Have you ever gotten tired from a workout and want to take a shortcut back home or stop for a few minutes? Have you ever told yourself you were going to get up at 5am and complete a workout and then ended up sleeping in? Or how about the “I’ve had a long day” excuse?
Don’t give into these emotions because you will make a habit of it in the future. When you give in, you are only cheating yourself in training. Why take a chance in jeopardizing something you have worked so hard for? Your mind has to be built like a brick wall, impenetrable to any outside negative thoughts.
For example, let’s say you fall victim to sleeping in on a 5am workout, which I have done a few times as well. Think of an exercise you hated the most in past few years, or even a conditioning exercise you did in high school. Use this exercise as punishment on top of what you were supposed to do in the morning. I use suicide runs in a mall parking lot in the late hours of the night. I touch every yellow line in the lot. In case you didn’t know, there is a ton of parking spaces in a mall parking lot, and when I finally get to the end, I realize that I have to start the workout I missed. This technique really helps if you ever think about skipping a workout or want to stop for some rest.
Never fear pushing too far or too hard. You may think you have hit your limit, but there is another line not too far away. To improve oneself, venture out into the unknown and conquer what was thought of as impossible. Then continue to build on the success and go further and further, extending the “limit.”
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” -Lance Armstrong
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