You’ve tried it all huh? The crazy training regimes, the diets, the latest fad and still not getting the results you are after?
There is so much information out there on how to paddle, how to train, what to eat, how much sleep to have its all a bit overwhelming.
Time is important to us all and we don’t want to get it wrong. So who do we believe?
This is what I learned through my own experience.
1. Have an open mind. Listen to those willing to share knowledge. It doesn’t mean you have to do it. Once you have gathered it all up then decide how to make it fit you. Not the other way around.
2. Put you first. If you are really wanting success you need to start putting yourself first. Feed yourself, train yourself, educate yourself first because then it gives you the chance to improve and help others. You can’t lead someone somewhere if you haven’t been there yourself.
3. Learn the basics and do them well. Leave all the tricky shit. Learn the absolute fundamentals based on how your body is supposed to move.
4. Get to know yourself. This is the only way you will get it working for you. Dig a bit deeper below what you say you like or think into what you truly feel, not what you do because someone else does it.
5. WHATS YOUR WHY? This is probably the most important part. I left it for last because I’m guessing you would have stopped reading if I put it first. Most people do physical activity or sports as a means of losing weight or making friends, or to bulk up etc. When it comes to those hard days where you don’t want to get out of bed or drag yourself to the gym after work, these things don’t motivate you enough. But, if you were to focus more on the kind of character you would be building and look at being the best version of yourself it opens you up to so much more potential you probably didn’t realise you had. My goal is to be the best damn paddler I CAN BE, and that doesn’t mean I don’t want to win. I have learned that if I want to be my best that I need to do the hard work on my physical training, my eating, my sleep, my emotional wellbeing, taking care of my whole rather than one area alone. It gives me more chances of success. Don’t get me wrong, if that old way works for you that’s awesome, but please do try looking at it in a holistic way. I used to train my butt off for image and weight because thats what I thought I had to do and in the process it made me a bit crazy, and uptight. I would always feel deprived, whereas this way I feel like I have won the lottery! My mind is at peace, and I’m making the physical gains too.
If you really want to transform your performance and are over where you are at now try something different. Don’t give up until you can say you have really tried.
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