I know that it’s Sunday, and many of you may not check the site as eagerly as the other days of the week, but I’ve got a new idea, and I thought today would be a good a day as any to throw it out to you.
For quite some time, I’ve wanted to have a book-club of sorts at the gym. We spend a good deal of time thinking (obsessing) over how we’re working out and what we’re eating, I was thinking it would be good to get the wheels turning in your brain as well with something other than the top 10 Netflix films.
But I also know, by training people for years now, that everyone proceeds at their own pace, and does whatever their ready for at that time.
I love it when people come to me after a few months and say, “I’m frustrated I’m not getting my pull-up.” I LOVE that! It means that you give a shit. When you first came in, I could’ve harped on the importance of coordination and horizontal versus vertical momentum and the importance of controlling your own bodyweight through space, but you would’ve nodded nicely and just been doing them because I told you to.
And some days, that’s exactly what we need, and in a way that’s what you pay me for, to tell you what to do for an hour a day. The funny thing is, it isn’t long until you WANT to do those things, whether they’re on the whiteboard or not. You WANT to get that first pull-up, you WANT to get a hand-stand push-up, you WANT to deadlift big, double bodyweight numbers, heck, you even want to stop eating for 18 hours a day. THAT’S where the magic really starts. THAT’S the shit I dig.
The funny thing is, if I’m patient and not pushy, guiding and not overbearing, you’ll find that journey all on your own.
So it’s in this vain that I’m starting The Reading List. These are books to improve, challenge, or simply to get your brain moving. They may or may not have anything to do with fitness (most won’t). What they will do, hopefully, is tear you away from a screen for a while, and get you back into the creativity of your own head. Making up imagery and connections without the help of Google.
This is by no means required, and I won’t be so presumptuous as to suggest what you’ll “get” out of reading these pages. I do know that they’ve given me pause, made me think, and yes even made me take action. So, whenever you’re ready, please dig in.
This list is small now, but will grow as I do. And, of course, I’m always open to recommendations.