On not “phoning it in”


You know I have a love/hate relationship with rest days, right?

Well a pretty close second to that has got to be “phoning in” a workout versus giving it your all.

Of course, not every workout is going to be killer, but most of them should be pretty damn good or else why bother, right?

This is how I look at it:

  • Workouts are meant to be work. But equal parts fun, too. (again MOST of the time, at least)
  • If you truly aren’t feeling a workout on a particular day, try this: postpone the workout until later to see if you’re “feeling it” at that point; or consider a different workout than you originally planned. You just might not be “feeling”  a particular workout, but something else might totally get you moving.
  • Phoning it in will only cheat YOU, nobody else. This isn’t about comparing your workout to others, it’s about giving yourself the opportunity to give it your all.

Again, not tried and true 100% of the time (and of course, I’m no expert!), but nine times out of ten, I try to follow this line of thinking when it comes to my workout philosophy. At the end of the day, your “me” time spent working out should be your best work, right?

On the other hand, there is something to be said for just getting physical, in some shape or form, most days of the week. And I TOTALLY agree with that thinking too – working out in some shape or form is awesome and so beneficial to your overall physical and mental health.

So bottom line? If 80% of your workouts are your best (and truly “your” best, not anyone else’s definition of “best) and 20% are more along the “just get moving” mindset, you’re doing pretty darn good in my book.

What do you guys think of the whole “phoning it in” concept? Do you agree with my 80/20 rule?