free bird, why i'm doing cardio + and thoughts on commitment
This morning was a shoulder/chest/back focused training day with all kinds of fun stuff programmed for me! I had overhead press, 1/2 rep shoulder presses, incline bench press, dumbbell incline flys, chin ups, upright rows, bent over rows, Arnold presses... lots and lots of volume. It felt really good, and my body (at least my upper body) is adjusting to the increase in volume now!
After our lift, I had my smoothie bowl and headed to the Y to do cardio.
What?!? Yes, cardio. It's so interesting to me how in the strength and powerlifting world, cardio is pretty much looked down upon. There are so many jokes, memes, Instagram captions, and quotes about how cardio is the worst, and F cardio, never do cardio, blah blah blah. When I was strictly powerlifting and training to compete, yes, cardio A) took too much time that I would rather spend on lifting or recovering B) didn't help in my recovery, but actually hindered it.
It is an absolute fact that years and years and years of cardio got me absolutely no where near my body or fitness goals, (spoiler: LIFTING DID!) but it does have a place in my life and training. I feel like a free bird with this whole bodybuilding thing! I am no longer worried about tiring myself out so much that I can't lift heavy the following day, I am not worried about keeping my legs, glutes, and back super fresh so I can lift what I "need" to. These days, the weight is lighter (NOT light, but lighter), reps are higher, I'm going to failure on many things and pushing myself in a new and different way, and I'm constantly sweating and out of breath... I just feel a sense of freedom. So, I am adding in cardio 3x a week, doing 1:1 high intensity/low intensity intervals for 20-40 minutes depending on how I feel and how much time I have. Today was day 1, and it felt amazing. After prioritizing lifting and being in strength and peaking phases for so long, my body just feels HEAVY. I have put on about 8 pounds of muscle in a year, and I feel it. I love it, and I'm keeping it, but I feel it. The plan is to lean out some, and after today, I can already tell you that I feel lighter, more mobile, and just free-er. So that's that, excuse me while I sweat a lot.
I went to visit Mike and do a couple of errands (sweaty everything because I truly don't care), and then came home and had lunch. I had ground chicken with marinara sauce, spinach and cucumbers, and then a fruit platter :)
Then I colored my gray hair #oldlady, did some work, finally showered, and went to get my nails done! A very productive day over here.
I stopped at the gym to talk with my coach for a few minutes, then came home for a PB+J on cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread.
I was the grill master once again and made BBQ rubbed chicken and asparagus for dinner.
This whole coaching thing has been really amazing so far, and it has also got me thinking about SO. MANY. THINGS. One of those things is commitment. Like, what makes some people more committed than others? What is the biggest factor in one's level of commitment? Is there a way to help someone become more committed? My questions go on and on. I totally know why teachers, coaches, and employers have always liked me. I'm not the best of the best, but If I am doing something, I am 100% committed to it. When I want something, I am committed to making that happen- even if some days I don't really feel like it, my own insides keep me committed to whatever it is. These days, I feel a HUGE sense of commitment and responsibility to my clients, and seriously appreciate it when clients are equally as committed to their goals. So what do you guys think- is there a way to enhance someone's level of commitment, or is completely intrinsic?