The last day of training week as always goes to developing flexibility and stretching. If to someone it seems boring or unnecessary to someone, believe me, only one who has not stretched for a long time and has lost the flexibility, will be able to truly appreciate the importance of this exercises
Today I prepared a parable for you!
Once a traveler was walking down upon a dusty road and around the corner, right in the blaze of the sun, in the dust, he saw a man cutting a huge stone. The man cut the stone and wept very bitterly.
The traveler asked him why he cried and the man told him that he was the unhappiest man on Earth with the most difficult job in the world. Each day he is forced to cut huge stones, earn his pittance, which is barely enough to have some food. The traveler gave him a coin, went ahead and...
...around the next corner of the road he saw another man, who was also cutting a huge stone, but he didn’t cry, he was focused on his work. And the traveler asked him also, what he was doing, and stonecutter said that he was working. Every day he came to this place and cut his stone. It was hard work, but he was happy with it, and the money he received, was well enough to feed his family. The traveler praised him, gave him a coin, went ahead and...
...around the next corner he saw another stonecutter, who cut a huge stone in the heat and dust and sang a joyful, cheerful song. The traveler was amazed. "What are you doing?!!" – he asked. The man raised his head and the traveler saw his happy face.
"Don’t you see? I’m building a temple!"
So, where was I? Oh, yes. Yesterday after a mind-and-body-killing day, returning back home late I was absolutely exhausted and realized that I didn’t want to train at all. Usually every evening I pump my abs according to this program or to any other, but from time to time I just don’t have any strength or desire to do it. And although I know that I need to train, that it’s good and useful, but still I need some more serious motivation to train.
In those moments of life I remember the parable about a temple. In this case the temple is a metaphor, which means for me my ideas about what kind of result I want to achieve. And I imagine that every training session is like a brick, which I lay building my “temple”. And only laying brick by brick regularly you can achieve your goal. This is the only way. But that’s not all.
The above parable also perfectly shows that in fact our life is much more determined by how we perceive it and not what it actually is. As I like to say, there are two ways out from every situation: either you change it or change your attitude towards it. Though I usually bring in this idea when it comes to the work, not training, but the essence remains the same. If you want to succeed in something, you have to love it, you have to find a true sense in it.
When I started to perform WorkOut trainings at first I set strength, beauty (aesthetic body shape) and health as goals to myself. Of course, these are the good goals. But now one more goal is added – I want to become an example to other people and show them, what it is possible to accomplish due to WorkOut. I clearly remember how I was impressed by the guys from Wingate Park (Part1, Part2, Part3). They were not professional athletes or fitness trainers, their training was something more like a hobby to them and they trained with a company of friends and acquaintances in the parks at evening time. But they were well-knit, had good strength and showed considerable imagination in terms of exercises and combinations. And we’re not talking about some king of complex and entertainment exercises, namely about interesting and effective. WorkOut itself arose from these ideas, though many people have forgotten or don’t even know about them.
Well, my point is that I could hardly force myself to train at 0:00 a.m. just for the sake of my health and strength. But when there’s a goal of a higher order, it energizes you, give you a boost! I strongly recommend you try finding some higher, moral goal for your trainings, which will give you strength to do workout in the moments of their decline or lack of desire.