Training for Happiness

I never really know what I’m doing.


Some weeks I’m following some sort of program that’s loosely based off of a powerlifting plus bodybuilding program wrought full of bands and chains and hammer curls, others I’m only dedicated to strongman movements never touching anything that isn’t an odd implement. Sometimes I’m jumping into crossfit classes, throwing wallballs and doing burpees until I want puke up my paleo lunch.


No, I’m not following the latest fad of “constantly varied, off season, prepping for next years open” training plan, I just make shit up as I go, and it usually depends on my mood.


There are times where being huge and jacked sounds great, others where being the fastest son of a bitch to ever cycle hang power cleans is my goal, and sometimes I want my abs to look like I just punted some dude into a cavern while yelling about how “this is sparta,” or something.


The one constant however, is that at the time, it makes me happy.


I think a very important part of fitness is enjoying it, and being able to accept that there’s always about a hundred thousand plus people out there better than you at whatever you focus on.


So what?


Let them have the largest powerlifting total, the rippling biceps, the fastest 1 mile time, there are a lot of things I’m willing to sacrifice in life, but happiness is not one of them.


I make a special point of trying to not let my time spent improving my health turn into a chore, I never want to dread hitting the gym because my program says I have to do some shit that sucks and is boring in order to be the best athlete I can be and bring up my weaknesses.


Fuck that, I’m not getting paid to be a professional athlete, when someone wants to write me a check to move at moderate speeds and lift mediocre weights I’ll pay more attention to my programming, but until then, I’m going to do what keeps me doing the fitness thing.


I’ve been at this a long time, and I can honestly admit that there is nothing more important to my overall health and life and well being than just showing up and doing the work.


And to get me to show up, I have to be happy about it.


The great takeaway here, is to not take it all too seriously. If you’re listening to your body, keeping positive about the success of just training, and doing what’s fun and makes you happy, you will have the most successful fitness endeavors of your life.


So if you just watched a movie with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or the documentary “Pumping Iron,” go hit a chest and tris day, if it’s CrossFit Games season, get your metcon on, and if it’s nice outside go for a run or a bike ride.


So long as you’re moving, working hard, and enjoying it, you’re improving yourself, keep at it.