Ahhh, procrastination. We often hear about procrastination in terms of people avoiding their workouts all together...Saying that they'll 'get there tomorrow' or that they "don't really have the time that day to get down to the gym".
But today we want to touch on procrastination DURING our workouts.
How many times have you:
- Reached for your water bottle during a 4 minute workout?
- Walked to the chalk bucket before jumping up on the bar?
- Played with your grip on the bar before snatching it above your head?
Now, in all fairness, sometimes we NEED a drink of water, or we NEED that chalk so that we don't slip off and injure ourselves or we NEED to make sure that grip is flawless because we know it's the only way that the bar is going to get where it needs to go...
BUT it becomes very easy for the lines to blur and these 'NEED to do's' to become hidden 'WANT to rest'
There is a big difference between procrastination and strategy
For example: some athletes will walk to the next movement because that's their opportunity to rest. As soon as they arrive at the bar, they will pick it up straight away. Others will walk to the next movement, pause at the bar, grab a drink and THEN pick up the bar...which athlete are YOU?
The question to ask yourself, is this:
Where, in your workouts, is there procrastination ? Where can you afford to take out the extra long sip of water and instead do the extra rep?
Secondly, and probably most importantly, is a reminder that your workouts are controlled by YOU. You need to trust yourself in knowing your own pace and knowing that your rest is strategic and not procrastination while at the same time, knowing that you are doing your very best to get the workout done in the best way possible
The beauty of a good workout, the ones that feel amazing after they finish...they're the ones that you look back and go, wow, the only person I was competing against was me, and I kept myself in line the whole time