#50 – Training Through Adversity: A Pep Talk

Fifty episodes in the BOOKS!! Thanks for sticking with us so far, sharing your challenges and successes with us, and walking this fitness journey with us. Today Coach D and Coach Trent have a little pep talk about training through adversity. It’s a word that coaches throw around a lot, and it’s kinda vague. That’s intentional — adversity can be a lot of things. It usually means different things to different people. Maybe it’s lifting the barbell when you’ve got a muscle injury, maybe it’s finding time to train with a crazy busy family life, maybe it’s laying off the cheetos when it’s time to dial in your nutrition. The details are unique to you, but every person has to face challenges from time to time. How you choose to deal with these challenges often determines where your health ends up — good or bad — five, six, years down the road.


Now, adversity doesn’t mean injury, not in this episode. There are times when we must intelligently assess and address our training problems, and sometimes that means appropriate rest and rehab. Adversity in this case means those daily challenges, sometimes large, sometimes small, that tempt us away from the gym or whisper to us to stop short of what we’re supposed to do.


Training through adversity is, simply put, a mindset, a determination to do something that you don’t want to do. Yet it’s not all willpower either. Those that train through adversity consistently have made training part of their basic hygiene, like brushing your teeth. Have you ever spent the night somewhere unexpectedly and woken up, having not brushed your teeth because you didn’t have any of your toiletries? It’s terrible, it feels wrong. Missing training feels that way too, if you have acquired the habit.


If you’re still working on the habit, know that you will hit a roadblock at some point. It’s part of life. Also know that how you treat those roadblocks determines whether the habit sticks, or fades away.



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