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Light Day

I wanted an off day but I still wanted to go to the gym, so it was sort of a light day for me today – just calves and a bit of abs.

Went to the gym in the morning, did cardio, calves, abs, cardio, short and sweet!

20 min elliptical

(30 sec rest)

standing calf raise:  155 x 10; 195 x 10; 295 x 15, 15, 15, 15

seated calf raise:  120 x 20, 20, 20, 20

roman chair knee raise x 20, 20, 20

20 min elliptical

 

I hope I enjoyed this rest day, because tomorrow is gonna be brutal!  Just you wait…

 

Today was a rest day.  I did an hour of Spin, running lots of errands, time to reflect.

So what does FF stand for?  Check out the title of my video link above.  Fat F*#%

What is an FF Mentality?  You think that you can’t compete physically, and the only way you can approach the world is by being funny, or by doing something poorly and poking fun at yourself while you do it.  You don’t feel like a competitor, you feel like comedy relief.

Look at the video above again.  While I find that clip hilarious and that movie hilarious, that was how I approached my physical activities growing up.  I didn’t think I could do the sport WELL, so I jumped in and did it and goofed off, or at the very least, didn’t allow myself to expect to do well.  I cultivated this mentality of being ready to swing and miss and then go sit back down, to slip and fall off the diving board and make people laugh, then go sit back down.  When it was my time for the spotlight, I got ready to make them laugh.  You become the opposite of an athlete, you become a clown.

This summer is about dealing with that mentality, about stepping into the spotlight and not only competing, but having them take you seriously.  I have put in a lot of hard work off and on in the gym over the past few years, I am very comfortable there and am all business when it is just me, but when I have a workout partner or a trainer, I still have this tendency to slip back into the “make them laugh” mentality.  It was a way of socializing while I grew up, and it’s hard to shake.

Even when I thought about making my Fusion bench press video, I long considered making it as goofy as possible.  I didn’t think instinctively I could just do it cut and dry.

I still have this nagging fear that people are watching me when I work out, and are laughing at me.

I recognize that for me to advance in my training, for me to build the body I want, for me to win this Body Transformation challenge, I have to shed the identity of clown, and reclaim the identity of athlete.  Everyone starts out as a kid being told the object is to win the game, but in the first few tries, you start to get shuffled into this pecking order.  And the athletes grew up fit, and the fat kids grew up funny.

If you try hard, if you train like an athlete and consistently show up and put in the work, guess what?  You are an athlete.  Stop doubting yourself.

Rest Day or Punishment Day?

One of the reasons overtraining as a concept exists is that people don’t realize that lifting weights or going for a run is only PART of your training.  I read a comment on youtube today:  there is no overtraining, only undereating and undersleeping.  I think that makes an important point:  diet, rest and exercise all have to come together for you to train.  (Not to say you can’t overeat or oversleep, haha!)  You have to remember to balance, you can train like a beast, but you also eat like a horse and sleep like a rock.

 

thanks Goku!

 

So Friday I trained hard.  Now Saturday I get to take it easy.  It’s rest day!!  Hooray!

 

I slept in and headed down to the gym to do some cardio (active rest day! not comatose rest day! live your life and do what you love!).  My neighbour asked me to join him for a 11 am spin.  And so it was.

Monique taught this spin, and… what to say.  Not to come off as overly critical, because without spin teachers I would be bored out of my mind doing cardio alone, buuuuut… this chick needs to learn some new songs.  The record is broken, people!  While we’re at it, she needs to learn about fartlek.  15 min of heavy seated climbs results in a very sweaty Jeremy still breathing through his nose and with a not-so-elevated heart rate.  Balance the seated climbs out by sprinkling in some sprints!  Keep the heart rate bouncing around!

 

After class, my neighbour invited me to go see the new GI Joe movie, which was EQUALLY as painful!  Today has felt like an odd punishment for my hard work, haha.

 

How about you?  Was today a rest day?  Leave a comment!