In the Spirit of Playfulness
Tuesday’s Workout (CAP)
In 30 minutes, find your 1RM Squat Snatch
In 20 minutes find your 1RM Back Squat
And coming Wednesday (NO CAP)
50 Russian KB Swings (2 pood/1.5 pood)
100 Double Unders
100 Double Unders
50 Russian KB Swings
Training is serious business, right? Well if it’s so serious, then how do you have a good time doing it? And hey, is having a good time really necessary anyway?
After doing this sport and others like it for over 25 years, I’d say having a good time is absolutely necessary. It keeps me coming back day after day after day. And believe me, all I need is a little excuse to not show up. What do I recommend doing to keep it light, keep it fun? PLAYFULNESS. Yes, playfulness. Step into your workouts with a mindset of playfulness, inject it into your time in the gym, right smack dab into the middle of your workout… and stop taking yourself or whatever it is you’re doing too seriously.
When’s the last time you checked your face during a workout between reps? Serious? Or do you crack a smile? And how about dancing just to keep things light? And what’s up with that temper when something goes wrong (as it always does?) Why are you making it matter so much? You’re in this for the long haul, right? Do your really think you or anyone else is going to care about how you did on that workout 5-10 years from now? But you (and they) might remember your attitude in the process.
Keep working hard – and your workouts within your capacity to do good, solid, intense work, not so hard that would cause you injury. Check in with yourself during workouts, cut them short if need be. Learn. Grown. Train. Practice. And for gosh don don sake, lighten up and have some fun. You’re training for the rest of your life – might as well have a good time doin’ it.