This Friday, other than the open forum and a Friday challenge, I want to talk about something I saw happen at breakfast this morning.
After a grueling leg session followed by a cardio session that I really wanted no part of I went to the diner for breakfast and ordered my post workout meal. Six egg omelet with spinach and roasted turkey no potatoes no toast.
Next to my table there was a table with three young girls who were all talking about their plans to get into shape for the summer. They were talking about going to the beach, and going to the gym and how they wanted to look when the weather got nicer. All three of these girls had ordered a huge stack of pancakes, covered with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
It is cold here in New York. Everyone is bundled up. It is easy to think you will get to it next week or next month. But let me ask you a question: Do you look the way you want to look this spring and summer? If so, great. If you don’t care, that’s fine. If not, what are you doing to change it? It is now the middle of February. I spoke with Jnyx just the other day about how fast the resolutioners cleared out of the gym. They have already given up. When the weather is nice, will you be happy to walk around the park? Will you enjoy going to the beach in a bathing suit? Don’t be the person who spends the spring and summer talking about how you used to be in great shape or how you wanted to get into shape but life got in the way.
In two weeks, it will be March. In six weeks, it will be spring. You can do an awful lot to your body in six weeks if you want to. But if you put it off another week it will be five weeks. Keep doing this and sooner or later it will be spring and you will say you will get everything in shape for summer. Before you know it the fourth will be here.
I am not going to tell you what you should want, what you should look like or what you should feel about yourself. What I will tell you is that if you want to present a particular version of yourself then you need to be honest with what kind of work and sacrifice is involved in that. After you figure this out you need to decide if it is worth it for you. If it is, then you need to start right away. How you look and feel in April is still up to you. Make a decision and put in that work. These girls at that table were doing a lot of talking about how they wanted to look in just a few months while eating a breakfast, which constitutes close to my entire daily caloric intake almost entirely in the form of carbs and sugar.
This pattern is one I have seen repeatedly in the years I have spent in the fitness world. I see it in men and women alike. Don’t let it
be you. Don’t be the person who wants something and puts it off again and again until it is too late and then spends the spring and summer feeling bad about it. One of my favorite sayings, and I honestly don’t remember where I first heard it, is “the best time to plant a tree is ten years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is today.”
Tonight, get naked. Stand in front of a mirror. Really look at yourself. Ask yourself what you want from your body by April. Then spend five minutes and think about what it would take to get to where you want to be. Then take five more minutes and decide if you feel it is worth it. If the answer is yes, then start. Don’t start tomorrow. Don’t start on Monday. Don’t start on March 1st. Start tonight. Otherwise you are just doing some version of masturbation mixed with procrastination…..don’t be a procrasturbator.
Ok, now that my rant is over let’s move on to today’s challenge. This weekend’s challenge is a bicep challenge and who doesn’t love getting their biceps totally jacked? First I want you to get a tape measure and measure your bicep. You do this by flexing your bicep and measuring around the highest peak. After this grab the 30 pound ez bar at your gym. I say the 30 because the 40 is where they start looking normal. This is an embarrassingly small weight.
With the 30 pound EZ Bar I want you to start doing strict bicep curls. Rep those curls out until you reach total failure. Wait 20 seconds and start again until total failure. Wait 20 seconds and start again until total failure. Do this over and over again until failure happens in under 5 reps. If it takes 100 reps, 1000 reps or 10,000 reps just keep going. See how many you can get in before you simply can’t curl that fucker anymore. Then measure your bicep again. Let me know below how many curls you got as well as the pre and post measurments.
As always with Fridays, feel free to use below as an open forum as well.
Have a great weekend and keep hustlin’! Before you know it the coats will be gone. When they are, make sure you look the way you want to look.