If you’re afraid of the dark, you might as well stop reading now…
Kidding, kidding. When people hear me talk about finding your dark place or welcoming them into the Darkness they assume I’m referring to an actually dark place. They take it as an evil, black fitness hole that you have to sell their gainz in order to enter. But in reality it is nothing of the sort and if you will stick with me, I’d love to show you why I want each and every person to find their inner darkness.
First off I want to address a problem keeping folks from the darkness.
One of the greatest problems I see in our industry (the fitness industry) is the willingness of folks to try and buy anything that appears to shorten the time to get to their goals. Now, I understand the want of a person to find the quickest and easiest way to achieve their goals, but do you really believe that some ab contraption is going to give you godly results in just 5 minutes a day?
No way bro. It was a great marketing campaign that got you hooked. You’ll use the machine for 2 weeks, say aww phooey with it, and from that day forward it becomes an epic laundry hamper.
There’s the problem, now on to the solution.
My idea of darkness covers this whole problem and the darkness I speak of is a focus. I believe that once you find a proper training program, whether it be a pre made or designed for you by a coach, you follow it to a “T” and you never let your sight persuade you otherwise.
You have to “blackout” all the voices and the media that tell you the latest and greatest. You see, if you’re will to stick with something, anything for a given time you will see results. The trouble most people have is sticking with one thing long enough to see those results. They won’t come overnight, and they won’t be easy, but they will come. And finding your darkness can help.
When you entire your place of workout, you should be totally focused. Nothing should have rights to distract you from what needs to be done. If at a commercial gym, don’t be afraid to “not” talk to the people there. At home, turn off that TV if you notice it detracts from the work at hand. This fitness thing is an investment and if you are not willing to invest quality, be prepared to get crap in return. Find that darkness, that focus, inside of you every rep of every set. It’s the hyper-focus you will need to succeed.
Here are some easy ways to keep you focused in not so focused environment.
Have your workout planned and written down. This will keep you focused on what needs to be done.
Log your sessions. For long term success you have to know where you have come from.
If training alone, keep the headphones in. The gym is not social hour and this will give you that needed “I’M LIFTING” vibe
For those of you without a plan and/or are new to the lifting, KEEP IT SIMPLE. Focus on becoming proficient at a few lifts. Don’t get caught up in the glitz and glam of all the machines at the gym. Become a machine yourself, at the core lifts. These lifts are: the Squat, Deadlift, Overhead press, and Bench Press. It’s not important right now if these are done with barbell or dumbbell, what is important is that they are done.
If all else fails, you must take the final step. Wear all black to the gym, I promise that PR’s will be in your future and everyone will leave you alone.
There you have it folks, this whole time I have just wanted you to work hard. I never had intentions of bringing you to the Darkside, or did I…
See you in the Darkness.