Q: Do you ever go to the gym intending to have a killer workout, but for some reason your body is not matching your mind? You mentally want to push, but the strength and stamina just are not there. What do you do—stick with the plan, or “call an audible”?
A: It is actually quite rare for me to have a day like that because if I am feeling off, I’m usually aware of it almost the instant I wake up in the morning. If that’s the case, I normally take the day off from training (if it’s a scheduled training day) or “call my audible” right then and plan for a less intense but still productive workout.
After training for 20-plus years, I find that mind and body have become almost completely in sync—if my physical system is not fully recuperated, my thoughts, feelings and attitude will clue me in long before I ever touch a weight or even finish brushing my teeth.
We are all human and cannot expect to feel as if we can “leap tall buildings in a single bound” every single day. That’s perfectly okay, just as long as you recognize it, make the needed adjustments to your diet and/or training, and look forward to waking up the next day feeling better than ever.
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