August 24. 2016

Adjusting to Change

Today is a new day and with that comes more challenges and more goals to accomplish. I've decided it's time to make a change, which I have not wanted to do for a long time because, well, I don't like change to be honest. 

My change is going to be to my exercise routine, which is something I've come quite accustomed to. Every time I work out, I have the same basic routine, which is great for hypertrophy or leaning out for a show. It isn't however helping me in regards to my injury that I sustained from doing who knows what. So it's put me in the potion that it's time to mix it up. Which is not a bad thing! 

Over the years, I've preached about explosive exercise and how much better I feel when performing it. Plyometrics specifically are probably my single favorite form of exercise, which I've neglected for a long time now. I didn't neglect it for the lack of benefit but because I didn't think I need it. Now I'm rethinking my entire process. 

I've decided that I'm going to start doing yoga again, which I know for whatever reason a lot males are against, but I assure you it is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise there is. I also am going to start doing more fast paced and endurance based exercises. This isn't something I'm going to do forever, just something to mix up my routine and work on areas of my body that have been partially neglecting. I want to be a well rounded athlete. 

What's right for me, may be what's right for you, but it also could be not right for you. I've had many, many years in the gym and experienced all kinds of different exercises and thought processes. Almost all of them have their own benefits or downfalls. Nothing is perfect in this world and that is why we must constantly work at making things closer to what's right for us. 

As much as I despise change and again I do, I am kind of excited about the premise of mixing it up. It will be a breathe of fresh air. 

If you get stagnant in your own workout routine or feel bored, often times you just need to fight that feeling, but sometimes you do need a change. You just don't need to change constantly. It's a mistake a lot of folks make in the gym. If you are constantly changing, you're never really progressing in one way or another. So consistency is key. I on the other hand am so in tune with my body now, I can tell when I need this. 

I need it. 

Today, push through folks and don't give up. If you feel like you need a break, try something new, but don't stray from the path of what's important. Being healthy and happy.

Thanks so much

Adam Hartley

Co-Owner/Coach Custom Fitness Consulting

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