You know those days when you end your workout feeling like you crushed it? Maybe you got a new PR, a skill you’ve been working on finally clicked, or you felt super strong or in great conditioning shape.
Well, those days are awesome — but they’re not going to happen every time. Progress isn’t linear, and not every workout will be great.
More realistically, you can expect about 30% of your training days to feel great, 30% to feel mediocre, and 30% to feel pretty bad.
Those numbers will vary based on the challenge level of your workout — the more you push yourself, the more you can expect some bad days.
The key is not to let them get to you. Bad days don’t mean you’re going backward — they’re just part of the process. Accept them, don’t dwell on them, and move on.
Since progress compounds, what matters most is that you keep showing up.
What I’m reading —
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
This one’s been on my to-read list for a while now! Very excited to finally be getting into it (it’s going to take me a while…!).
Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple’s Successby Ken Segall
This is an absolutely fascinating book on the value that drove Apple’s success under Steve Jobs: simplicity.
A quote that inspires me —
“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You have to set yourself on fire.” — Fred Shero
What I’m training —
Who says you need equipment to get strong? Try this equipment-free calisthenics circuit and let me know how it goes! (Remember, you can always modify exercises to make them easier or more challenging for you.)
Three new workouts —
Medicine Ball Conditioning HIIT Workout (12 minute, medicine ball)
250 Rep Bodyweight Challenge Workout (Time challenge, equipment-free)
663 Rep Conditioning Challenge Workout Time challenge, equipment-free)
You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.
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