Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Releasing the Beast Within

One of the hardest things to communicate to clients and to people in general is the concept of "working hard" because that is relative to each person. What I might believe to be hard work could be different for someone else. However, the one common thread in hard work is giving an effort that you are capable of giving based on your fitness level. If you do not have any orthopedic limitations, cardiovascular disease or pulmonary issues then there is no reason that you can't release the workout animal inside you.

So, how can you release the workout beast inside you to help you crush your workouts and push harder and stronger than ever before. We'll, here's some tips.


That first ounce of fatigue and tiredness is not your cue to turn down the engines and call it a day. The fact is that you can push yourself way more than you ever thought if you just meet the fear of pain that you have in the face. One thing that really shows me the toughness of a person is how they react when they stare body crushing fatigue in the face. This is the type of fatigue that makes cowards of the toughest dudes out there. The type of fatigue that makes you question your ability to finish or make it through. It is in that moment when doubt comes in during the workout when I am watching the closest because that is when champions are made and when toughness is accomplished. Don't be afraid to meet the pain!


One of the biggest things is to just know you body and listen to it. If you are feeling good then rev up the engines and test yourself in your workout. If you are feeling totally fatigued before you get into the gym and you have been for a while then you probably need to back off as overtraining might be setting in. As much as I want you to crush, I also know that you must rest to get the results you want.


A little competition can really do the trick when you are looking for a way to really pump up the intensity. If you are into the spirit of competition one of the greatest ways to compete is against yourself. Challenge yourself to a workout that you are afraid or that you fear! Meet that challenge and then next time try to do it better than before. You won't know unless you try! Another reason I say compete against yourself is also because it is easier to get motivated when competing against other people. The challenge is in front of your face in the form of another person, but what about when there is nothing tangible to look at or focus on? The real competition is against yourself. I always follow this training saying from my college track and field coach..."It is not what you do when everyone is looking at you, it is what you do when no one is looking." I love that saying because really...how hard are you training and competing against yourself when no one's around?


Train with someone who will keep you accountable and who will give you a swift kick in the butt when you workout. Have a little mini-competitions between the two of you. Having someone to push you can make all the difference sometimes.


Sounds strange to hear this, but rest is the great equilizer when it comes to hard hitting and intense workouts. What I mean is that this is about quality not quantity. You can't release the beast within if you don't give your body the necessary rest and recovery between bone crushing workouts. People think I workout everyday and that couldn't be farther from the truth! I only workout 3-4 times a week, but I can assure you that those 3-4 times test my mental and physical toughnesse every time out. I couldn't accomplish my level of high intensity training without sufficient rest and proper recovery practices. Resting and proper nutritional practices after workouts refuels the body's energy reserves to ready you for the next workout.

That's all for now. I have to gear up class in an hour. I have to get my mind right...whooooo! Let's get this!

Dr. Darian
"Let Your Heart Wear the Crown, Not Your Head"
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