Ola friends! Well my eye seems to be somewhat on the mend. Natural light is still very irritating but it’s pretty good inside. I do still involuntarily wink sometimes and have a hard time keeping my one eye open sometimes.

 

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I have been getting some strange looks out in public

 
 

Despite the glasses I still pushed through an awesome upper body bench workout today which included higher reps (sets of 8) on the bench, dumbbell rows, ab wheel, pushups and prowler suicides.

 

I am not a huge fan of working out in glasses. They kept sliding down while I was pushing the prowler until I felt like I was wearing spectacles. I would workout without them, but I have horrible vision. I’m hoping to get Lasik done at some point – Steve has it and loves it.

 
 

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Tyson still likes to dance with me no matter what I look like

 

 

While I always push with my main lifts I’ve also been trying to give it my all with my accessory work. My chinups the past couple weeks have felt tough (I am increasing the reps so it makes sense) so I’m really trying to give it my all with all of my sets.

 
 

I know I have mentioned it about 1, 213, 859 times on the blog but I just LOVE my job. I love being my own boss, working with my favourite guy, and helping people reach their goals. I cannot imagine doing anything else (except maybe getting into some sort of fitness modeling on the side 😉 ). Our gym is loud, has chalk all over, and people bust their asses.

 
 

I think back to when I used to work out in a commercial gym and can’t imagine ever going back to working out in that atmosphere. People here don’t settle for average – they want more. It doesn’t matter who they are. In an average day we’ll have elite athletes, stay at home moms, working professionals, high school students, pre/post-natal mammas and everything in between come through the doors, working out side by side.

 
 

Sometimes new clients ask if everyone in here knows each other because they’ll see people congratulating others after their set. While some people know each other, a lot of them don’t. They just appreciate and recognize someone else’s hard work.

 
 

People usually do more when they have encouragement and support behind them. This week we’ve had some of the guys maxing out and I always love it when I’m there to watch. I took some video on my phone of the one lunch hour session to show what it’s like when someone is going for a new PR. Everyone stops what they’re doing to watch.

 
 

 

 

I get that the form isn’t spot on and that’s not the point here – although a lot of the time PR’s and 1RM don’t come with the prettiest form

 
 

Without everyone around I’m not sure Nate (the second lift) would have kept pushing through that lift. Having others around to motivate you makes a huge difference.

 
 

So this is the question I’m asking all of you – Do you Push Yourself?

 
 

Do you skip exercises you don’t like? Cut reps short? Go light with the weight even though you’re capable of more?

 
 

I’m not saying lift your max every workout (you shouldn’t be going for a PR every week or you’ll burn out. Similarly you should have scheduled de-load weeks if you lift heavy). But are you really pushing yourself?

 
 

If you want change you have to create it. Using 10lb dumbbells every week for the same exercises will not keep your body progressing forward. I would rather have someone go heavier and miss their last couple reps than always take the easy way out with lighter weights.

 
 

I’m going to challenge my bootcampers to really push it these next few weeks and see how they do when they really go for it. So if you’re one of my clients, watch out.

 
 

This is my challenge to all of you as well, really push yourself these coming weeks. You’ll never know what you’re truly capable of until you try. Write down the weights you use so you know where you started and can gauge your progress effectively. Don’t do anything dumb or try and make 10lb jumps with your weights, but really ask yourself if you’re giving it your all.

 
 

I’m guessing you may surprise yourself.

 
 

NOW GO GET AFTER IT!!!!!

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5 thoughts on “Do You Push Yourself?

  • May 31, 2013 at 10:37 am
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    great post 🙂 you’re absolutely right- everyone at PH is super encouraging (especially you!) the ladies at bootcamp are great & seeing them go hard helps me keep pushing too! Next time….I’ll push thru that plankj jack /MC combo like a champ! (aka like Rachel S.!)

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  • May 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm
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    Um, you just made me so excited to start training at my new gym (first workout this Sunday!). I haaaaated working out with my glasses on. Luckily my workouts weren’t exactly intense but I did try to do some kettlebell swings and nearly lost my frames haha
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    • June 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm
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      Haha it was kettlebell swings that almost got the best of me yesterday. Thankfully I can wear my contacts again starting today 🙂 I’m so happy you love your new gym. I can’t wait to hear about the strongman sessions. Farmer’s walks always leave my traps burning for days.

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  • June 3, 2013 at 8:21 am
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    I love when you talk about your gym 🙂 it’s so refreshing to read a blog that is genuinely positive!
    I like to think that I push myself but I know there are definitely days where I stop short of my max effort! When you refer to de-load weeks, do you mean like lifting lighter, more reps instead of high weight low reps?

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    • June 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm
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      Yes, when I de-load I typically lighten the weight and use higher reps. Sometimes I’ll add chain or bands for a little resistance and to keep it interesting. For me anything above 5 is high reps for me, lol. I used to have a hard time pushing myself when I worked out alone, if I was having a bad day I’d just stop short on certain sets.

      I’m so happy you enjoy the blog – anything you’d like to see more of? I always love reader feedback 🙂

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