Sundays at the playground

strength essentials playground workout

strength essentials playground workout

Weekends are tough for me.

During the week I get into a groove. My schedule is never the same each day but there’s more structure than the weekend.

Since I only train clients for a few hours Saturday morning, then I’m “OFF” until Monday, you’d think I felt liberated with the time off.

It’s the opposite.

Why am I telling you this?

The point is that we all have a different journey. Yours is different than mine, even if we have some similarities.

What we do share in common is our desire to improve.

The details of that improvement will vary. How, why, when, where etc.. that will always be unique to you.

Sundays are for outdoor workouts

Every day but Sunday I’m in the gym for my own workouts & the studio for my clients.

I leave Sunday to outdoor workouts. In recent weeks, it has become my favorite training session of the week.

Today, I didn’t feel like doing it.

It had been raining most of the night and morning.

The last thing I wanted to do was go outside into the wet, cold morning to do a playground workout.

All the thoughts you have when you don’t feel like doing something you know you should do… they were going through my head..

After trying to find a way OUT of this, I finally said ENOUGH. Put the hoodie and sneakers on and out the door I went.

Simple but not easy

Step one is get your gear and get out the door.

SO SIMPLE, yet not easy.

Why do it?

Because when I finished that workout, I knew I was one of the rare few that got up early on a Sunday morning and went to a playground to do 12 sets of pullups, dips and calisthenics.

At the end of this day, I can look myself in the mirror and say “good job.”

I never want to go to that mirror while I’m brushing my teeth and have to say “you quit. Or you didn’t show up. Or you only gave a half-assed effort”.

Accountability mirror

David Goggins calls this the “accountability mirror. If you don’t know who he is, google him. Amazing human being with an inspiring story.

The idea is to look at yourself. Physically and metaphorically.

Be honest with yourself.

How did I measure up today?

Not to anyone else’s standards, but to YOUR OWN.

By going to the playground in the morning mist, I built some mental resilience. The mind CAN be changed.

We can either grow or decay.

A HUGE part of a growth mindset if attacking all of life’s challenges.

They may seem small to you. Just getting out the door this morning seemed insignificant to me.. but deep down, we KNOW they are important.

Each moment adds up to an entire day.. each day adds up to another week.. it builds from there into who we are.

Who do you want to be?

At the end of my life, I want to know I gave it my ALL.

That comes from those little moments each day where we have to make a choice.. do I get out of my comfort zone or do I stay safe and scared?

How about you?

Be great.