Life Is Not A Competition

There is a point when chasing after 5 10 20 pounds does not promote health, happiness and vitality into your elder years. If you are a high functioning mover (fluent; squat, deadlift, pullups, hanstands, bent-arm-work, aerobic capacity, vo2 , resting heart rate, etc.) It is not worth posing as a professional paid athlete.

I choose to limit my volume/output because there is more to life than training. You must balance the work with the recovery. Why slide the scale towards performance, extra sleep, extra calories, supplements and time in the gym? All while in adjacent fashion away from community, education, experience/fun.

If you are starting from ground zero adjustments will be made. But if you are close to the standards and if you have surpassed them you should take a hard look in the mirror and decide if a few pound/rep/pr is worth giving up your time/life for.

I do not find it one bit impressive with people flaunting their abilities. I find it jaw droping when I see abilities performed by people who have full/fulfilling lives outside of the training/practice. Remember if you are not being payed to perform do not subject your body to relentless training/diet/recovery/supplements.

I do not think people understand you are supposed to be able to TRANSCEND (health-wellness-vitality) it. To look down at your body (your vehicle while on earth) and be happy. To train for fun. To eat properly out of respect for your body. To rest and reflect on your actions, so to be honest. This has nothing to do with training targets, capacities, shows, photos, competitions, etc. Do not let society’s trends sway your behavior. Are you going to let this stuff (fitness, strong is new skinny, eco/organics, H.I.T, etc.) dictate your day to day thoughts (change who you are)? Master the basics, do it for you, find the space in your mind where you do not “have to” do something, but instead “choose” to do.

Moral of the story. Work hard to be in a place which you can explore and have fun with your body.
Life is not a competition.

Dan Baruch

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