For the most part, I don't do New Years Resolutions. I figure if I want to do something -- if I have a goal...I start right in. Why wait for a day?
Anyhoo, some CF affiliate gyms have a big issue with New Year's Eve resolutions (NYERs). Some even put a hold on their membership. Why? Their take is that a lot of people that make a NYER aren't serious, will wind up quitting early and not worth the investment of time and effort.
You know, Motivated People Only. Well, people that can stay motivated is more like it. They also talk about resolutions not being goals.
Well they are goals. Just not well crafted, planned out, thought about goals. Instead they are powered by the notion that a zillion other people are going to do something to make their lives better and what the hell, let's not be left out of THAT fun.
So, we have people that aren't good at setting goals, setting often pretty lofty ones on the spur of the moment without a notion of how that's going to come about. Honestly -- if self improvement is the goal and it hasn't been given any thought the other 364 days of the year...chances are it's not going to go so well.
Let's do a Kitch analogy:
Have you seen Human Centipede? Human Centipede 2? That's the difference I am talking about. In both instances, we have Human Centipedes, one well executed and one....not so much.
Anyhoo...NYERs allow people to think, albeit briefly, that they can do it all, have it all and all at once -- regardless of no plan or ability to deal with the inevitable discomfort change is going to bring about.
Still want to do it? Cool, I knew that you would!
Here's a few thoughts on it.
- Don't rely on hope. Hope is what we cling to when there is nothing else left.
- Be realistic. Set an attainable goal. Don't overestimate where you're at or what you are capable of in the relatively near future.
- Put your goal in terms that mean something to you and that you can measure.
- Goals require work. Make a plan. Do you have the tools and facility you'll need? The knowledge and information you'll need? Will you need some training? How will you make time?
- It's going to be work. It's going to be hard. It's going to require sacrifice, effort, discomfort. There will be setbacks. That's ok. Roll with it.
In 20 minutes
Run One Mile.
In the remaining time after the run, complete as many rounds / reps as you can of:
- 10 Pull-ups
- 10 Box jumps (24/20)
- 10 Ground-to-OH (95/65)
Worth a look / read...
What’s the dealo with weightbelts?
Ode to deadlifts
The salt of the land / The potassium effect (on sodium)
“it only takes a few minutes of watching high-level weightlifting to realize these men and women are the most powerful athletes on the planet.”
Crazy mountain biking video