Earlier today I did a coaching call with a man who has a habit of working out for three weeks straight. Then, for some unknown reason (to him), he runs out of steam and takes three months off.
Then he jumps all over himself for being a lazy slackoid, begins another program, and finds the same situation being reactivated.
You bust your rumpus in the beginning, going full throttle. Then you run out of gas, lose momentum, and end up becoming absent-minded about exercise – and other matters.
Ever wonder why this happens?
You might think it’s because you lack will power.
You might think it’s because you are lazy.
You might think it’s because you haven’t found the ideal program yet.
The reality is that you’ve probably bought into the notions that tell you:
a. to train to failure
b. to always give 110 percent
c. to push until you puke
Over the years, I have followed these same ideas, to my detriment.
And whatdyaknow, all these ideas I bought into as a youth, or later on in life, I’ve proven that there is a better way.
But first…. keep the following in mind:
Training to failure harms your brain and nervous system.
Second, there’s no such thing as giving 110 percent just as there’s no such thing as “massive action.” Remember, no matter how hyped up you are for massive action, you can only take one step at a time.
Third, stopping long before you feel fatigue or before you puke will give you much better results than giving it all you’ve got.
el Furecat, who does nothing extreme in his workouts, who isn’t banging his head against the Great Wall, with ideas of training to failure or fatigue, or achieving the unachievable ideal of 110 percent – continues to kick ass.
I never miss a day of training. Every day I am exercising. On most days I exercise three times. And I continue to be amazed at the progress I am still making, even when I don’t look as through I’m “trying.”
The other day someone told me about his experiences with my Dao Zou program. He told me that he’s never done a workout that made him feel so good with so much ease.
When he finishes his Dao Zou routine, he is energized and relaxed, almost beyond belief. He feels his calves, glutes and hips in a way that cannot be reached with weight training or any other type of exercise. And he is blissed out for hours after he finishes.
There are many reasons this happens. One of the biggest is that you unconsciously give up the caveman, “me give 110 percent” mentality, when you perform Dao Zou.
When you leave caveman mode behind, you turn off the reptilian part of your brain and nervous system. This means you’re no longer in fight, flight or freeze.
Once this happens, your central nervous system is working FOR YOU instead of against you. Anger, angst, nervous tension and other gloomy negative emotions evaporate.
You get results that seem unfathomable.
And you do this without giving 110 percent. Or 100 percent. Or 75 percent.
In fact, your best results often come when you give it 50 percent, or less.
I know this goes against the grain of the caveman mentality, but I’m telling you, it’s true.
I’ll be putting up a few videos in the members site this week, showing how this works for me each day. You will be stunned at what you personally discover when you implement my suggestions.
That’s it for today.
Kick Ass (at 50% or less) – Take Names,
P.S. Dao Zou is now available via digital download as well as on DVD.