When it stops working

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Recently I had a client who recognized that what he was doing in life wasn’t working. He had been repeating the same behaviors and expecting things to change. (mostly to get out of pain) I supported him, talked about awareness and also encouraged changes. But often the changes were something he wasn’t interested in doing. It mostly came down to he didn’t have enough time to do the things that could potentially help him get out of pain. This finally got old, because the pains weren’t going away and life became increasing challenging and he finally had enough.

Something clicked one day and he came in to say that what he was doing wasn’t working. That he needed to do something differently and see if it worked. I told him I fully supported him and was happy to hear that he had the awareness that something new must happen.

I ask my students to practice awareness both in and out of the gym. And often you can see changes that need to be made.  Keeping that awareness high and actually putting something new into practice might be the harder part. That is of course until you get to your breaking point.  This could be an injury or just plain fed up with what’s happening. We’ve all done something for a long time that has gotten the job done.

As I coach I am here to guide you through that process. And as a student its up to you to hear me, evaluate the information and put things into practice. You know this, but I can’t do the work for you. And I might want something to change more than you do, which is a challenging and awkward place to be as a coach.

Some of you you might say, duh, of course you change the behavior. But as most of us know, practicing new behaviors takes just that, Practice. It won’t be perfect at the start and you will probably mess up, but the point is you are putting in effort.  I encourage you to look at your life and see what’s not working. Maybe you are always tired, or you just can’t seem to loose the weight you want to take off or you can’t get yourself to the gym. Try looking at the situation differently. See what other things can be changed to get what you want. Or maybe, what you say you want, isn’t really what you want.


Wednesday’s Workout
Test Week

“The Lauren”
For time:
Row 2,000m
Run 1 mile
Row 1,000m
Run 800m
Row 500m
Run 400m
Row 250m
Run 200m
(35 minute cap)

Thursday’s Workout
Test Week

A) Testing the Hinge Archetype

B) Single-arm Kettelbell Complex:
7 Suitcase Deadlifts
6 Swings (Russian)
5 Swing Cleans
3 Thrusters
Find your heaviest weight for max unbroken rounds, alternating arms every 2 rounds

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