23 Mar How To Get The Results You Want
If we truly want results, it’s really important that we focus on just one goal at a time.
Things become diluted when we chase too many different things at once.
Sure, I want to be really strong, hack body fat, build lean muscle, move like a cat, have high levels of energy, and basically become “bulletproof.”
Yes, becoming “bulletproof” is a goal and I even have a clear definition of what that means to me.
But, can I chase all these at once?
We’ve got to have one big goal, one big focus to get the best results.
We can get other things by focusing on one goal, but we can’t chase a bunch of different things at once intentionally.
It doesn’t work.
What I mean is we need to have one primary goal and then the other things are the secondary or tertiary goals.
You have to sacrifice one thing to excel in another.
If you want to really understand this, then read “The One Thing, The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller.
It’s one of my favorite books, hands down.
For many months now I’ve been focused on the goal of increasing maximum strength, specifically with the basic barbell lifts.
It’s been an incredible progression and things are coming to a peak as I’m competing in my 1st powerlifting meet next week.
I’m really looking forward to it and it’s definitely getting me a little out of my comfort zone, which is something we all have to do in order to grow and develop.
Am I hoping to become a championship powerlifter?
I’m doing this to be at my best and give it my all.
How many other guys in their mid-forties are competing in powerlifting meets?
Not many, so I hope this inspires that we can do whatever we want at any age.
I live this stuff, if you don’t know that about me by now.
There’s no limitations to what we can do, other than that nasty little voice of fear or self doubt we sometimes hear in our head.
But, we have to be smart. We have to train safe and strategically.
We need to decide what we want and focus intently on the big goal, period.
I always talk about having a foundation of strength to achieve the goals we want, but there are different levels of strength.
I’ll discuss this more soon, as it’s a really important concept to understand, how strong is strong enough?
The answer is, it depends.
Obviously, competing in a powerlifting meet is to achieve the highest level of maximum strength.
My goal will be to hit a new PR (personal record) next week.
That’s my focus.
But, no matter what happens, I will learn, I will develop, and I will evolve.
With that said, there is no failure.
I hope this inspires you to focus and also do something that’s out of your comfort zone.
If you remember one thing here, remember that focus equals results.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting for you.
After the meet, I am taking a month away from the barbell to refresh, restore, and change my training focus for the month of April.
Do I feel ‘beat up’ or burned out from the barbell?
Not at all, but I know I need to shift gears and take my body in a different direction for a little while before beginning the next phase training cycle.
What will be my primary goal?
I have been wanting to focus on fat loss for a while, but remember what I said earlier, we cannot chase multiple goals at once.
Fat loss has been a secondary or tertiary goal for a long time, but not a primary goal.
For the month of April, it will now be my primary objective, my big goal.
Definitely looking forward to this.
Here’s the specifics:
1-I’m going to shift to a single kettlebell program. A kettlebell and my bodyweight will be my tools.
2-I’m going to train 5 days a week, with programming principles specific for fat loss.
3-I’ll fine tune my nutrition (just a tad) to optimize fat loss. (There’s not a lot I’ll change because I follow clean principles anyway, but I may tweak things a bit).
Now, here’s the great part.
If you want to go through this 30 Day Challenge with me, you can.
In “real time,” we can go through this together, starting on April 1st, 2014.
All you need to do is join the FREE 30 Day Kettlebell Challenge right now and you’ll get the program details.
And, if you accept the challenge, then I’ll ask you to join the Private Facebook Group so we can all go through it together.
If you can perform the kettlebell fundamentals with a single kettlebell (swing, get up, squat, clean, snatch, and press) and you can commit for 30 days, then join me now.
Go to RdellaTraining.com/challenge.
You’ll have to join by 3/31/14 if you want in.
Hope to see you on the inside!
And, if you know others who would be interested in this challenge, please share this post now.
Scott Iardella writes about strength training methods to optimize health and performance. If you enjoyed this article, join his list by subscribing below.
Jean-Francois SalvadoriPosted at 03:24h, 24 March
I have recently discovered your website, and as a former competitive Judoka, fitness enthousiast and fond of different things (bmxing, surfing or stand up paddling, mountainbiking and kettlebell training), i find it very interesting and usefull to improve my overall quality of life.
and somebody who refers to people like Pavel, Dan John and Pat Flynn, must be interesting to share ideas with !
your KB challenge seems very appealing. Can you tell me a little more so I can see if I can commit (I do have a very busy professional life, and 2 kids at home that I only see during the week ends…).
thank you very much for getting back to me, and keep up withe these great RDella training podcasts !
ScottPosted at 21:24h, 25 March
Thanks for the complements, greatly appreciate it.
The program will be a single KB (meaning not double) program, 5 days a week for the next month.
As long as you can commit 5 days a week for the next few weeks and you have good skills with the KB fundamentals (swing, squat, TGU, press, clean, and snatch) you’d fit the program.
Also, of course, if your goals (right now) are fat loss/conditioning, which is the goal of this program.
Thanks again and not sure if you had seen the earlier email that was sent out, but it had more info, as well.
JeremyPosted at 05:31h, 02 April
I just missed getting in on this! I look forward to hearing about the progress as well as the things that the group finds most effective. KB fat loss and conditioning programming is a subject I’ve been interested in for awhile and have yet to really find a focused training routine. Most of the single KB work I’ve done is more GPP oriented.
Good luck with the challenge!