Stop Rationalizing and Lift!

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I trained a few guys over the summer. Not one of them came back after the workout I gave them. They made great promises, but still they never came back.

Many people realize that they need to change certain aspects of their life, but when they realize just how difficult it is, they rationalize their way out of it. In fact, this happens to me all the time. Just this morning, I wrote myself a workout that I realized I wasn’t able to complete because of the fact that I would not be able to perform all the reps that I had sought out to on a particular exercise.

I thought about sitting down and coming up with a new training program and “revamping” everything. I’ve been through this millions of times. It goes back to the whole idea of there not being a perfect training program. If I would have sat down and came up with a new program, I would have ended up wasting at least an hour trying to find the new “perfect” technique, then figuring out how to apply it to my new routine, etc., etc.

Instead, I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and thought about why I was working out in the first place. My goal is to get cut. As cut as possible so that I can get that six-pack. Despite your training style, a six-pack is like a trophy that you want. In reality, it means nothing, but you still want it because it shows people that “hey, this guy actually achieved something.” Maybe my motivation is all wrong, but that’s my goal. I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with myself if at some point in my life I did not hold the type of aesthetic conditioning which allowed me to see a six pack.

This is what I thought about, and instantly I picked up my kettlebell and started just working out. I just winged the rest of the workout and ended up having one of the most intense training sessions ever.

Moral of the story: sometimes you just have to workout. From the moment you wake up to the moment you pick up that weight, your brain and body will give you every reason in the book not to train. Just ignore it and train. You’ll be satisfied later.



  • Hi Parth, I completely agree with the sentiments in this post. If you don’t feel like training then the single best piece of advice i can offer is “chuck the routine to one side, and enjoy a free style session”.

    Get outside in the fresh air and the sunshine (or rain, because that is beautiful too) and act sponataneously. Do some tree climbing, jump over some benches, swim in the river, basically do what it takes to stimulate your brain. Doing the same old routine day after day will destroy your motivation and create an excuse to quit.

  • well done, man

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