Thursday, February 21

Yeah I know it’s a joke, but it’s funny because it’s TRUE!!!!!!

How many of us could benefit from stepping back from time to time to fix the things that are holding us back?

I’ll use myself as an example. I could spend 20 extra minutes loosening up my shoulders before every snatch, overhead squat, and jerk day. And I could get through the workout relatively pain free and maybe even RX’d. And then I could do that again the next time one of those movements comes up. And then again the next time and so on. I could get in a really nice routine of having to do 20 extra minutes of mobility and warm up just to do the workout of the day. That sounds like a great idea, right?

The answer is no. I should figure out the underlying issue of WHY my shoulders are always tight, either by myself or with the help of a professional, and then spend time fixing those issues.

On a day like Wednesday this week, that may mean skipping the overhead squats out of the rack and doing the rehab exercises for my shoulders. Those 15 minutes could be spent fixing my issue. And maybe I do that for 3-4 weeks each time a movement comes up that gives me trouble.

Hopefully I have made some real, permanent changes that may require some maintenance work, but not the constant extra time required before. Also, I will feel better and perform better because I will be moving in better positions.

If you are doing the same thing every day before working out and feel like you have to do those things EVERY day, you need to change what you are doing. You’re definitely not making real change to whatever issue you have if you have to do it every day, and every day feels like starting from scratch.

Take one step back to move three steps forward. It’s such a simple concept, but it’s so hard to do! We let our ego get in the way. We don’t want to “miss out” on anything. But if your goal is to perform at YOUR best, sometimes stepping back, slowing down, and going through the basics again can be the best thing.

Workout for Thursday, February 21
5 Rounds
4 minutes of Steady Biking or Rowing (150 BPM)
1 min Steady Pace Air Squats
1 min Steady Pace Burpees
*No Rest Between Rounds

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