Ever had this happen? You start doing something, maybe its running, and pretty quickly you start seeing improvement and think to yourself “If I do more I’ll see even more results.“.
Let me tell you, I’m probably the worst about this. So much so that my mom calls me the “man of the moment” because whatever I’m into I become consumed with it.
When I was playing basketball in high school and college, I lived and breathed the sport. When I was training for Ironman, my world (and my poor wife and kids) revolved around my training. Then when I got into Kettlebells I literally spent hours every day learning, practicing it and coaching it.
Most recently I began what we call the GTS 10k club for all active clients. The premise is that you complete 100 cardio sessions, 100 strength sessions and 10,000 reps on a specific move over the course of one year. It’s an amazing program and if you see any of 20 of our clients walking around with those red hooded jackets it means they completed these requirements. Options are Swings, Pushups or Squats and if anyone did all three moves for 30,000 total reps they received an additional prize.
Sounds like a lot, but the premise is all about balance. By doing just 28 or 29 reps per day you would reach the 10,000 total needed for the year. By averaging approximately two strength and two cardio sessions per week you will have a well balanced year of exercise.
Here’s where the story goes off course and it’s the reason I’m sharing this with you today. Being the “man of the moment” each year my goals have increased.
- Year one (to practice the concept before sharing with clients) I did exactly the 100, 100 and 10,000.
- Year two (in typical Jeremy practice) I did the 100 each and then all 3 moves for 30,000.
- Year three (our current year) I was attempting to add Pull-ups, Full Get-ups and changed regular push-ups to one arm or handstand push-ups… (Yeah, seemed like a good idea at the time)
We’ll, after about 8 weeks of shoulder issues from the push-ups and 12 weeks of issues with my biceps from the pull-ups I realized… Too Much Of Anything is TOO MUCH!
I don’t care if it’s eating a ton of protein, doing cardio, strength training or spending time with the new love in your life… if you become consumed with it, it’s too much.
We need balance!
The next time you are tempted to add more distance to your running, or reduce your calories your consuming because your getting faster or your losing a lot of weight, DON’T. Don’t be a “man of the moment”. Instead strive for balance.
I believe with all my heart we were meant to be able to run, jump, push, pull and everything in-between. Some things better than others, but its how we were made and it’s how we avoid injury and eventual burnout. Consistency and staying the course, focusing on a balanced life is where you’ll fond continued success.
P.S. Last call for our “balanced” Cardio Kettlebell workshop tomorrow morning at 9:00am. We have a few spots remaining so if you want to attend Email Kathy – email@example.com