Life is rarely a straight path.
Often when you least expect it, Your life can turn upside down. Maybe you decide or are forced to change jobs. Maybe you decide or are forced to have a change in a relationship. Maybe you experience a loss of some kind and all of the sudden everyday is met with uncertainty and confusion.
In the last couple of months, I made the decision to sell a business that I have owned for nearly 17 years. The decision was not easy at all.
Sure, anything else I would do for employment would be at least somewhat less time-consuming (I owned a restaurant that I worked at seven days a week, only taking the major holidays off when we were closed.) But, in making this decision I knew that my income wasn’t necessarily going to be at or even close to what I was making at the restaurant.
I did know intuitively that even though I may experience some tough times, I had to make this change to begin a path for a more fulfilled life.
Training with weights has always been therapeutic to me and the one constant entity in my life. My time at the gym or in my basement with the iron is “church” for me.
When life throws a monkey wrench at you I would advise to keep perspective and if you have to pare down your training to keep progression toward your goals so be it. I have done exactly three, yes three exercises for 95% of my training during this “transitional” phase.
I have performed these exercises progressively adding weight in the last few months and am very happy with the results. I stay a few reps shy of failure and even with the turmoil, I’m still progressing in strength and aesthetics—-each being in line with my current goals.
Life is rarely a straight path. Keep your compass pointed towards your goals. If you have to scale back, do so but don’t put off your training for when the sun is shining everyday.
These times build all-important character traits of inner-strength that will serve you no matter what life throws at you.