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Lesson: Do It Right First Time

Monday, May 20, 2013

I know i said that I wouldn't be sparking as often but I had such a great workout tonight that I just had to share lol.

My coach made a video explaining the coaching technique for correcting my deadlift in this phase. Obviously he can't physically coach me as he lives in St petersburg, Florida. So he suggested I take someone with me. I took my daughter with me and asked if she would help me correct my deadlift. So, away we went and, standing in the middle of the gym with lotsa people around, my daughter held a broomstick I stole from home against my back while I performed them. It must have looked quite entertaining, but I wasn't phased, didn't care, I was there with a goal.

I started with a third of the weight I usually lift and made sure that I was focusing purely on form. Maaaaaan was it hard. Just to try and keep everything in proper form with no mistakes was the hardest thing I have ever had to do when working out with deadlifts. It felt strange and I just wanted to slap on tonnes of weight and lift but I knew that this was going to be better for me in the long run and help me progress at a faster rate than they way I wanted to. I just gotta say it felt awesome! Eventually I increased to weight to my maximum after eight sets and with proper form they seemed easier, I couldn't believe it!

However, so many times during each rep, I just wanted to give in to bad technique. Go back to the old ways. But each time I did I had my daughter calling out and growling me to correct my position and so, I did. It really did feel great.

The biggest lesson I learned was that if you're not doing something properly then you're just wasting time. You may still achieve something but it won't be as fast or as effective as when you do things properly. You won't always get it right first time, I'm not saying you will, I'm saying that you should try to get it right and persevere with it until you do. Never cheat or try to find the easy way out or you will just end up in the wrong place.

I can also say that this lesson will serve me well in everyday life. I must work on doing everything properly. I remember my mother would say to us as kids: "Do it right the first time and you won't have to go back and do it again." Oh how true those words are to me right now, especially when I can apply it to something I am really loving.

Whether it be activities with the kids or chores around the house, I will try to develop a habit of doing things right the first time. Oh the pain of those unfinished projects out in my shed are starting to pop up in my head lol. C'mon guys, you know what I'm talkin' bout. I know that most wives, definitely know what I'm talkin bout lol.

Perhaps you may be struggling with the same challenge. If you are then I wish you all the very best and if you decide to take up this lesson, may it serve you well.

Till next time, with love and respect, Kia Kaha! Be strong.

Reuben.

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  • CANDACEMM
    emoticon I think that I needed to come over to your page to see this .... I keep trying to eat right but I haven't jumped on the exercise like I need to and like I should. Why keep giving a half hearted effort at being healthier? Ahhh ... looks like I need to stop making excused and get my butt on the elliptical this evening. Thanks for posting this.
    2808 days ago
  • HAPPY-CATHE
    emoticon emoticon well learned lesson! emoticon emoticon Cathe
    2808 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10356350
    What a great lesson - one we could all take to heart and apply to our lives.
    Also thank God for our daughters! :) Have a great day!
    2809 days ago
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