MONDAY 15-09-14: The Process Trumps the Goal

MONDAY 15-09-14: The Process Trumps the Goal
15-09-2014 Imtiaz

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While I was still in NZ and running the Exercise Rehab Clinic in Auckland, I was also a student and career counsellor. I typically worked with students coming to the end of their Bachelors degrees. One of the most commonly asked questions was whether or not postgraduate studies were worth it, and if so, why.

Having gone through the process myself the answer was almost always a definite yes. As up and coming scientists their natural response was always, “But why?” And again my response was just as certain, “Because of the person you become through the process.”

The knowledge gained in most postgraduate courses is of course extremely valuable, especially if that is your definite career path. But in my opinion, the degree – that piece of paper – is not nearly as valuable as the process it takes to get the degree. All of the planning, discipline, and hours devoted, and all of the skills developed during the course is where the worth is. And fitness is no different.

You need tangible goals to work towards. It could be shedding centimetres off your waist, getting your first pull-up or nailing a bodyweight snatch. But without some purpose, your training becomes ineffective. And that is partly why we strongly recommend setting goals.

You have to plan, put the extra work and time in, evaluate your progress, and make the necessary tweaks. Everything you’re doing to get to the goal is what’s really turning you in to a well oiled machine. Sure, you need to achieve the goal, but don’t get caught up in the destination. Take a moment to look back at the journey and you’ll find a whole load of magic.


 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SUNDAY, DINO LENTZAKIS, AND FOR TODAY, DYLAN EMMETT!!

WORKOUT

How’s today’s workout going to benefit you? The power clean is all about the turnaround. Because you’re not receiving the bar in a squat you have to turn your elbows around aggressively to receive the bar. This transfers through to your clean too. The power clean is also the most efficient way of getting a moderately heavy object from the ground to your shoulders. Why not touch and go for L2 and L3 athletes? Because you will move more load.

We will be going through a pull-up progression during this cycle. Every time we do these movements in this format the reps will either go up or the rest will come down. Be sure to stick to the same scaling option every time we do this. That means, use the same colour band, kip, or butterfly for the remainder of the cycle when doing this particular progression.

LEVEL 1

A.
Hang power clean
5-5-5-5-5

B.
COB pull-up or deadhang band pull-up
7 rounds of 5 reps w/ 30 sec rest

LEVEL 2 & 3

A.
Power clean
5-5-5-5-5
NOT touch ‘n’ go. Dump and reset imm.

B.
C2B pull-up
7 rounds of 5 reps w/ 30 sec rest

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