Yesterday you were tired from work, and today is a day off so it doesn’t make sense to spoil it with training. They are after all only two training sessions. But is it really so, or is every training important?
Every training that we miss without good reason impedes our progress. Perhaps today's weight would have just been a warm up if we went through with every workout we had planned. But no, we skipped because of short-term pleasure, not knowing that we actually sacrificed the real long-term progress. Winners train when they are tired, deprived or frustrated, or when they are facing various problems. For them, there is no excuse. A skipped training is always just a skipped training - regardless of the reason. And if we will be a little harsher, then we can say that a skipped training is a skipped opportunity for development that we have irretrievably lost.
Being fit is a lifestyle choice. Every day we face choices that bring us closer to (or away from) our desired goal. Whether we want to lose a few pounds, gain some muscle, whether we want to become the new Lionel Messi, LeBron James, Roger Federer, or become the fittest man in the world. Things we do every day define us. Together with the choices we make. One wrong choice will not make a difference, but one skipped training when all was not ideal will make the next bad choice bearable. In time, we will develop the habit of telling us that it is normal not to train in conditions when in the past we skipped training.
With two reps that we skipped yesterday and the one set we skipped today, we increase the likelihood of skipping them again in the future. Skipped training when you were delayed at work or when it was too hot will dictate the thinking that it is normal to skip training in these conditions. So subconsciously, we can develop more bad habits. However, we all know that this is not a characteristic of success. Successful people know that every workout is essential. They know that the morning alarm that they set the previous day in order to get up early for training means only one thing, regardless of the enormous desire to stay in bed. They rise up out of bed and do their training, while those less successful choose the easier way and decide to get some sleep. Such choices make the difference between the best and the rest.
Just do the right thing regardless of the obstacles. Because the success or lack of success will be determined by what we do every day. Success depends on our habits. And our habits are what lead us to our goal, not our talent or excellent ideas. What we do every day determines our fate. We are what we do every day.
There is another whole series of habits that can hinder us in our progress. We all know that we move too little, and yet we use the elevator when we can use the stairs (my neighbors use it even when they need to get to the first floor!), we use our cars to the destinations where we can be in 10 minutes of walking, we choose breakfast from the bakery instead to wake up 20 minutes earlier and prepare a healthy breakfast, etc. Bad choices that create bad habits facilitate the adoption of new bad choices including new bad habits.
What we do, build us. By the way we think and the habits that we created, we can find ourselfs in one of the three following situations:
1) We can be the ones who stand on the side and watch how others are progressing (and complain how it’s easier for them - “because they have an easier job, a better genetic predisposition…”).
2) We can be the ones who think about how it would be if we had the right opportunity or if we acted when we first had to.
3) We can be the ones who work and act, and ones who will not regret missed opportunities.
Do not become a slave to bad habits and start to act. Not next week, not tomorrow, today! Make a good lifestyle your habit.
If every bad choice is looked at isolated, then those bad choices do not have great importance. But every bad choice facilitates the adoption of new bad choices. If they were looked at as a whole, their total effect would be enormous, even though if looked at in isolation they seem meaningless. That is the theory of accumulation.
There are no irrelevant choices. One poorly placed training, one bad meal, one skipped self myofascial release, one beer too many. Everything counts and nothing is irrelevant.
The training that we have not done well today increases the likelihood that we will not deal with tomorrow’s training with 100%, and the bad meal last week will make today's bad meal a bearable choice. The more often you make a bad decision, it is easier to justify a new bad choice. So our theory of accumulation indicates that every choice matters.
Somebody's going to say that rest days have an important role and that we cannot constantly train and keep a high intensity. We are going to agree with that. Rest days really play a very important role in long-term training, especially in the high intensity training of athletes. However, rest should be earned. Have you earned your rest day?
Training is skipped only with a reason - injury, illness or family emergency situations. Heat, bad day at work, traffic jams, being lazy or watching movies late into the night are not good reasons.
Skipping workouts create a bad habit. Likewise, by not skipping workouts we are creating a good habit. The theory of accumulation tells us that an individual training does not mean much, but their total sum over a longer period is of great significance. Bad choices we make seem insignificant if we look at them in isolation, but in a month, a year or throughout the life they create a very big difference. They share successful from unsuccessful. Examine it and thereby be realistic. Did you give your best or could you be better? Take time to honestly answer to the previous question and then move on to the next. Do you really want success? If you really want it, then you need to know - every training is essential. Pretending that you want success will not bring results and time will prove that mercilessly. Being fit is the sum of the daily habits and the result of the accumulation of all the good and bad choices that you do from an early age. If you have not already, it's time to form good habits. One that will allow you to achieve your goals, not those that will inhibit it. Form habits that will force you to do the right thing in every situation.
It is time for training!