When I was in high school, I thought that I must be a genius because I came up with a new formula for some geometry problem. The best part was that it was easy and I found my solution very quickly. It worked out great for me until the day that I took the test and my formula failed to produce the correct solution to the problems.
Easy isn’t always better. I still do like to think outside of the box, however I am not always looking for the easy way out. In fact I find that the harder I work the bigger the payoff is for me. When I workout, I am usually going in solo. In the past when I had a team around me or even a workout partner or trainer, there is usually some kind of competition. I don’t want to fail, give up or give less effort. If I am doing someone else’s program I have to keep up. If I am leading the program, I want to make sure everyone else knows how hard it is. So, when I go into the gym by myself, I know that I can’t make it easy on myself. I know what it feels like to train hard and I know what I should feel like when I go through my workout.
When I train, I work more focus more on muscle endurance and activating my core and my stabilizer muscles. For others, it might be more about having a 400 pound bench. I’m more about increasing my overall athleticism. I change-up my workouts every day. I take exercises and make them harder. When I bench, I might pick my feet off of the ground or might do rows from a plank position or I might do dynamic push-ups (drop from an elevated level and push back up to it from the ground).
If it is an exercise that is too hard to do, I will work on it until I can perform it. I am currently working on one-legged squats. I’m using a TRX to help me keep my balance. I’m planning on being able to do these unassisted, within a couple of weeks.
When I accomplish something that I consider hard. And I continue to do it, I find that it actually becomes what I consider easy in many cases. Increase the difficulty and conquer your next challenge. Learn to S.W.I.M.™