I started reading The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday. I ordered this from Amazon when shit started to get real with COVID-19. Why? Because I’m determined not to join the pity parties around me. I’m determined to come out the other side of this crazy, life-changing experience with some positively life-changing results.
In his book, Holiday says that obstacles are not only to be expected, but embraced.
“These obstacles are actually opportunities to test ourselves, to try new things, and, ultimately, to triumph.”
Yeah I know, COVID-19 is a pretty big obstacle, as far as obstacles go. But hear me out…
Ever heard of the 90-10 rule? It states that 10% of life is what happens to us, and 90% is how we respond. This video by Dr Mike Evans explores how traits like openness to change and only concerning ourselves with things we can control, actually has positive effects on our physical health.
In situations like the pandemic of COVID-19, it can seem like our whole lives are entirely out of our control. Yet when we believe that how we respond makes up a massive 90% of how things will turn out for us, that’s a powerful concept.
Here are some practices I’ve introduced to my life since ‘shit got real’:
Recognizing that each individual athlete is going to have different setups and limitations, we’ve made a list of all the skills we cater for in our 8 week fully coached courses – and the equipment required for each.
Many athletes I speak to are just hoping to scrape by when it comes to fitness over the next few months…
“If I can just not lose too much strength, I’ll be happy”
“Maybe I’ll get fitter with all this running”
“Now I might have time to focus on my nagging shoulders”
“At least my push ups could improve over the next few months”
Why not have bigger, bolder aspirations for yourself?
Why not (virtually) invite our expert coaches into your home gym/garage/living room for valuable feedback on your form as you go?
What if you could come out the other side of this with new Rx skills you never made time to work on before? Wouldn’t that be a pretty sweet silver lining…
Want to see some sample programming for all the courses we have open? Head to our preview page to check out the work you could be getting on with – starting right now!
Now is the time to make the progress others are letting fall by the wayside. Test yourself. Try new things. Triumph. The only way around the obstacle is through.
Sho is a CF L-1 Trainer and British Weightlifting L-2 Coach at Aristos Fitness, graphic designer and mom of two. She's participated in several CrossFit competitions and is the current Scottish Weightlifting Champion of the 55kg class. A long-time team member, Sho is WODprep’s Creative Director, and also stars in many of our free training videos!
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