"Rest days are the hardest days."
This is something one of my 1-1 Coaching clients said to me a few weeks ago.
This is a guy who's coming out of a tough stage in his life. He's struggled with addiction and he lacks belief in himself, which he found has been holding him back.
Part of his plan to pull a 180 and live a focused, productive life with confidence that rivals Conor McGregor is to start by getting his body right. A quality strength training and nutrition plan to get his body in shape, put himself on an upward trajectory, and create a foundation to build from.
And he's doing a brilliant job of it. His transformation has been incredible already, and it's still very much in progress.
Check him out. This is after just 6 weeks of murdering it in the gym.
But, as he said, rest days are the hardest days.
The hardest to to stay focused. The hardest to stay on the nutrition plan. The hardest to stay on the path in general.
When he trains, he's on fire. A man on a mission. But when he doesn't, he struggles to stay on track.
Playing With Fire
For many, a moderate approach works best. We have busy lives. Time and resources are limited.
In this case, a 3-day per week training plan works best. Something that will realistically work with their schedule, while still creating great results (Don't underestimate the power of 3 good training sessions per week).
For others, playing with moderation is like playing with fire.
Strength training is the ultimate domino habit. It has the ability to set the tone in every area of your life, including work, relationships, and how you feel about yourself in general (plus, it makes you look awesome, which is a nice side effect).
So when you go a day without it, there's too much space for old habits to creep in and take hold. It's harder to stay focused on good nutrition, and momentum becomes tough to maintain.
In a way, you're redesigning your identity. You're going from someone who didn't take care of themselves, who is overweight and weak. Someone who eats their feelings, and sabotages their own life.
And you're becoming someone who lifts weights. Someone who's strong, focused, and capable. Someone who welcomes new challenges with open arms.
You're going from someone who struggles, to someone who thrives.
To accomplish such a transition, in a way, you need to kill your old self. And the only way to do this is through suffocation.
Suffocate your old self with your new self. Suffocate your old habits with new ones. Suffocate your bullshit with who you know you can be.
Moderation can't do that. You'll need to go all in.
Daily training (5-6 days per week). On-point nutrition (7 days per week). And a willingness to let go of the struggle, and allow yourself to be one who thrives.
Moderation has it's place. Life can get crazy, stuff will happen, and moderation will serve you well here.
But when you're making this transition, this is the time to go all-in.
Speaking of going all-in, if you're ready to suffocate your bullshit and take your results to the next level, I know a guy who will get you there (spoiler alert: it's me).
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