Do you ever feel like you need a little extra “pick me up” before your training?
Maybe you pound back some coffee, get a little pre-workout tingle, or throw on some Slayer (or Jock Jams – no judgement).
Most of us, from time to time, need a little extra help, especially when we’ve got a lot going on outside the gym.
Intermittently, or for a period of time, this may not be an issue at all.
But what about when this is no longer the exception?
What about when this becomes the norm?
For months on end?
Getting hyped up on caffeine, other stimulants, and loud music has its benefits.
If you’re relying on these to get through every single training session, though, it might not be hype that you need.
It might be sleep, better food, a different training program, or some time off.
If your approach is working for you now, keeping it up is understandable.
You might be thinking “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
That’s a valid point.
Maybe you’re fine.
Maybe you’re not.
Understand that nothing will derail your progress quicker than an injury.
Burnout is a close second.
If you continue to push yourself to the limit, one day you’re going to cross it.
One of the simplest ways to tell if you’re pushing your own limits is your motivation to train.
Without all the external stimulation.
You might have no problem taking a step back once recognizing this pattern.
If you’re feeling resistance to easing off a bit, you may have a bit more to think about.
You might ask yourself what role this intense training plays in your life.
What purpose does it serve?
How does it align with your best life?
Isn’t that ultimately what we’re all after?
Our best life?
It’s 100% up to you to determine what that looks like.
You won’t figure that out if you don’t ask these kinds of questions.
These questions aren’t easy.
They aren’t comfortable.
They’re worth it, though.
You’re worth it.
You’ve got this.