I get it.

You want fast results and the only way to do that is to train hard and workout hard.

And you know what? I agree 100%. There’s no doubt hard work needs to happen to build muscle, get lean, become more athletic, and get in the shape you want.

But, you know what’s also true?

Training smart.

Meaning: adapting your workout to the way your body feels based on sleep, stress, energy levels, injury status (if any), and life in general.

Let’s be realistic guys. Not every workout you have will be your absolute best or your hardest.


Because getting into better shape isn’t linear and your workouts aren’t either.

It may seem that way in the beginning, but eventually your results will start to level off like an exponential curve and you’ll have to get smart and creative by testing your body in new ways, like lifting heavier weights or adding new variations and exercises, and making recovery a point of emphasis, to get into better shape and health.

Not only that, but often times your performance and fitness curve will zig-zag up and down, especially if you’re sidelined with an injury, an illness, or the stresses of life. Thus, impacting how hard you can go.

And that last one–stress–is something I want to emphasize because we all deal with it.

Whether it’s the constant stress to work hard at our job, pay our bills on time, making sure we get enough sleep, training our dog to not pee in the house, and/or the pressures of the people around us, it all adds up. It can quickly become overwhelming to point where you and I feel exhausted, physically and mentally, leaving us with little to no motivation to workout, especially at the end of a long day.

However, I’m not saying quit and don’t workout.

No, no, no my friend. Don’t put words in my mouth.

(If you need to find ways for motivation check out this article here!)

What I am saying is that we should be realistic and not expect every workout we have to be our absolute best. If that were true I’d be benching over 600lbs, squatting over 900 and deadlifting over a 1000. All at 180lbs. Wouldn’t that be somehting! Let’s not set ourselves up for failure with impossible expectations.

Instead, let’s try and make our goal to have the best workout possible given the circumstance and situation we find ourselves in.

For example, if you feel like shit because you got five hours of sleep and worked all day maybe just lift light that day with some stretching or even make that day your rest day. However, if you’re feeling great and have tons of energy, then go ape shit and tear the gym apart and go for max lifts with full effort.

You have to be smart and push yourself within reason because if you don’t and go hard every single time you’ll eventually get hurt, injured, and probably degress in where you are and where you want to go. None of us want that and that’s why you have to be smart when you workout by knowing balance is important which means easing up at times. Or, snap city here we come (not good).

I think sometimes being a bad ass is also being smart and not just being a beast.

So, what do you think?

How do you feel when and when not to push yourself in the gym? Do you have any stories to tell?

Tell me by leaving a comment down below.

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Until next time, be strong and be you!

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