I used to hate exercise.
Even though I’ve worked out with legends in fitness, and personally met icons like Frank Zane, Lou Ferrigno, George Foreman, Floyd Patterson and others, I never liked exercise.
I even own one of the largest and most well stocked private gyms you’ve ever seen, which includes famed bodybuilder Steve Reeve’s personal Universal machine.
I used to smoke cigars in it.
If I could pay someone to exercise for me, and still reap the benefits, I’d do so.
But personally training with Body-for-Life fitness legend Bill Phillips has changed all that.
I now look forward to getting my workout done every morning.
These aren’t walks in the park, either.
My 25 minutes of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) cardio takes all I have.
And the 45 minute weight lifting is something I almost hate to do but love having done it.
I’ve learned that I may resist it or resent it, but I never regret it.
But the best thing of all?
I’ve created something called obstacle immunity.
I learned the phrase from the book, Spartan Up! by Joe De Sena.
De Sena created and runs the incredibly intense obstacle courses/endurance runs/insane peak performance events called “Spartan” that about half a million people have voluntarily entered.
Crawling up greased walls, running through mud, sprinting over rugged hills, dodging fires or any number of totally unexpected obstacles is what Spartan is all about. And penalties for not completing an obstacle are fifty burpees (fifty!), the most intense body weight exercise ever.
Spartan is designed to challenge you beyond what you think you can do.
It’s Hunger Games without the politics or the killing.
But it’s still intense.
De Sena says when you achieve athletic success in the unpredictable wild environment that his creative mind conjures up, you develop a resiliency to anything life can throw at you.
Your inner strength becomes almost super human.
I’m not suggesting you enter a Spartan race or Mud Run or CrossFit gig (unless you are inspired to do so), but tackling something as challenging as a burning morning workout sets my mind’s resistance meter to high.
If I can complete such a self-directed rugged workout, then I can do almost anything.
I leave the gym ready to handle life.
And the thing is, life is then much easier.
I don’t know Joe De Sena, or even anyone who entered one of his Spartan events, but his book validates what Bill Phillips and my trainer Scott York have said for years: getting that morning intense workout done gives you “a win” that makes you feel you can handle anything for the rest of the day.
As Bill Phillips, Scott York, Joe De Sena and even my father all say, exercise is medicine.
Too many of us want the easy street.
And we want it now.
I’m all for an easy life, but I’ve discovered life gets easier when you choose tough physical challenges and use them to fortify your mental ability to handle the rest of life.
When you take on a physical challenge, and you learn to endure struggle by controlling your mind and delay gratification, the result is a type of unshakeable bliss and inner self-confidence you will never forget.
Plus you develop an internal ability to handle adversity.
You create “obstacle immunity.”
You will be almost unaffected by any problem, issue or challenge you may face.
Your ability to handle stress will have increased.
When you set out to attract your goals, you will not be easily disheartened or discouraged when you face any blocks along the way.
This can help make you feel that anything is possible.
And guess what?
Anything really is possible.
Arguing for limitations is just, well, arguing for limitations.
I think Spartan Up! is incredibly wise, inspiring, and challenging.
And then go do something big that will build inner strength.
What are you doing to challenge yourself?
What can you do right now?
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