A NOTE FROM COACH THEO #LunchTimeInspiration
8,781 hours of training since I first began in 6th grade.
If you heard a snippet of my story, you know at the age of 12 Rocky Balboa inspired me to start running sprints around my house, do push-ups daily, and begin lifting my dad’s rusted out weights he had lying around in the garage. Over the last 21 years I have only skipped an 8 week stint without working out after college wrestling ended and burn out began. So this calculated number is based on a minimum 6 day per week routine, years of 2-3 hours of training and two-a-days for wrestling, and tacking on the two year period when I completed 7 marathons.
There’s a lot you learn after all those hours of training and trying almost every method of working out you can possibly think of. The revolutionary finding is this….Simple is better because Simple works.
You come to a point as a fitness coach and athlete where you stick to the same system, challenges, and protocols that work, and eliminate the complicated, risky, and fancy ones that don’t. Why not focus on things that give us the most bang for our buck? Now this isn’t always “fun” for newbies and individuals with commitment issues. But what’s special about you FMU gamers is that you get it and #TrustTheProcess.
This Summer Shred Series again incorporates a lot of basic components—bodyweight training, weights, sprints, and incredible total body athletic movements. What you do outside of the gym will be more important however. It’s time to step up your game with nutrition, sleep, off-day workouts, and reducing stress from your life.
And I totally understand that some of you don’t want to or can’t think when you come into the gym. You have a lot going on and this is your release and escape and you want to just DO. I get it and I appreciate it. But part of my vision for FMU is to be a teaching facility. Wonder if one day something happens and I’m not there anymore? FMU has to continue and it’s you—the community—that will carry it on because you KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING and you don’t need me because you understand the concepts of training and what makes up an effective workout.
So here are some one-liners I want you to think about to help you gain more from your workouts:
1. You don’t have to kill yourself to get in great shape.
2. Slow things down sometimes.
3. Pick up heavier weights from time to time.
4. Focus on your breathing through your movements.
5. Reduce your reps if you’re losing form.
6. Don’t strive to be in the red zone every workout.
7. Count your reps.
8. If something is too easy figure out a way to make it more challenging or enjoy the break.
9. Go with new people.
10. Introduce yourself to new members.
There’s #Truth in the statement that, “The more you begin to know, the more you realize you don’t know.”
I still have a lot to learn. Rest assured that over the next 8,781 hours of training, whatever is revealed to me will be revealed to you. And it may just be an absolute game-changer for you, me, and everyone in our lives.