Intensity

Here is the fourth—and final—installment on our performance continuum. We finally get into intensity.  So, let’s get intense. As a very quick recap, I recommend prioritizing a few things before getting to intensity.  They are: Movement: do you have the basic mechanics locked down? Awareness: can you accurately assess the effort required for a specific task?  Do you have a good sense of where your body is in space—and whether an adjustment improves or impairs

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Part III: Capacity

Hi Friends, Working out with amazing consistency comes down to two things:1. Enjoying your workouts​You’ve got to figure out what’s really meaningful to you.  There’s a combination of learning and progress that hits the sweet spot for everyone.  Especially when your mind is fully occupied with the task at hand.  Full immersion in a task is downright therapeutic. 2. Avoiding obvious mistakesThis is one of the first things you should do in learning any new skill.  Whether you’re

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Know thy glutes

Friends, I am forever trying to work myself out of a job.  I do that by asking what skills someone could learn to make a personal trainer or coach redundant.  You might suppose that I would want to avoid those roads at all costs.  But they’re the most interesting and rewarding ones—both for myself and the people we work with.  Those roads begin internally. Last week, I talked about movement and technique.  Today, I’m going

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How to use intensity

Do you know someone best described as “intense”?  If so, you know how intensity is a double-edged sword.  This applies to exercise too.  In both cases, it’s best sparingly.  So, whether we’re imagining an all-out interval in the gym or  someone using their outside voice indoors, context means a lot. At Bang, intensity comes last.  I say that with the full knowledge that I’m going to some ruffle fitness feather.  But, I’m sharing this because it’s important. We prioritize things

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Your action potential

Do you know this cartoon? Something has never felt quite right about it to me. I know that it’s supposed to inspire us to never quit. But quitting can be an art form. Maybe Tunnel Guy has reached the last straw with his relationships or his health. Or is tired of breaking his back so some CEO can profit. There just aren’t enough diamonds to make up for that kind of metaphysical crisis. More objectively,

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The best place to invest in your willpower

We often treat motivation as a panacea.  When performance is seen as failing in a public personality—as recently happened with Olympic gymnast Simone Biles—there is invariably a chorus of voices blaming poor motivation.  People say that the person in question “didn’t want it enough.”  But if someone with a superhuman track record of competitive performance, physical and mental toughness is not perceived as being motivated enough, is motivation really the issue?  Or are we ignoring

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