Retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink says it best:
“DISCIPLINE EQUALS FREEDOM”
Now obviously we are not going over seas and going to war or anything remotely close to it. But we do have daily battles within our minds and inner demons that we have to constantly fight off in order to achieve any sort of success.
As contradictory as it may sound, adding more rules and boundaries to your actions will actually allow more freedom to make decisions and get things done. Many of us suffer from paralysis by analysis, thinking about and analyzing every option available to us and never making a real decision (paralysis).
I came up with a couple laws or rules that you can use to add some discipline to your workouts and hopefully help you make decisions faster:
- Use the most efficient exercises
- In order to maximize our time working out and get the most bang for our buck, we need to utilize the most efficient exercises. The best example of this is a back squat vs leg press. While both are great exercises for developing lower body strength, the leg press lacks the upper body development (core) that the squat excels in.
- Keep It Simple Stupid. Not only should you maximize your exercise selection, you should also simplify the amount of time you are putting in. If you find yourself in the gym longer than an hour, you need to sit down and cross some stuff out. Unless you are a competitive lifter, there is no need to spend more than 60 minutes in the gym ever. If you are doing heavy squats, you more than likely do not need 4 sets of lunges, 3 sets of leg press and 3 sets of step ups on the same day.
- Have Fun
- Probably the most important of all these rules is to have fun. If you find the idea of punishing yourself fun, by all means do it. If you just like going to the gym to hang out, do it. Don’t be pressured into becoming an obsessed workoutaholic because you see it all over Instagram. Understand that exercise is essential to a healthy life, find out what you need as an individual and have fun doing it.
In a future article I’ll lay out an easy to follow template that can have you in and out of the gym in 60 minutes or less and take care of all your needs.
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