You Can't Prime Fitness
I have never been a huge fan of stand up comedy, I don’t know why, I just never got into it all that much. The other day though, I was watching Ronny Chieng on Netflix. If you haven’t seen his show, that’s ok (just go watch it right after you read this). Although the show is filled with tons of comedic genius, there was one segment that really stood out to me; society today has this urge for instant gratification. We can stream music and movies at the click of a button and Amazon will ship you just about anything in 2 days. His point was, where do we go from here? Do we eventually arrive at a time where 2 days still isn’t good enough? Rather, we want our purchase in our hands as soon as we click buy, the same way we get our tv and music. I won’t dive into where we are as a society with material needs and our ever shortening patience, but in the same way we want (need) to be immediately gratified materialistically, too many people have the same mindset when it comes to health and fitness (amongst other things, but this is a blog centered around health and fitness).
Impatience is one of the biggest killers of making progress with your health and fitness. I blame Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs for that. We are all victims of it, some more than others, but we have become so reliant on having things happen at the snap of our fingers that we have lost sight of the fact that some things just take TIME. We all want that PR, but when we realize what sort of effort and time goes into making it a reality, we immediately begin our search for a way to get there faster. How can I get from point A to point B as quickly as possible? How can I back squat 400 pounds, but only squat when I feel like it? I want a muscle up, but I don’t want to practice all the boring un-sexy drills, so what else can I do? Guess what, buddy: There’s no shortcut and you should actually spend more time practicing the nitty gritty stuff more than anything else. The funny part is, we all know the right answer. We know what it takes to lose weight (or we know to ask a professional like Revamped Nutrition), we know how to save money and we know that adhering to the fundamentals will take us where we need to go. But, there’s this little voice in all of us that ignores the practical solution and becomes determined to find another way.
Life, training, relationships are more alike than we care to admit. They are never straightforward; there is no direct route to our destination. You don’t simply hop onto the interstate for a few hours and end at grandma’s front door. There are side streets, back roads and plenty of sights to see along the way. Everything we do
requires effort and patience. The journey in itself is the adventure. The real fun, the area where we learn the most, is on the backroads filled with all of the twists, turns, occasional roadblocks and all the scenery. When I look back on my journey with sports and training, the struggles stand out more than the successes. When I get together with old teammates, our stories are always about how hard a certain practice was, how brutal a training trip was or we contend to see who suffered more. Those experiences made our successes that much more enjoyable. As you reflect back onto where you’re at in your journey, what memories stand out the most? Is it the struggles? That one WOD you’ll never forget? When you get your first muscle up, do you see a montage of all the extra hours spent doing drills and feel all the frustration you once felt slip away? Don’t undervalue those experiences, they are the lifeblood of everything you’ll do and will make your accomplishments all the more sweet when they happen.
Patience is ultimately easier said than done. Especially in today’s world where everything seems to be at the tip of our fingers. If I can order a bandaid that looks like strips of cooked bacon and have them at my door in less than 2 days, I can have anything in two days right? You can’t prime fitness. You can’t download better lifestyle choices. You can’t stream weightloss. They all take time, effort and, above all else, patience. Don’t get caught up trying to figure out a more direct route, enjoy the backroads. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”