If you’re feeling stressed out, overly anxious, didn’t get enough sleep, feeling run down and like you’re about to get a cold, then smashing your self in the gym is going to make you feel worse. This isn’t a cop out and you have to be really honest with how you’re feeling on the day. Assessing your body and how you feel as you warm up and start getting in to the workout is very important. If you’re feeling great and full of energy then go ahead and smash it! If your body is telling you otherwise then listen to it, it’s giving you warning signs.
The way we program is based around progression over months and years…not days and weeks. If you take an easier day here and there it wont have any negative impact if you’re consistently making it to training. We don’t write workouts, we write training sessions and training plans with progression as the core focus. Anyone can write a workout that will get you sore and sweaty…that’s easy! But to write a training plan that will take someone towards their goals…that’s an art.
Sometimes an easier day here and there can be a good thing so don’t beat yourself up over it. Think about the big picture. Where do you want to be 1 year, 5 years, 10 years down the track? Not next week.
One of my favourite quotes is “look at training as if you have to move a big pile of dirt. Some days you get a shovel, and other days you get a spoon. But as long as you get to move a little dirt each day, you are moving towards your goal” – John Welbourn – CEO Power Athlete