In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon.
I’m working on a separate post to come clean about what’s going on with my attitude, body image, body comp, and body weight; there’s a lot to talk about there. But it feels important to separate my feelings about how my body looks from what I do at the gym. It’s a mental trick, but it’s a really important distinction. When I’m at home going about my life, I give myself permission to examine my feelings about my body: the little belly I’ve picked up during the last 3 months of not doing any intense workouts, the roundness that I don’t like to see in my cheeks. Note that I sad I can “examine” my feelings, but I’m not being overly critical or beating myself up. My body is where it is right now; the only thing to do about that is move, eat well, and breathe. It’s valid to assess where I am and explore my feelings about it. BUT, at the gym, when I’m facing the barbell, it’s not about that. The barbell is about the breathing and focus required to move the iron from Point A to Point B.
This morning, I shut down the part of my brain that wanted to whine about how I looked a little puffy and instead, I warmed up with extra care and got to work on building up my callouses with deadlifts and overhead press.
At some point, I should probably put some actual programming science into my metcons, but for now, I’m just glad to be moving fast(ish), working up a good sweat, and re-introducing my body to the idea that it’s going to work hard for at least 10 minutes. Today’s extravaganza took about 13 minutes.
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