STATIC

We all have a tendency to under-gun ourselves. We don't give ourselves enough credit. We don't think we are good enough and we definitely don't think we will be able to achieve that big shiny thing over there. But why? I think one of the main reasons we don't want to shoot too high is because then we don't have as far to fall. It's that protective measure we have talked about before. But there is still an underlying issue with this whole thing: we really don't believe we can do it. And this is terrible. We already know how powerful our thoughts and beliefs can be so why don't we use them to our advantage? The reason we can't get to believing part is because we are so preoccupied with the fear of failure and fear of what others will think. We never even get the chance to TRULY believe in ourselves! One of the first thoughts people have when they come to INFERNO is that they are going to do so bad and everyone is going to be watching it. This alone keeps so many people from coming in and making their world better. Think about the OPEN, so many didn't want to do it because they didn't want to put themselves out there in front of people on the leaderboards, or they didn't want to do the Friday Night Lights because people would see if they mess up or struggle or fail on something. Think about other things in your life whether its a project at school or work or something else where you have to get up in front of everyone. What mucks up our gears is the fear of what these people will say if we, which immediately turns into, WHEN we mess up. You have to get rid of this thought process. Once you are able to get rid of the care of what others will say, then you can concentrate on the task at hand. And guess what, you WILL fail and mess up a bunch so get over that! But it doesn't mean you shouldn't believe that you can accomplish it! Each fail or mistake is a way to improve your outcome. But if you don't have these, then you won't accomplish it. They are needed, they are essential and you should welcome them because they are the fastest steps to whatever it is you are dreaming about achieving! Never under-gun what you can achieve! Just don't let the static derail your path. It's YOUR path so ride on! Know you will get there, BELIEVE you will get there. See you when you get there:)

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METAMORPHOSIS

NO Pain NO Gain! Right? But I have seen so many fitness programs pushing how this is incorrect. Of course, their program is "easy and fun" and they say this only really because they want more people in their program. I mean who wants to be in pain? No one does!! Even though the statement sounds cruel and douchbag-ish, there is a reason for it. Pain does bring about change. And it will cause change much faster than other pathways. Think about touching a hot stove. If you don't have pain, then you won't IMMEDIATELY move your hand. You might just eventually move it. In real life, if you are experiencing pain and difficulty, then you will do what you need to to make it stop or to make things better. You will work much harder and more efficiently to make the change. I saw something interesting the other day talking about "voluntary discomfort". It said that since change and comfort never occupy the same space, then to force change you need to allow yourself to feel discomfort voluntarily. This doesn't mean to hurt yourself, and it doesn't even mean you have to smash yourself to ground in your workouts. It means you need to allow yourself situations of discomfort so that your normal physiological actions happen and changes are made. If its workout and body change you are looking for, then you need to push for that one more rep, or add a little weight to the bar, or just making yourself go one more day each week. If its nutritional change, then fighting against those cravings, or making yourself take the time to meal prep. If its school change, then schedule a time when you go to the library no matter what, even if you have an assignment or not because there is always stuff to do. If it's family change, then accept the uncomfortable talks. Know that they have to happen and even though they suck they will be better on the other side. And so on! Sometimes change is being forced and you are smacked in the face and have no choice but to change. But if you want something to change or want to be more prepared for when you need to be able to change and handle it, then you need to give yourself a little of that voluntary discomfort. When you get used to that then you WILL become the butterfly you want to be! :)

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OUT OF THIS WORLD

I had a meeting with a client other day and there was something that struck me as, well, pretty badass. When I asked what her goals were she told me that she wanted to work on more technical sides of gymnastic and lifting movements. I said these sound great and we can easily help her to work on those. When I asked her about how she picked them, her answer was really interesting. She said she did the OPEN but wasn't going to because she didn't want to see just how far down across the leaderboard she would be behind everyone. I mean who wants to really find out they are 80,000th. But she was talked into it and did it. After the OPEN was over, she looked at her standing and she was excited to see how she finished way higher than she thought she would have! And the comment of "I'm really not as bad as I thought and I want to get better at these movements now!" was one of the best statements I heard that entire day! It's like she earned the right to want to be better! Here at the INFERNO, we have very challenging workouts set in front of you. They aren't designed to show you how cool or hardcore I am. But rather to ensure that each and every athlete that comes to the class will get the desired intent of the workout. We "program for the best and scale for the rest" and this allows a truer sliding scale for scaling and modification options. But it also sets the bar HIGH! Many say too high, but I don't think that's possible. You can't set your goals too high. They may become less probable that you will hit it but that doesn't mean impossible. In fact, our program did for this client exactly what its supposed to: She trained using our workouts and our high expectation and then when the "real world" asked her for a workout, she well exceeded what she thought she could do. It's like when our "just regular everyday" members go to another box and end up being one of the fastest or strongest in that class and are shocked! Moral of the story: Don't EVER think you are less than you are. Always keep shooting for the stars because even if you miss them, you are still out of this world!:)

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HEAD GUN

Your brain is your greatest weapon and your biggest weakness. The fact that you can just think about something and have it completely change your entire outlook on the day or your entire mindset during an activity is POWERFUL! When it works in your favor, its the best. When it works against you, it can literally ball you up in the corner. With all of us having such a powerful weapon sitting between our ears, it definitely would behoove us to train it to push us in the direction we want it to go. But how do you do that? It has to be done in small increments. When NAVY SEAL Team members are pushed mentally during their training, it's done in steps. They are built from just being uncomfortable and tired to being cold and then fatigued and then physically worked and then add irritation and frustration so that they can build a capacity to handle more and more. There are 2 keys in being able to drive forward: 1) Controlling your breathing. When you get stressed or amped, you breath faster and shallow. When you can relax your breathing or take big breaths in your nose and out your mouth, you can actually defuse amounts of pain and discomfort you feel. 2) Reciting short mantras, or statements. They can keep your head together instead of unraveling when things get all messed up. These mantras are short positive statements like "just keep moving", or "I'm ok", etc. and you just repeat them over an over. It can basically drown out the negative talk that starts brewing in your head. Just like anything, it takes practice. There are very few people that have a bombproof mental game. For those that don't, you need to practice it. The more you practice the more normal it will become and soon you will have your brain working FOR you instead of AGAINST you!:)

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THE PROCESS

THE PROCESS

Ever heard the phrase "trust the process"? It's amazing how important it is. The fact is that we are so impatient in everything we do that we never get a chance to trust the process. The process is not a week-long event. It may not even be a month or even a year. A process is a series of steps that build on each other and you can't excel forward unless you have a proficient enough mastery of the prior steps. It doesn't matter if this person or that person is far ahead of you, or if you have been on one step for months. If you haven't gained what you need from that step, then you aren't going to be able to see the success that you want. The applies in training schedules, diet plans, schooling, or even everyday things you are trying to get better. Now I will say that there are many things out there that don't work, but how do you know it doesn't work if you only give it a week? Even if it's crap, you can't get enough valid data in that short amount of time. You need to commit yourself to what is happening and give it your best shot for AT LEAST a month. If you are one of those people that bounces from one thing to the next giving everything a month and think NOTHING works, then to me it shouts 2 things: you either can't get past what "everyone else" is doing and you will just follow the crowd because many are doing it, or you aren't doing the correct amount of research before you decide what you are going/should do next. If you are truly wanting to improve, get better, make gains, etc, then you need to understand what it is you are doing. Don't pick something just because others are doing it. Figure out WHY it's working. Learn the pieces of it so that you will see how it will help you and where it will help you. It might be a great plan but if it's not what you need then it doesn't make sense to do it. And you find something that is working, why would you switch? It doesn't mean there aren't amazing things out there but if you are seeing improvements and benefits, it doesn't make sense to be looking for other things. Put your energy into what you are doing and keep crushing it! Be smart about what you do, then trust the process so you can excel!:)

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