If you've ever been on an overseas flight, I'm sure you've used one of the travelators available when moving to the baggage collection or transferring flights. But have you ever tried to walk one of them going the "wrong" direction?
If you haven't, I encourage you to try it next time. It's quite fun, but can get a bit tiring if it's an extra long one. Not to mention, dodging people using it correctly! One thing you'll notice for sure, if you stop trying to move ahead you'll go backwards. Losing all the forward progress you made!
A lot of things in life are kind of like using a travelator the incorrect way. If you work on having a great marriage for many years but then stop trying, your marriage will suffer and worse case scenario end in divorce. If you stop putting in an any effort at your place of employment, you may get demoted or even fired.
This travelator phenomenon is abundantly obvious when it comes to physical training.
Just look at Aussie Olympian, Ian Thorpe. He retired from competitive swimming as a world champion, but is now attempting a comeback. At the moment he's not doing too well. Even though he was a world record beater and multiple gold medal winner, he stopped moving forward and is now struggling to get back to where he was previously. Granted, he would kick your or my butt any day of the week, but will he be a champion again?
• marathon runners
• Weight lifters
• Tennis players
• Martial artists
• Power lifters
• Body builders
If you stop Stepping Up to the challenges in front of you, you will move backwards (in those specific areas) too! Look at some other retired athletes who not only have stopped training physically, but have stopped eating well..
How many people do you know that have lost weight, sometimes a stack of weight, only to put it back on again! They stopped stepping up to the challenge of losing weight!
Recently a female member of Underground Strength Gym Melbourne, who had lost 30 kilograms training with me, left the gym. The circumstances of how she left are too ridiculous to mention! Will she keep the weight off? Or will she be like the masses who put it back on? The answer lies in whether she somehow continues to step up to the challenge. I hope she does continue to step up, otherwise she too will fall prey to the travelator phenomenon!
I am always encouraging Melbourne Undergrounders to step up to various new challenges with their training. You too should be stepping up!
In my own training, I love to challenge myself with new and different things. Let's be honest, sometimes I fail at new things, but I don't quit. I keep moving forward until I have conquered!
• A new Personal Record with a certain lift.
• Training when you don't really feel like it.
• Completing a certain amount of reps in a faster time.
• Just being able to do a particular movement (i.e. One Leg Squats, Rope Climb, cartwheel)
You should always be progressing and becoming a better athlete, moving closer towards your goals of weight loss, building more muscle, getting stronger. If you stop the forward movement, you will lose what you already have.
Check out the video below of me stepping up to a first attempt Goblet Squatting a 64kg kettlebell. I love to do barbell back squats, and have had some pretty heavy weight on my back. But this was very challenging for me, and far from perfect, but I'll keep at it!
Dedicated to your success,