All I Ever Needed to Know
July 20, 2012 By: Norman M. Dy MD FACP
ALL I EVER NEEDED TO KNOW, I LEARNED AT THE GYMNASIUM
1. It is all in the reps.
There is no overestimating the power of mindless repetition. Of course, if you decide to repeat something stupid over and over, like my old habit of eating donuts in the car every day on the way to work, you’ll see results that you might not like.
2. Technique counts.
Doing anything over and over will get you results, but doing anything right will get you the results you want. Now, I am not going to go all Zen on you and say that every action in the world has a proper technique, but usually, if it’s important, there are at least a few rules of the road attached to it. Learn enough rules of the road and pretty soon people will start coming over just to ask for your advice. Heck, they’ll even pay you. You know what that means: right, you get to make crap up.
3. Balance is everything.
In the gym, as in life, doing too much of any one thing will get you in trouble. If you tilt too much in any direction, you will lose balance. I think it was Aristotle who said, “Strive for balance in all things.” It was Einstein who said, “On a bicycle, to keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” If you work on your biceps, work on your triceps. You get the picture.
4. Everything worth anything, is worth sweating for.
Every meaningful goal has some ancillary price to be paid. In the gym, it’s sweat. In life, it varies, but there is always something to be given in return. Sweat gladly, sweat often. Do great things.
5. Find a routine, and stick to it.
See rule number 1, but think broader.
6. A good coach is worth her/his weight in gold.
Okay, not really, but they will help you in everything listed here. In addition, they might administer some, er, motivation when needed. By the way, Brick Bodies has some of the best trainers I have seen.
7. Warming up is important.
Warm up for everything just like you warm up for exercises, and for the same reason: avoid injury (to your body, to your career, relationship, you name it).
8. Music helps anything go faster.
9. Use it or lose it
With anything, unless you use what you have occasionally, you are bound to lose it.
10. When in doubt: work out
When you are puzzled, worried, upset, whatever, when you need to balance things out, do something you love with as much effort as you can muster. At the end of your session, you may not have answers, but you will feel better about things. At the end of the day, its all about attitude adjustment.