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Be selfish: How to Make Training A Habit

Being selfish is often considered a bad trait or way to go about things. But, your fitness is one of those rare things that you can not outsource. You can not pay or trade service in order to have someone else workout for you and you see the results from it. You have to set aside time, resources, sweat, tears, and sometimes blood (remember that time you smashed your finger between the dumbbell and the rack?).

You may have seen the popular video of the Navy Seal Admiral talking about the importance of making your bed in the morning. This translates to stacking your to do list with easy, attainable goals to achieve in order to get the ball rolling and setting your day up for success. Your to do list:

  • Make bed

  • Brush teeth

  • Feed pets

  • Train a PAC

  • Go to work

You can see the momentum gained EARLY off. You start, continue, and end your day demolishing your goals at every moment.

Training is important to you. You know this. You have told your Coach why it is important to you and WHY it is that you are training. What goals, in and outside of the gym, you are wanting to accomplish.

Because training is important to you, you carve time out of your busy schedule to get it done.

Fitness is all about consistency. Think about to do #2, brushing your teeth. If you brush your teeth once a week, you are probably going to have some funny looking teeth. But if you brush your teeth once/twice a day, you will probably have a mouth of pearly whites. The same can be said about training and reaching your goals. You and your Coach have agreed on your course of action you both need to follow in order for you to achieve your goals. You have a set number of sessions a week. You need to do everything in your power to ensure that you get those sessions in safely, at the intensity you need, with the appropriate rest periods.

Sit down with your calendar, carve out time. Simply block out time that says “GYM” for an hour or an hour and a half (to workout, shower, etc) and don’t schedule anything else in that time. Something comes up that you need to do during this time? “Sorry, it’s blocked out. Can we reschedule. I have to workout at that time.”

That is your response. Signed, sealed, and delivered.

Shane Jenne



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