“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” – James Madison
Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face. Yeah sure, it’s funny alright. But just ask Ronda Rousey — or anyone who dare get in the mix — it’s all too true. At that critical point most, stunned and bleeding, simply stumble back to the corner and throw in the towel. And that’s bullshit, of course. If you wanna win — really wanna win — you need to do what great entrepreneurs do when faced with a product stall. Or what great athletes do when the game plan goes to hell in a handbasket. You need to (stealing a term from my entrepreneurial life) *pivot*, my friend. Problem is, no one in the world of Physical Culture has defined just how to go about doing that in the fitness realm.
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The upcoming season of lost gains?
We’ve all been there. Faced with a week or so of travel, we freak the holly hell out. Will the place have an adequately equipped gym? A lifting platform? Bumpers? I got 3 RM Trap Bar DLs programmed on Thursday, bro! What the hell am I gonna do!?
Lemme tell you something. If you know what’s good for you, you’re gonna chill the fook out is what you’re gonna do. Walk on the beach. Have a drink at the swim-up bar. Let your CNS cool its jets for a few days.
And believe me, I get it. I STRUGGLE with relaxation. I wig the hell out after a couple of hours of pool-side chillin or beach lounging. Just ask Meesus TTP — my ants-in-the-pants antics drive her friggin’ nuts. I gotta DO something…and chillaxin’ ain’t SOMETHING.
But lifting is that something I rarely do when I travel. Because, let’s face it — you’re simply not going to have access to a decent gym. And even if you do, I’m going to suggest you do something completely outside of your normal routine.
Run, mountain bike, stand-up paddle, zip-line, rock climb, hike… whatever!
So, how do I attack the travel problem? With the ol’ one-two punch of:
1) dig a hideous overreaching hole just prior to travelling, and
2) make sure I have access to activities where I’m going.
Note: see the statement about me being the world’s worst “relaxer”. I’ve got the patience for exactly 1 day of beach or pool chillaxin’ before I completely blow a mental and/or emotional gasket. So I make it so that that’s the day where the last thing I want to do (because of said overreaching), is train. In other words, I bludgeon myself into submission.
Shrinks in the room, get off my ass. I know it’s not sane, but it works.
Note #2: What does over reaching look like in a practical sense? Go back to the Theory to Practice Facebook group for the 2 weeks of training I did prior to November 2nd, 2015. Yeah, that earned me a guilt-free day of laziness, and a few poolside tequilas at the swim-up bar.
And after a complete week off in the Dominican Republic did I wither away to nothing? Hardly. Not one ounce of swole was sacrificed. No matter the cacophony of chatter to the contrary my monkey brain offered up.
In health, fitness, and ancestral wellness –