“No Pain No Gain” is D-U-M-B!

Yesterday was the annual Val Cup soccer tournament that our younger nephews and cousins put on…
A few years ago, they started small as a way to pay tribute to our Grandpa Val (US Olympic Soccer Team, soccer coach at St. Louis Univ. and Washington Univ., and my hero) after he passed away.And it has evolved into something so awesome you have to see it to believe it.Speaking of evolving, what is the correct “speed” to get into shape?Do you start slow? Or, do you start going 100mph right outta the gate?You ever seen these:”Work hard. Play hard.””Go big. Or Go home.”And the most-overused gym cliché’…”No Pain. No Gain.”There are millions of social media accounts dedicated to that nonsense.But you know what is not sustainable?SUFFERING.

If we hate every minute of our workouts and fitness, the likelihood that we’ll be doing it months from now is ZERO. That’s why programs like P90X and Insanity have terrible stick rates: they’re miserable.That’s why I recommend a more reasonable approach to your fitness: start small and go slow.Begin by picking a tiny habit that doesn’t seem too painful. Then do that week after week.I hate to use the word, but that’s really the “secret” for our Crew when they’re just getting started.Can’t do a 30-minute walk? No big deal, just start with 15 minutes.Can’t make it to the gym? Then do some push-ups and squats at home.Can’t cook? Then we’ll focus on drinking the right amount of water throughout the day.We want to consistently hit our goal to build our confidence in the process. We’ll stack one habit on top of the other, creating an upward cycle of awesomeness.And because we’re going slow, nothing seems too painful.Remember, if you’ve had trouble in the past following the endless “no pain, no gain” messages found online, this is will free you.Ignore that advertising nonsense. And make fitness something you actually do and, god forbid, actually enjoy.Your #1 Fan,
Jeff PelizzaroPS – If you’re struggling to get started, then I highly encourage you to do the 7-minute Daily Motion routine in the 18STRONG Membership.For golfers, it’s a great fitness introduction that quickly helps you with your mobility.