Dealing with doubt

28 Apr

Before I move into today’s regime, I would like to talk about overcoming problems. In this instance, I’m not talking about problems in training, but problems you might experience as a result of a lifestyle change. The main problem I have encountered is naysayers. There are very few people who are easily convinced that a new idea is a good one, especially when it flys in the face of convention. Think about it for a second, the vast majority of us were taught, as children, that a balanced diet consists of lots of pasta, bread, rice along with the fruit and vegetables we were made to eat. Many of us were raised on three ‘square’ meals with a helping from all the food groups thrown together. Now think how difficult it must be to believe that an idea you trusted for so long is in fact a lie. Whilst many would find the concept strange, many more simply refuse to accept evidence or logic. The result is that what you are doing for the good of your health, loved ones may perceive as quite the opposite. I have, on more than one occasion, been accused of having an eating disorder! Whilst I, and maybe you, would consider eating foods that WILL cause you health problems later in life to be crazy, the population at large think that of me.

So expecting these doubts from others is one thing, dealing with them something else entirely. Keep in mind the fact that those with concerns are most likely worried because they care, in short their intentions are good. Throwing scientific jargon at these people will possibly alienate them further, whereas putting things in layman’s terms may well come across as condescending. There is no easy answer, but remember why you started in the first place; to be healthier, to be a better person, to be happier. Instead of trying fact and preaching, maybe attempt to convey these positives. Some that have worked for me include, pointing out I am a much happier person in the mornings, I feel less lethargic after eating so I’m more productive, amongst others. Just remember though, you will never convince everybody!

You can rest assured , if people are doubting your diet, they are even more baffled by your training. Only logical really, everyone eats, most people never or very rarely train, so a higher percentage of ready made doubters for you! As for those who do train, we know everyone who has ever set foot in a gym is a fitness expert with a wealth of knowledge they are more than willing to share. The old saying, a little knowledge can be more dangerous than none is certainly applicable here.

The same principles apply as with those doubting your diet. The science may alienate and the simple version may offend. Also consider that if someone has been powerlifting for many years, they will have seen positive results and they will question your odd approach. Also something to think about, weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, running, rowing, cycling, swimming and so on and so forth are all well established, highly competitive yet specialised sports. For you to claim CrossFit is a sport may be absurd to them. They may see you as just doing many sports to a lesser standard. A head on argument is likely to achieve nothing, and rightly do. If you expect to be left to get on with your sport, leave them to theirs. In addition to all of this, whilst people doubt you, question you or even laugh at you, you will see benefits in life that specialised sportsmen will not, remember your training is functional; for life! Also worth s thought is that some physical activity is better than nothing, so credit where credit is due!

Right then, you may have convinced one or two loved ones you are not crazy and, feeling positive about this, you want to go and train. Well if you are lacking inspiration, motivation or both, so was I today! However here is what I managed:

As always, I started with vitamins, fruit tea and a bacon dominated breakfast. Not as always, I sat and watched a film. As good as it was, I had lost motivation. Only one thing for it, a quick flick through some inspirational videos on YouTube and a good dose of CCE and SF Xtreme . This did the trick, I got changed and headed to the gym. Today’s workout was in two parts, with a 30 minute gap.

WOD 1, as per the mainsite was:

5 rounds of 1 rep Shoulder Press
5 round of 3 reps Push Press
5 rounds of 5 reps Push Jerk

To give a rough idea, my maximum loads were: Shoulder press 70kg, Push press 72.5kg, Push jerk 75kg.

After a 30 minute breather, consisting of stretching and using the foam roller, I went into:


5 RFT (Rounds For Time)
Run 800m
15 sit-ups
15 leg raises
15 oblique sits

My time for this was 18:34. As a guide my 800m runs were approximately 2:45 each. The big key here was zero break between the run and the core movements. Training the abdominal s to work under fatigue, and with elevated breathing and heart rate is the aim

I finished with some plank, side plank, planche and L-Holds.

As for the post workout refuelling, Nxtgen was a must, followed by a 450g steak, two eggs and a generous helping of salad.


With the usual Sunday drive back to work ahead of me, I am about to prepare a meal of gammon steaks and salad. I cannot wait! Enjoy your meal and I will be back tomorrow, talking about injuries, recovery and rest – including active rest!


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