In today’s society mental toughness seems to be a trait that is becoming more and more extinct. Lack of discipline, lack of focus, and lack of commitment are all big red flags for a lack of mental toughness. When it comes to your training there’s no room for a lack of mental toughness. If you lack it then diet suffers, training suffers, and results suffer.
- Are you training to be functionally strong for life?
- Are you using your strength and conditioning program to prepare you for your sport, job, or life?
- How much emphasis do you place on being functionally strong?
These days I often find myself talking to my students about the importance of having life skills. After all, when it comes to fitness your goals should line up to what you’re doing in life. In other words, if your job demands that you be functional then why wouldn’t your fitness program mirror that? Today I’m going to discuss three functional strength drills to get you on track.
1. Are you functionally strong?
2. Are you unclear on whether you’re functionally strong, or not?
3. Is your training approach designed to help you build a strong, lean, functioning body for the long haul?
4. How high of a functional value would you rate your current fitness and strength program?
If you’re unsure as to the answers to these questions then you’re in the right place. There’s only one way to pursue fitness. I don’t care if you can bench press a 1000 lbs and squat 2000 lbs. because at the end of the day you’ve got to be able to bend over and tie your shoes, or be comfortable with getting on and off the ground without the process being too cumbersome.
When it comes to the strength and fitness world every coach and trainer has always had that all too familiar conversation with a student or trainee.
Trainee: What exercises should I do for abs?
Me: We’ll get to that..let’s see how well you can squat.
Trainee: How many reps should I do?
Me: Just start and focus on this technique and I’ll tell you when to stop.
Questions, questions, questions. What are we training for?
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