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Try A New Exercise This Week

Try A New Exercise This Week

It’s real easy to stick with the same exercise routine every day or every week. To keep doing those same movements that you know so well. Same thing goes with that nutrition plan and daily activities.

Now, it’s good to have a set routine, but without variety, we can become bored. Motivation can go out the window because we’re no longer challenging ourselves. Muscle growth can stop and we can easily lose a lot of that hard earned progress…

When we learn something new- an exercise, a skill, a hobby, etc… motivation goes flying up. The Mind/Body becomes engaged and energy increases. Things become fun again. This is where your overall progress starts back up.

“What Should I Change Up?”

If you’re doing the same thing in the gym every day, just change it up A LITTLE and note how you feel AFTER the workout.

For exmple: If you always do cardio, try some strength training:

Simple Strength Training

1 Set of Bench Press or Pushups
2 Sets of Body Weight or Barbell Squats
1 Sets of Bent Over Rows

That right there is a very simple change that’ll do wonders for your energy, motivation, and Body.

Another simple change up would be to spend one day doing Yoga, deep breathing, stretching and mobility exercises. These help with recovery which will get you feeling refreshed and renewed for your next workout.

FEAR AND LEARNING

You can also take a little time to learn a brand new exercise or way of training. Ask a trainer at your gym or do some research on a new training method. The simple act of asking and then engaging in that unfamiliar process will get you excited, motivated, and focused on your fitness progress.

When we learn something new- especially something that scares us- confidence levels go up. New neural synapses and connections are created in the brain and we feel a deep sense of empowerment and satisfaction.

If you REALLY, REALLY want to get your motivation and energy up, choose an exercise or new way of training that’s way outside your comfort zone. This will boost you up and get you feeling incredible.

WORKOUT CONFIDENCE

Confidence is a huge part of my training and coaching philosophy. I take a lot of time to train my clients to:

1) Come in excited, eager to workout and learn new skills.
2) To engage fully and enjoy the process of working out.
3) To leave feeling on top of the world. CONFIDENT as ever.

If you’re not feeling engaged and confident, it’s time to switch things up a bit. Try that new exercise this week. Ask someone to teach you a new skill. Get excited. All of this increases the energy and the strength of your Body!!

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Just Push It- It’s All Heart And Soul

Just Push It- It’s All Heart And Soul

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“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Your workouts are what develop you as a human being. They provide the challenge you need to push through barriers. They allow you to confront limiting beliefs and mental weakness. And it’s the ability to feel that pain and still push on, growing stronger and stronger… that’s what matters in life.

As a personal trainer, one of the most common things I hear is “some days I just can’t do it. I don’t have the strength.”

When I hear this, I’m thinking two things: 1) Physically, the body is drained. It’s struggling a little bit. So yeah, let’s look at nutrition, stretching and breathing, sleep, etc. Get some of the vitality back. 2) The mind has been FOOLED and there’s a belief that the body is the only thing at work during these workouts.

What we have to constantly remind ourselves of is that our mind and body are pushing through these workouts as one force. But more importantly, there’s a higher aspect of heart and soul behind the whole entire thing.

Heart and soul is what separates you into two categories. One is doing “alright” in the gym and with your journey of personal growth. The other is absolutely cruising to a better, stronger, and more resilient place in your life.

We often hit our final reps like this: We feel our bodies and the fatigue. Becoming aware of the fatigue switches our mindset to slowing down and getting ready to stop. We feel like we can handle 2 or 3 more reps. Believing that’s the case, we make it happen. 2 or 3 reps and we’re done.

But the elite athlete, the champion, the one who’s been through all the pain will tell you this: It’s just a belief. When you feel your body getting tired, you DECIDE to do more reps. If you stay focused and keep the bar high, you’ll be amazed at what you’re able to pull out in those final parts of the set or the workout.

It’s all heart and soul. That’s all it is. And if you allow yourself to be carried by heart and soul, your workouts will get better, your body will get stronger, and you’ll become unstoppable. Heart and soul is what carries you when your body is too weak. When things in your life aren’t going so well, it’s heart and soul that keeps you strong.

As you evolve, just remember that you have this force behind you at all times. It’s past the mind and body, past the feelings of pain and fatigue. Let that carry you through any situation where you feel weak, tired, or held back.

BE STRONG, BE HEALTHY, BE FREE

-BARZ