reached a point where on those days when life has beaten me into a pulp, and the last thing I want to do is see another person, those are the days I know I need to do work. Those are the days I know if I show up and put in the effort I’m going to break through, and experience some sort of peak. The more I’m dreading a session the better I know it’s ultimately going to be. Maybe it’s life testing us to see if we have what it takes?
Next time you’re having one of those days, and are planning on blowing off practice, do the opposite. Prepare yourself for an excellent practice session. Remind yourself that the best sessions have occurred on “those” days. Drink some coffee, or whatever you choose as a pre-workout boost, crank up some motivational music, and get to it. Lets say worst case happens and you don’t punch through a plateau. You still put in work which is an investment in your badass account. A bad day on the mat, in the ring, under the iron or on the track is still better than any day sitting on the couch eating bonbons, and being a keyboard warrior.
It’s always a good day.