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… Continue reading Part III: Capacity

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… Continue reading How to use intensity

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… Continue reading The best place to invest in your willpower

I was so nervous

The past five days have been full of emotions.  A veritable Dagwood sandwich of joy, excitement, and reconnection.  And nerves too.  Not just from us. Particularly from those who have only worked out with us online.  I think we can sum things up with this quote: “I was so nervous about coming in.  But once I came in, I was like, ‘why would I be nervous here?’” That’s kind of our whole thing.  Taking away nerves.  And intimidation.  And distraction.  And undue risk.  Exercise is tough enough as it is.  It has… Continue reading I was so nervous

3 Ways to Get to the Kernel

There is a universe of advice out there.  Too much to process.  So, I use one powerful question to concentrate on what really matters: Is this providing me with the tools I need to take action? If the answer is no, I skip it.  It saves me an awful lot of time. So, when I say that you need to take care of yourself, I realize that I’m not telling you anything new.  What I want… Continue reading 3 Ways to Get to the Kernel