07 June, 2011

Truly Inspired

Inspiration is a funny thing. I always thought it was relatively easy to inspire myself and others, that is, until I tried it. I believed that a few good words, a little encouragement, a look like you were about to do something crazy and awesome all tied up with a bow and packaged in some sort of loose interpretation that insinuated the meaning of life and you had it! Inspiration! Maybe if your life is a movie with Denzel Washington or Mattew McConaughey as the lead but for the rest of us there is a little more to it. I was consulting with a potential client last evening and had an example of false inspiration pushed directly to the forefront. This gentleman had all of the right answers to every question that I could have thought to ask. Why is this not the best thing in the world? Because they weren't his answers whatsoever. This guy wanted to lose weight, tone, sculpt, core strengthen, and focus on building fast twitch muscle like a mad man. After a few minutes of talking, he unraveled into explaining that he didn't know what any of that meant, that he'd read men's fitness to study up on some terms so that he didn't sound like he knew nothing. Let me say here, there is nothing wrong with this at all. We all want to know kind of what we are doing or at least appear that way. Magazines and other resources (like the bull shit that I hack out) can be good places to find some info, encouragement, accountability, and even a laugh here or there. This is not, in my opinion, true inspiration. By definition, inspiration is stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. To be truly inspired, emotions need to be involved in some facet and it is a small, sick group of us that can get emotional about push ups. Find something that moves you, something that hits you hard enough that you simply cannot remain still, and use that to inspire yourself into new levels of personal achievements. The rest of us will still be here to encourage you and give you words to use that sound great and don't mean too much at all, like dynamic flexibility and diminished proprioceptive resources. That said... lets do some cardio!

5 min warm up
4x 100 meter sprints
2x 800 meter run ( 80% of max sprint)
2 mile jog
4 x 60 sec plank
5 min cool down



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