Well…that’s a good question. I strive to make it all fun. We laugh a lot in our training. I have been in the weddings of a lot of former athletes because I think I teach them more about living than lifting.
A couple of things…first, have a mix. Now, I have church, St. Andrew’s society, a core group of friends, my brothers, my kids, my school life, my young friends, HG stuff, and discus stuff…
In other words, make your circle of friends as big as you can. That alone might be the start.
I’ll get back to you.
Pure gold. I got the CS Bootcamp video where you talked about balance. What stuck with me was something you said like " We all look for ways to train harder, but at the same time we need to rest harder, pray harder, play harder (PLAY HARDER)."
I know that when I get out of balance, trouble is right around the corner.
In keeping with the theme; How do we optimize play?
Danny John wrote:
Yes, exactly. When people come to my house to train…generally they come away with, okay obviously, new training ideas and a new understanding of intensity.
But, I have to say this: Ben Thuma started reading the Horatio Hornblower series after he saw my collection. Other guys have picked up other books or series of books. Some people go out and buy new CDs…many add a kind of prayer life, or quiet time or whatever. Other people have started the John Weekly Menu or Chore List.
You are right…it isn’t about the Work…it is all about the balance.
Danny John wrote:
Few people ask questions about optimizing things. Rather than focusing on better or elite performance, most people go willy nilly from thing to thing and never really master any of the ideas/programs that we offer here at T-Nation …
Well, if you take the people who are interested in working out for the sake of working out, then “better or elite performance” can be construed as “doing the exercises better”.
I’ve come to realise in reading your last few posts that, for me, “looking better nekkid” and “increased performance” are too vague as goals. Also, for me, they don’t carry enough weight to make them worthwhile.
If I was a fireman, I’d want to all my training to improve my performance doing that. If I was a competing athlete, I’d want all my training to focus on improving my performance doing that. But I’m neither. Which means it’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of doing the routine “right” instead of looking for the reasons for doing it in the first place.
I liked what you wrote on your site about balancing your life, the “work, rest, play, pray” principle. I also think that getting that balance right is what directly contributes to longevity in elite performance. We’re in this for the long haul; maybe we should spend more time talking about things like that on these forums. I think there’s far more food for discussion in why we do things, what we should be looking at, and the forums in particular are a very good place to get a sense of perspective. Any takers?