I hate to break the news to you, but we all can’t be elite Hulks or She Hulks just because we set our minds to it.
And no matter how many well meaning folks tell us we can be “anything we want to be” in the fitness world we need to temper our expectations.
There are factors out of your control that you must acknowledge and understand before you decide to channel your precious energies into your goal of becoming an elite fitness specimen or you will become eternally frustrated and even invite injury and physical unbalance.
This doesn’t mean throw in the towel and give up on your worthy fitness journey – It just means come on down back to planet earth and manage your fitness expectations more realistically.
While anyone can certainly improve their strength and fitness levels and achieve a high quality of life, the vast majority of us will never reach legendary status and sit on a pile of physical fitness records and magazine covers.
Why Everyone Can’t Be Physically Elite
When you understand that life is not fair and that you must play the cards you are dealt in a sane and productive manner – only then can you progress toward physically being the best you.
All the well meaning coaches and trainers who tell you that you can physically achieve anything you want just by setting your mind to it are sending most trainees on an unproductive and futile wild goose chase!
This concept sounds so exciting and positive and looks awful sexy on hyped up attractive social media memes people rabidly share and bellow to the heavens, but reality dictates otherwise.
For the most part, the super elite in any physical category or professional sport can thank mom and dad for their leg up and super performance potential.
Yes, the physical genetics your parents pass along to you have a huge impact on your success and those physical gifts intuitively guide you to what you will physically excel at.
How many Shaq’s do you think there are out there in the world? Or Michael Phelps, Arnold Schwartzeneggers, Michael Jordan’s, Paul Andersons, Serena Williams, Tom Brady’s or Mike Tyson’s?
At one time or another these were individuals who reached peak physical status in the areas they intuitively gravitated toward based on the foundational physical gifts their parents passed on to them.
Sure, they had to train and layer specific skills and techniques on top of their physical gifts to reach elite status in their fields, but that’s the point.
I can have the best training, work ethic, skills coaching and an insane burning desire to throw a football like Tom Brady, lift over 6000 lbs like the mighty Paul Anderson or dominate the court like Shaq, but I am missing that key ingredient to compete on their level – and that is extraordinary physical genetics to build upon.
Of course we can all learn skills and technique like these folks and undoubtedly improve, but it’s their physical gifts that allow them to maximize these skills and techniques to supreme levels that few can hope to match.
Don’t be discouraged, just be aware of this reality when you attempt to pursue an elite physicality in any field or category!
Manage Your Fitness Expectations And Training Time
There is a point in your training where your genetics, age and exercise routine will dictate when you will stop noticeably improving in strength, speed and recovery ability.
Go past this point and you risk experiencing negative returns on your fitness efforts in the form of pain, injury and significantly eroding your hard earned fitness foundation.
Even if you are using flawless technique and thoughtfully practice and program the best exercises into your training, you will reach a point where you experience a point of diminishing returns the harder you force your training.
Train like a thoughtless adrenaline junkie and perform mindless exercises devoid of sane programming and you will reach that point even quicker!
The body is just not built to physically improve in a constant and linear manner. There is a ceiling. Everyone has a different ceiling and your body will tell you where that ceiling is- you just have to listen to it.
So let’s all be the fittest and capable we can be on this planet so that we can live a full, active and quality life, but don’t go loco chasing physical impossibilities or your body will rebel against you once you go beyond your personal ceiling.
It’s all about staying active and challenging ourselves without forcing our bodies into injury, overuse or chasing bad fitness programming.
Mark Mellohusky (Mellow Husky) mellow as in laid back and husky like the dog
There’s a Sparkle in my Eyes and Iron in my Thighs!
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