It's OK to be BAD at exercise!

What's up everyone?! How are we doing? Welcome to another post. It's been a while since I've shared a health post with you guys so I thought I'd start with trying to help you to change your mindset around a part of your fitness journey that I feel is important. 

Over the past few months, I've gone from one injury to another and I've got no one to blame but myself. Unfortunately I hadn't prepared or conditioned myself correctly for certain sports and exercises that I've taken part in recently. You'd think as a personal trainer I'd know better right?! Wrong. In doing so what I've learnt about myself is that, I hate being bad at things, so naturally I shy away from them. As a result I've come to realise that really...

"It's ok to be bad at exercise". 
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There have been times when I've shied away from training with friends and colleagues in order to hide how bad I might be at an exercise. It's natural, but It's toxic. Do that enough times and people stop asking. Although that may seem great at the time, in the long run your setting yourself back and possibly setting yourself up to fail on your journey to becoming a better version of yourself. If I'm honest, it doesn't feel nice either. But in my head I think, I'll just stick to what I'm good at. Know one can touch me there.

In life (and I'm going to use the gym as an example but it's the same in the other aspects of life), we hate to show that we are weak in areas. For example have you noticed that when you first train with a friend or colleague you generally suggest something that you are good at and vice versa? How funny is that when you think about it?! But what you need to do is embrace the things you aren't good at and work to improve them. 

Your 'Be Better' Tips:

Attack your weaknesses head on

Make time to work on things that you aren't good at. As a rule of thumb find 2 days in the week that you can dedicate to your weaknesses. whether its a certain exercise, activity or a certain discipline. Build yourself up. Don't go crazy and push too hard from the word go. Start at the bottom and improve from there. I know that there are lots of ways for you to do this and lots of specifics that I could go into. So leave me a comment below with things that you struggle with in the gym or with what you think your weaknesses are and I'll try my best to help you work it out. In the meantime here a couple of rules of thumb for your weakness days.

Weakness Day Rules Of Thumb

  1. Warm and stretch the area properly. Skipping this essential step especially when you aren't good at something will leave you closer to being injured rather than improving. Trust me I've learnt this from experience.
  2. Start with the most basic form of the exercise. By regressing the exercise, whether it be resistance or cardio, (no matter how silly you might think it looks), It'll be the best way for you to see improvement. For example from a treadmill cardio perspective, start by going through a walk, jog, walk system for periods of time or until you're feeling uncomfortable and try to better it every time you step back on. 
  3. Less is more. Do less of the exercise, with the best form you can. This may mean less reps, less weights or less time.

Side Tip: None of these mean not pushing yourself. Lets not beat around the bush, you need to work hard at your weakness. But it's all about being smart and remembering what you are trying to do.

The task here is to become a better version of yourself. It's not easy and it will take time but it's definitely possible.

I hope you've got something from this post. Remember to leave a comment if you need further help on working on your weaknesses, or if it's easier drop me an email at ashmartins84@gmail.com with the subject its ok to be bad at exercise and i'll get back to you asap.

Until next time, 

Ash