Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Pleasure, Ease and Comfort!
One of the interesting topics we talked about during the NMT(Neuromuscular Therapy) Seminar last month in Phoenix was that the body's primary goal is to move toward pleasure, ease and comfort. If you think this through you will find that what I'm saying is totally true. The body will do everything it can to avoid displeasure, pain and discomfort. What I'm talking about here are the autonomic functions of the body that we do not consciously control. You never have to tell you body to bring blood into an injured area or to remove lactic acid completely from you muscles within 45 minutes after a workout. Because of this we have to learn how to work with this principle and use it to our advantage. That is why trigger point therapy such as NMT, myofascial release, foam roller work, joint mobility and other modalities are so important. They assist your body in moving toward ease and pleasure which allows you to train and function at a higher level.
Let's look at the reverse thinking of that principle and apply it to attittude and character. Now when it comes to attitude and moral issues, staying in our "COMFORT ZONE" is a huge mistake. The only time you really stretch your moral fiber is when you put yourself in uncomfortable situations and grow. In fact, you can never really grow in a comfortable place. I have found that some of the biggest and most important lessons in my life have come from very difficult situations which at times seemed hopeless. As my client Bob says (who by the way is multi-millionare and unbelievably successful) "adversity is a tool that can be used to make you better." He even says that truly successful people will bring self-imposed adversity into their lives when things get to easy or the sailing is too smooth. If life is too comfortable you may be in a dangerous place.
That is how I look at strength and conditioning: SELF IMPOSED ADVERSITY.
You are intentionally putting load (adversity) on your muscles and structure so that it builds itself up and becomes stronger. If you never expose your muscles and structure to this adveristy, you never get stronger or fitter. You become less healthy, more fat and less prepared for the trials and potential tribulations of life that come your way.
Please share me what you think about ADVERSITY and how you have used it to overcome obstacles in your life....
A-1 Barbell Front Squats
95lbs 5 x 5 (1 min rest on the GymBoss)
B-1 Dead Snatch
28kg 5 x 5/5 (1 min rest on the GymBoss)
C-1 Weighted Pull Ups
20kg 5,5,3,3,3 (1 min rest on the Gym Boss)
Tempo Running at Track
9 x 100 yards sprints @ 70% intensity (hamstring is feeling better!)
A-1 Reverse Lunges
2x16kgs 4 x 6/6
A-2 Double Clean and Press
24kgs 4 x 5
B-1 Alternating Cleans
2x20kgs 1 x 10/10