Wow it has been a while since I have posted, thankfully the holiday season is officially over I can hopefully get back to a more consistent schedule. We are now in 2012, out with the old in with the new! A new year always seems to inspire change (hopefully we change for the better) and with a new year comes New Years resolutions. I for one have many changes planed for 2012!
The most common fitness related resolution is to lose weight and get “back” in shape. If this is your resolution I really hope you stick with it, please don’t become another new year fitness failure by giving up on your resolution in March. So while I really hope “this is the year” for you fitness beginners I don’t want to talk about fitness newbies, I want to talk/challenge the workout veterans, the people who don’t need a calendar date to inspire them to go to the gym. I want to challenge the people who already take pride in their health and body composition.
My challenge to the fitness veterans is to “get out of your comfort zone” every once in a while! As you know I am a student of the fitness game. I am constantly trying and learning different fitness methods such as MovNat (the summary of my experience is long over due), CrossFit, Olympic lifting, kettlebells, Gracie Ju Jitsu, Boxing, and triathlons. As a result of all my fitness adventures I have learned many things including:
- Skills do not transfer very well – Trust me you are not as generally prepared as you think! You may be the baddest dude in your yoga class or have the fastest Fran time at your crossfit box but as soon as you do something totally different (out of your comfort zone)you become awkward, out of breath, and maybe even really sore. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that being good at one fitness method does not help, believe me once the Machines become self-aware and we end up in an all out battle of man versus machine, you will be glad that you were not a lazy ass and have been working out on a regular basis. Don’t believe me about skills not transferring very well, remember Michael Jordan’s stint as a baseball player? Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player ever, once removed from his comfort zone was just a mediocre double A baseball player at best. If you don’t try new things often you become more one-dimensional than you think
- You become more a more well-rounded human – By trying new things (out of your comfort zone) your strengths and weakness will both be greatly highlighted. Maybe you are not as limber as you thought, maybe you can’t run as fast or as far as you though,or maybe despite being really strong you can’t swim, climb up over a ledge, throw a punch or even defend yourself properly. Trust me getting out of your comfort zone can be a real eye opener!
- You become more efficient at working out – For those that know me, you know that I believe in the 80/20 rule (if you don’t know, you better ax some body). With just about every system there are certain exercise or movements that will produce a lot of results rather quickly. The other 20 percent of the results come from years upon years of practice. When you approach something with fresh eye it is fairly easy to see which core movements will give you the most results. You can then take the best movements from each system and apply them to your own workouts.
- It can be both humbling and exciting – Humbling experience are great every now and then. They put you in your place and make you realize you are not as tough, or as strong as you thought. It is an extremely humbling to go from being the best and most popular guy at ______(insert your sport of choice) to being the new guy that does not know what he is doing. But at the same time, and this is where being in shape will help, you will make improvements rather quickly. Remember the 80/20 rule? It is really fun to go from the awkward new guy to being fairly decent at something in a couple of months, meanwhile you are setting PR’s on nearly a daily basis. Because once you get really good at something PR’s are few and far between
So if it has been a long time since you have been the”new guy”, I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and try a completely different fitness system. The farther from you comfort zone the better. So maybe this is the year you finally:
- Learn how to ski or snowboard
- Join a swim club
- Learn how to rock climb
- Learn how to defend yourself (Boxing, Kickboxing, Ju Jitsu)
- Compete in a triathlon
What is your, “out of my comfort zone” goal this year?