I want to share a personal story with you today … I’m not normally the type to talk about my own personal goals – I’d rather focus on helping all of you reach yours … but I think this story will strike a chord with some of your out there:
Just a few months ago, I went and played about two hours of pick-up basketball on a challenge. I didn’t tear it up, but I certainly held my own – which I was actually pretty happy to be able to do, considering I hadn’t touched a basketball for about two years.
Fast forward about a month. I’m at the gym and one of the meathead regulars is talking s#$% because I never do flat barbell bench. So (after not having touched the bench for about 5 months) I knock out 18 consecutive reps – certainly not my personal best, but no too bad, either.
And just yesterday I went on a 45 mile bike ride and survived. Funny thing was I’ve only been riding about once a week for 10-15 miles at a time.
The point is, when you’re training for all around fitness, performing reasonably well at a random fitness task at any given time is very possible – in fact, not too difficult. I only train for about about 45 minutes a day, six days a week. You just have to know how to train for it.
Typically what happens is that you train for one specific goal – which is perfectly admirable and fine. But you end up getting really good at one thing – really strong, for example – at the expense of others. In other words, there aren’t a lot of competitive power lifters that could go out and run a marathon very well.
This is great for elite athletes. But for us everyday folks, all-around fitness is what we’re after.
So how do you do this? Buy all my stuff! Just kidding (not really, actually But No Gym? No Excuse!, The KettlebellBasics.net Quick Start Guide (which is on sale this week, by the way) and the Ultimate Fitness Resource Toolkit are three great places to start, no joke. (And if you want all three, check out the No Gym? No Excuse! checkout page for a super-secret extreme deal).
That’s it for today! Have a great weekend!