Why are YOU here? – by Jamie Bolton

Why are you here? Why are you training?

Do you want to even be?
These are basic, but serious questions that everyone should ask themselves when training. Basic, but very revealing.

If it’s because you WANT to be better. Because you WANT to progress. Welcome. You realise that you are in this for the long run. You realise that this isn’t some short term thing. This is a lifestyle for you. You’re not just doing this because you feel you ‘have to’. You’re doing this because you want to. When the going gets tough, you’ll still be there. And that’s exactly why this kind of person gets the results that everyone else is envious of.

If its because you feel you ‘ought’ to be here you may want to think again about what you are really achieving. Is this a chore for you? Are you just ‘going through the motions’? Is this just something you begrudgingly force yourself to do? If it is, let me ask you this. When was the last time you saw results? I thought so.

If you are only in this for the short run, don’t be surprised by a lack of progress.
Your viewpoint will massively affect your results in this game.

When you see it as a lifestyle, it’s suddenly not hard to find time to train. It’s not hard to make the right food choices. Why? Because it’s who you are. You’re in it for the long haul. Progress occurs as an accumulation of your consistent actions.

If it’s some ‘chore’ that has to be done, then what do you think will happen? Well, eventually it ends up like all chores. Like the dishes. Like the washing. It gets put off with excuses until the point where you realise you haven’t trained this week. Or even this month. You’re no longer progressing. At best you’re fighting to stand still. In reality, you’re regressing. The analogy only runs so far. It’s not like the dishes where you can put it off, then wash and rinse and you’re back on top.  It’s more like building a straw house, then halfway through stopping and letting it blow away. Each time you’re starting from scratch!

Don't take this approach to training, you don't get anywhere fast

What I’m getting at here is that your viewpoint on this is going to affect your end results. If this is some chore for you, then don’t be surprised when you seem to be endlessly spinning your wheels and making limited, if any, progress.

If this is your lifestyle, then welcome. Progress will come to you. At times it may be fast. At times it may be slow. But your on the right track. And you’ll get there in the end. As long as you stick to it.
Now, if it is a chore for you, then you really need to look ask why.

Are you going through the motions? Is it just boring? If it is, it may be time to take a long hard look at your program. When was the last time you changed things? Or how about following a pre-designed training program? Or hired someone to write one for you? Following a proper program will not only provide better prospects of results, but likely will result in increased enthusiasm. It also forces you to challenge yourself.

What about your training environment? Does your gym just plain suck? Then switch facilities. Heck, buy yourself a TRX and get outside now and again! Do you do better when training with a partner? Then find one. Or do you need to be shown ‘the ropes’ and guided through the basics in form to really ‘get it’? Then find a generous, experienced lifter and ask for help. You might be surprised at the response. Or, find a reputable trainer and pay him/her for a session or three.

How about the food side of things? Think that ‘healthy’ food is boring? It might be time to crack out a recipe book. You don’t have to just eat plain chicken breasts and broccoli. There are a tonne of different spice options, which are all natural and healthy. And there is more to meat than just plain chicken. Use your imagination. Good food doesn’t have to be unhealthy and ‘boring’.

Good food doesn't need to be boring

So, why are you here? Training doesn’t have to be a chore. Eating ‘right’ doesn’t have to be boring. It’s what you make of it. It’s always what you make of it. Embrace it as a lifestyle and watch the results flow in. Your body wants you to. It’s just the bit in your head you need to deal with.

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” – Vince Lombardi.


Make Time – by Jamie Bolton

Time. We all claim to wish we had more of it. There’s supposedly so much more we could do if only we did. 

“I could be as strong as him, but I don’t have time to train 3 hours a day”.
“Sure my diet could be tidied up, but I don’t have time to cook all that healthy food.”
“My mobility sucks but I don’t have the time to stretch and stuff.”

Some of this is misinformation. The rest is just weak excuse making at best, and plain old laziness at its worst. Yet I dread to think what a tally might come to if I kept a note of these instances over the average week.

I’ll start with the misinformation. Anyone who believes those getting results must be putting in 2-3 hour sessions daily is wrong. And heck, unless you’re a professional athlete, there is no need to do so. Most trainees that are out there looking and performing good are investing on average an hour or so a day, four to five times a week. That’s a total of about 5 hours a week. Now before you start up and moan, ‘but I can’t find 5 hours a week’, I’m going to call bulls***. How many hours a week do you spend watching TV? Thought so.

Healthy cooking? This one really winds me up. It’s not hard to eat well. Almost every piece of fruit requires no preparation beyond a bit of peeling at most. Its not very hard to steam some veggies either. And how hard is it to cover a few chicken breasts in some olive oil, salt and pepper and stick them in the oven for 20mins? Heck do it en masse, stick them in tupperware containers and you’ve got meals for the next few days pre-prepared. I always cook chicken and brown rice in bulk to get me through for a few days. It doesn’t even have to be as hard as this, the real easy option is to consume more through shakes, of the like that Ben described in his article here. There are an unbelievable amount of easy-to-cook wholesome, healthy recipes that take less than 30 minutes to do if you care to have a look.

When anyone claims they “don’t have the time”, what they are really saying is “I don’t want to find the time”. Now, that’s absolutely fine. But realise that results don’t just happen. They are worked for. If you are going to take that attitude, don’t be surprised when you’re as weak as you were a year ago, or look the same, and so on.

Life is about choices. Sure, you have a finite amount of time. But how much of it is wasted on pointless procrastination? Seriously, as a simple exercise, ban yourself from TV and general-internet browsing (with the exception of elitekinetics.com !) for a day, and suddenly you’ll realise how much time you really have. Now tell me you don’t have the time to get in that mobility work, or make healthy meals etc. And when it really boils down to it, missing a few hours of TV or internet or whatever a week isn’t a big deal. But looking and performing great? It’s absolutely priceless.

There is nothing fantastic or spectacular that those who are getting results are doing that you cannot. They simply make it a habit to do so; they consistently do it. They make the time. Stop making excuses for yourself. If you really, truly want to be better. Then just start being better. Do it from today.

I realise this could mean wholesale changes for some of you. So take baby steps. Drink too much coca-cola? Switch to diet coke. Then cut down on how many you have. Then cut it out completely. Not doing any mobility work? Then work in 5-minutes a day once you get up. Then make it 10 minutes. And so on. 

Its amazing what you can accomplish if you take it step-by-step. You have the time. Its always a choice with what you do with it. You want to be better? Be better.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” Aristotle.

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