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A Break from the Weights

This year I’ve had to cut back on my weight training in order to focus on martial arts. Now I have my black belt testing starting later this month until the end of December. In particular, the fitness testing day comes in about six weeks. Due to the strenuous training needed to pass the tests, I’ve decided to stop weight training for the entire six weeks.

Aaaaaaaaah! *Insert freak out here*

I haven’t taken more than one to two weeks off from weight training since I was about nineteen. I am pretty sure I’ll go through some mental and emotional withdrawal, but I know my body will be the better for it.

This month to begin our black belt testing, we’ll be tested on two forms (katas) and ten combinations. Next month, our fitness testing will go something like this:

8am-10am Apprentice Class
Noon: 1 mile run on the track
100 pushups
100 crunches
100 deep squats
Sparring with the black belts, repeatedly
Nine Reaction Drills
Self Defence
Board Breaking

This is the day I’m training for. I’m acutely aware that my body cannot recover from training for this and weight training. I’m living the example I’ve been trying to convince people of for years, that more is not better. Our bodies are not machines. I’m going to have to sacrifice my weight lifting but I know the day I put that black belt around my waist, it will have been worth it.

(Wish me luck!)

With training partner Jennifer on the day we received our Apprentice Belts.

With training partner Jennifer on the day we received our Apprentice Belts.

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Never Quit

I didn’t have an idea in my brain jumping up and down to be noticed to be blogged about today, but what I was thinking about was how we often need cheerleading in our health and fitness journey.

I currently have clients preparing to compete in our fall classic show in several different categories, women’s physique, men’s physique, bodybuilding, figure and bikini. No matter what division they’re in, they’re about half way through their preparations and it’s one of the toughest parts of the contest prep. They’ve been at it for what seems like forever (almost two months) and have another two months to go. The excitement of beginning the prep has worn off and it’s still too far from the show to really be excited for the big day. They must trudge through the strict diet, intense workouts and cardio training even when they don’t feel like it.

At this point, I usually send them this poem to encourage them. It helped me a great deal when I was competing and it doesn’t just apply to competitors. The last two lines hit me the most and I hope it helps you as well. Please, never quit. Follow your dreams, reach for your goals and be the best you can be!

NEVER QUIT

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG AS THEY SOMETIMES WILL

WHEN THE ROAD YOU’RE TRUDGING ON SEEMS ALL UPHILL

WHEN FUNDS ARE LOW AND DEBTS ARE HIGH

AND YOU WANT TO SMILE BUT YOU HAVE TO SIGH

WHEN CARE IS PRESSING DOWN A BIT

REST IF YOU MUST BUT NEVER QUIT

 

LIFE IS QUEER WITH ITS TWISTS AND TURNS

AS EVERYONE OF US SOMETIMES LEARNS

AND MANY A FAILURE TURNS ABOUT

WHEN HE MIGHT HAVE WON HAD HE STUCK IT OUT

DON’T GIVE UP, THROUGH THE PACE SEEMS SLOW

YOU MIGHT SUCCEED WITH ANOTHER BLOW

 

OFTEN THE GOAL IS NEARER THAN

IT SEEMS TO A FAINT AND FALTERING MAN

OFTEN THE STRUGGLER HAS GIVEN UP

WHEN HE MIGHT HAVE CAPTURED THE VICTOR’S CUP

AND HE LEARNED TOO LATE, WHEN THE NIGHT SLIPPED DOWN

HOW CLOSE HE WAS TO THE GOLDEN CROWN

 

SUCCESS IS FAILURE TURNED INSIDE OUT

THE SILVER TINT OF THE CLOUDS OF DOUBT

AND YOU NEVER CAN TELL HOW CLOSE YOU ARE

IT MAY BE NEAR WHEN IT SEEMS AFAR

SO, STICK TO THE FIGHT WHEN YOU’RE HARDEST HIT

IT’S WHEN THINGS SEEM WORST THAT YOU MUSTN’T QUIT

 

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