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I'M NOT THE SAME PERSON I was 10 years ago.
Heck, I'm not the same person 5 years ago. I'm not as
fit as I once was, even though I'm a professional
trainer and coach. I have too many other things to do
than just drink protein shakes and do biceps curls. I
have a demanding job, I have a family that needs my
attention, and I have other responsibilities, just like
any other person. I was probably fooling myself 10
years ago, thinking that I'd be able to train hard for-
ever, and I probably was fooling myself that I
wouldn't be so busy as I continue to grow in my ca-
reer. I was wrong both times. I'm busier now more
than ever; in fact, I'm overseas on a challenging con-
tinuing education program to keep myself sharp
within my field, and I'm up after midnight trying to
pass on what I feel is important knowledge to you,
my valued reader.
My goals keep me motivated and my attention is al-
ways consumed by them. I used to make small ex-
cuses for my current state, but by no means will I
wallow in my sorrows for my circumstances; in fact, I
now understand what my former clients, now
friends, were talking about back then when I didn't
listen to their reasons for not being able to train hard
or as frequently as I would have liked them to. I've
made it a point not to get fat, but I'm still self-con-
scious about my body and sometimes a little inse-
cure. But that's just life. Even former Olympians
struggle with gaining weight after retirement.
But I'm a person that likes to walk the talk, so I've
been training as often as I can. Sometimes I'm too
tired to go hard, even though it's my "hard day", so
then I do a "medium day". I vary my intensities based
on how I feel. My objective at all times is to get
something done. One mile is better than zero miles.
I strongly believe that it's much harder for a fit per-
son who fell behind on their training to return to fit-
ness. If you're experiencing it, you're probably
confused as to how you got there in the first place.
You're uncertain about the direction you should take
to get back in shape. I know you've probably tried to
do the same workouts that you've done before, but
to no avail. It has not worked because by the time
you've gone through half of it, you're winded and dis-
couraged. The mind tells you that you can, but the
body is laughing at you and telling you, "You can't!"
I'm on my way back to full form as we speak, and I've
come up with a few strategies that you can try to
help you be the person you once were or better.
1) Don't do it alone. Get your friends to keep you
company, talk with your family about the changes
you'd like to make with the foods, lifestyle and allow-
ing you the time to train. It gets pretty lonely being
sore by yourself. A little camaraderie helps make the
journey more tolerable.
2) It's what you can have, not what you can't have.
With respect to foods, focus on what you can eat
and not what you can't. I've always told clients that
they should see the positives with the addition rather
than the subtraction. Subtraction feels more like pun-
ishment and addition feels like a reward. So reward
yourself with healthier options.
By Orlando Griffith
3) You're going to feel
sore! That is normal. If
you've trained before, you
know what soreness is
and why you get it. So the
body is doing what it's sup-
posed to do, which is repair
the micro tears within the mus-
cles, and a result of that is the
soreness you feel. To help that
process occur, you can train a little
easier the following day by changing
the load and intensity and use
restoration modalities like icing the
sore areas until you feel a little better.
4) Make it fun! Finally, it goes without
saying that you need to choose the right
type of training or exercise that's going
to keep you in the process. I love track
and basketball, so I choose what would
work for me and do a few track work-
outs a couple times a week, and I play
basketball the other days. The basketball
satisfies my competitive spirit and I
don't feel the time passing by as I'm
working hard, and the conditioning train-
ing from track helps my basketball, so I
play better. That keeps me motivated.
If you're looking at yourself and not
happy with what you see, don't wait till
it's too late to do something about it. Un-
derstand your current situation and ad-
just accordingly to keep yourself looking
beautiful. Have a good time getting it
back and enjoy the process. Good luck!
Orlando Griffith is an Athletic Develop-
ment and Performance Specialist.
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