Happy New Year? It Can Be

Here we are again. Another year has passed. 2013 had its ups and downs, but more ups than downs. My family grew by one beautiful little girl. There were struggles, but looking through the prism of hindsight, they were bigger in my mind than what they actually were.

This is relatively common. Our struggles were only struggles because we let them be.

So as we embark on 2014, let’s do our best to limit our struggles. At least physically.

How is this possible? A flexible plan. Right now, I’m constructing a plan for myself. I’ve set some lofty goals and I know I need programming and benchmarks. Included in those goals:

500 lb rack pull
450 lb squat
285 lb bench press

That’s adding 100 lbs, 90 lbs, and 40 lbs, respectively. All attainable. All challenging. All impossible without a plan.

Most people start the new year wanting to exercise more. This is where they fail. Before they even start. They exercise. They don’t train. The goal is abstract. It’s unrealistic. It’s sporadic. The opposite is true when you train.

Does training mean a strictly regimented and unenjoyable plan. It can be, but it’s just as prone to failure as no plan. If there isn’t room to make adjustments, you will not be successful. For example, a benchmark isn’t met. Is the plan a waste? Probably not, but maybe some minor adjustments need to be made.

No plan is perfect and everyone will suffer setbacks. There no pro athletes reading this, so our day jobs will interfere. You will fall off the proverbial wagon of training. It happens. But the will to remain consistent can overcome if you follow your plan.

Will 2014 be the year you make that resolution happen? Maybe. But hoping, wishing, or dreaming it won’t make it happen. Hard work, consistency, and encouragement will. The best way to predict your future is to make it happen yourself.

Have a happy new year!

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