Early on in your journey- any day you get to the gym is a good day. Well, let me clarify; you may be getting your ass kicked by the workouts, but at that point that’s probably what you need.
When you show up each day, you’re working on the most important thing to check off the list- work out more days than not.
Somewhere along the line, we start to realize what our bodies are capable of and set performance goals. This is when things start to become a little more fun.
The mindset shifts from “I need to work out so that I burn off this crappy food I ate” (not exactly how it works anyway) to “I need to work out so that I can deadlift 200lbs. I really want to be able to deadlift 200lbs.”
Aesthetic goals start to take care of themselves along the way too. We see shifts from “I want to lose this fat around my midsection” to “I need to be leaner so I can do a pullup- oh an by the way I look better naked too”
Over time we build expectations of our abilities.
If you don’t PR, you’re a little off the rest of the day. If you’re double unders don’t cooperate like they should, well let’s just say its beyond frustrating.I actually wrote in my training log years back (I think 2011) that “I’m not interested in doing something that I’ve done before”, meaning every single time I tried something, I wanted to set personal records.
I will say, it took me a long way.
There are times when that drive aligns and becomes very positive too. But it’s a fine line.
Now back to that first question. WTF is a bad day?
Did you know that you’re probably stronger than you need to be for just about any “real life” situation you could come across?
“My double unders went to shit”
**remove sarcastic tone**
Something didn’t go your way?
Good. We just found somewhere to get better.
The easy thing to do is react, I know.
But it’s just a test.
Maybe it’s a test of your resolve. Maybe it’s a bit of a plateau and it’s letting you know you’ve to step up your game if you want to keep progressing. Sometimes this means working harder, sometimes it means working smarter. Sometimes it doesn’t even mean working at all- maybe it means taking a day or two off to come back hungry.
I want you to step back and look at how far you’ve come.