Friday 20 April 2012

Bear some stress, bear some sorrows, Biding for time, quash some of your foes.  In this drama called life, always act mindfully; And revel within yourself-

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves on this fine morning a few questions are in order.  Are you addicted to over training and injuring yourself?  We know you don’t do it on purpose and repeatedly injuring yourself is unintentional, or is it?  What we are trying to discuss with you this morning is that the outcome of your self-injury often leaves a permanent mark on your life.  Whether or not your intentions were pure in the first place.

Do we dare tread the murky waters of the addiction stream today?  No, although the addiction you have to injuring yourself is eerily similar  to the release of your emotions.  Unlike talking to a friend, a running partner or your spouse about aggression, fear and self hate.  The tools you employ in injuring yourself while running, lifting and engaging in Extreme Fitness routines  give the reliable and predictable response you desire.  Your actions cannot fail you in the same ways the people in your life can.

Just as some prefer not to workout, to stay at home and cut themselves…To party too hard on the weekend, waking up in regret because of their actions the night before.  Are your actions not the same?  Which one is worse?

The Plan-

These women all 127.6lbs of them are truly Gifted and Exceptional athletes.  Their lives have been dedicated to lifting/sport and achieving at the highest possible levels within their respected discipline.  Did they watch a Reebok CrossFit commercial recently and just as quick as you can snap your fingers…Started to move around some serious weight?  Nope, not even close!  Is this video inspiring, yes!  Motivational, you bet!  An invitation to destroy yourself in the pursuit of who knows what, absolutely not!

The Workout-

Whew…Talk about building some tension in the room?  If you made it this far into the post, Congrats!  Time to roll up our sleeves to do some honest work…

Warm Up as you see fit into a thick, hardy lather and proceed with the following:

3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3 Perfect Pull Ups (Lengthen and Stretch, Nice even pulls, Change grip on each set) Alternating with…

45 Seconds of a High Push Up Plank and a Low Push Up Plank (Actively Push Away From the Floor, DO NOT Settle into these, PUSH!)  Pull Up/Plank…You get it?!?

Once you go through the above…

Whatever you choose to do as your Warm Up today, Redo it with passion and conviction!  Really get into it, safely!

Notes:

An end to another long week is upon us and deservedly so in our book, we all deserve a little “me” time and rest.  Be safe this weekend and ENJOY!!!

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19 Comments on “Friday 20 April 2012”

  1. Andrea says:

    Awesome post before the weekend. Loving the last pic of the painting with the camera. http://www.media-gypsy.com

  2. Julie says:

    I never looked at overtraining that way. Very interesting. Overtraining as a form of self punishment. I know that anytime I have overtrained, it’s been due to ego — either being competitive or impatient with myself.

    • CultFit says:

      Sadly and I hate to say this…it happens far too often and is very prevalent in today’s society. Once you strip away all the “perceived” benefits you may think you are providing yourself, only then do you realize your true meaning and purpose. Deep, deep stuff that I only skimmed here, intentionally. It starts with over training, excuses for being injured, denial…a viscous circle to say the least.

  3. Thanks for reminding us about over-training and love the painting. Have a great weekend!

    • CultFit says:

      Same to you and your family! At times you can only hint a round a topic for so long, today? Well, it’s something I am passionate about. Love yourself…

  4. urbanbeings says:

    Very thought provoking post, thank you. I have to admit I have never really thought about the psychology behind over training and injury. I find it very sad to think of exercise as a form of self-abuse or punishment. Then again, you don’t have to look too far to see other forms of supposed self-improvement, such as losing weight, turn into self-harm. Love the video, those women are amazing.

    • CultFit says:

      The last couple of years I have seen this a few times. Exchanging one addictive habit for another, one example is stopping smoking (which is so good) to start dieting and really going to the extreme with it.
      The Olympics are right around the corner in your neck of the woods…So looking forward to them. Have a great weekend!

  5. I wouldn’t call myself addicted, but thinking about it I realize I am permissive and tolerant of overtraining (I guess that’s almost as bad, huh?). Thanks for the reminder not to overdo it!

    • CultFit says:

      This is really a deep issue and unique to each individual. Part of what steers “CultFit” is that taking time to focus on ourselves should play a larger role in our daily lives. Some of our members are 2:36 Fran time X-Fit fire breathers and some simply enjoy a noce walk in the evening. What ties them together is that are “present” and “aware” of themeselves.
      Sorry about your drink earlier, Ughh a horrible way to start the day. Best of luck tomorrow and have a blast!!!

  6. sherrylcook says:

    Thank you for following my blog, Interesting one you have here. I look forward to reading more!

  7. vgrandja says:

    That’s a lot to absorb. I guess you are introspective?

    • CultFit says:

      Humbled and aware are two words that come to mind. I purposely skimmed the surface of this topic today. One, people read for two seconds, click like and leave ;). Secondly, I brought this up to invoke (possibly) an inner dialog among some of the readers today. That’s it, a conversation starter. Other blog-o-types “tell” you exactly what you should do in a day, not here! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a splendid weekend!

  8. Great post! full with humor too.. Have a lovely weekend yourself..

  9. Very interesting post today… A lot to think about!! Im left questioning my own motives at times. That last painting is awesome though! Hidden message in that one huh?! 🙂

  10. funandfiber says:

    Love your post. Overtraining sneaks up on you though, especially when you get older. Anything can be an addiction.


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