A Brief Guide to Owning 2012

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Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. -Thomas Jefferson

It’s that time of the year again…where you realize just how much you didn’t accomplish of your new year’s resolution. I mean, I hope that is not the case for everyone, but unfortunately it is for a lot of people.

But I have good news!!! The year isn’t over!

If you can’t tell, when it gets to the holiday season around End of Three Fitness we get spun up…we don’t let down. That is why you are seeing so many things pop up that are meant to challenge you, push you and to motivate you to not give up and get sucked into the holiday trap.

Just check some of the posts in the last 30 days:

Welcome to your brief guide to own 2012, that’s right, 2012.

You have about one month to show this year that it got owned. I am not talking about losing inches, dropping weight or getting a heavier max lift (well, all that could happen as a consequence). I am talking about accomplishing ONE big event before the year is over.

Set a New Month’s Resolution

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It is time to set your “New Month’s Resolution”. A simple pin on something you want to do before the year is over, something that doesn’t necessarily take a year’s worth of training, but something that takes a little mental toughness.

Some common New Month Resolutions (Events):

  • 5K
  • 10K
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon (if you’re brave)
  • GoRuck Challenge (if you’re ultra-brave)

OR

Some common New Month Resolutions (Single Accomplishment):

  • 50, 75, 100, 125 Consecutive Push-ups
  • 100, 150, 200, 250 Consecutive Squats
  • 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 Consecutive Pull-ups
  • Run 1 mile in…?
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  • Complete 1,000 of anything…really (double-unders, burpees, push-ups, etc.)

Leave the excuses at the door

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I’ll start by asking you…Why can’t you complete something listed above?

Before you look at some of the items above and say, “I would need to train before I could do a marathon (or anything else on the list).” I would like to respectfully tell you…You are wrong, 90% of what I have listed above is about your mental capacity, not your physical strength or endurance.

It’s all mental.

How do I know it is all mental? Well, I plan to tell the full story in a later blog post, but here is the short of it and it may answer a lot of your questions as to why I do what I do: At the beginning of 2011 my brother was in an accident in which he was severely injured, and the night of the accident we were told there was little hope he would survive. But he survived. Next they told him he may never walk again. He’s walking. But my brother is walking while missing four inches of his femur.

That was 2011. In March 2012, just a little over a year after my brother’s accident, he completed the Bataan Memorial Death March. If you aren’t familiar with the march…it’s a marathon…in the desert.

So let me ask you again… Why can’t you complete something listed above?

Make a brief action plan and…ACT!!

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There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. -John F. Kennedy

It should not take long to make an action plan:

  • Step 1: Choose your event/accomplishment
  • Step 2: Pick a date for said event/accomplishment
  • Step 3: Crash Course Training a.k.a train as much as you need to get comfortable with what you are about to accomplish, but don’t overdo it.
  • Step 4: ACT!!

A quick tip: I said 90% of what I have listed is mental…If you can’t do one single pull-up to save your life, don’t choose, complete 10 consecutive pull-ups as your accomplishment. Also, you don’t have to do anything on the lists I provided, those are just examples. Do whatever you like!

My New Month’s Resolution:

I am getting serious about knocking some things off the list in the fitness category of my better human quest. So I am going to try and complete these five things before 2012 is up. It’s going to be tough!! But I am going to push it and see what I can really do. I will make sure to snap some quick videos of each of my accomplishments and share them.

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I need a serious boost of strength to make sure I can accomplish King Kong and “Meager” in the Garage Gym WOD Challenge. I will be using my secretly formulated strength program One Man One Barbell (just finished almost a year’s worth of testing on other athletes) to get the job done, as it is about the only thing that could up my strength in such little time.

Don’t worry! One Man One Barbell will be released to Eo3 reader’s right at the beginning of 2013, not as a way to own a month, but as a way to make some serious strength and conditioning gains for all of 2013.

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Don’t use the new years as a crutch! We aren’t waiting to achieve, we are achieving today!

-Jerred

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