When you enter a gym or see advertisement for gyms or a workout, it is usually with BEAST MODE ON! Yeah lets get after it! As a coach, it gives me chills when I am instructing a group of people beast modding it up and killing a workout!
There is nothing wrong with BEAST MODE ON! But there are times for BEAST MODE to be OFF.
O – Optimize
F – Frolic
F – Freely
In my case rest is not something I do not do very well and when I transition from a summer of water skiing to off-season training I usually go BEAST MODE ON all the way! Well as you can guess, out of excitement of being at a new gym, I rushed back to my kettlebell routines . . . and . . . my back pain has returned with a vengeance!
In the past, I would panic and start to worry what would my future look like if I am injured AGAIN! Saying things like “you are an idiot” and “you are a trainer you should know better, how could you let this happen AGAIN!” I would say these things over and over again beating myself up mentally. Little did I know I was creating a trap for myself by allowing the past to relive the future just because it felt like the past crept into the future . . .. But I invited it.
This time I knew exactly what I needed to do . . . Step away from the bells and most importantly turn BEAST MODE O.F.F. I am still learning the importance of transitioning from my sport to off-season training. So I came up with this little acronym O.F.F. Optimize Frolic Freely to help me not beat myself up with injuries but find the joy in the struggle and the opportunity it provides. To Optimize Frolic Freely is to simple enjoy playing again y with a different movement, walking, or running, crawling for finding new toys to play with. Though I am injured again this is an opportunity for me to explore something new! First you have to be Free to live Freely!
This time I am at peace with my flare up! The way I am able to be free is through knowing I am not the same person compared to my first injury. I am at complete peace with my past and keeping it my past. Even though it feels like I am reliving parts of my past, I come back to who I was during that time and the lesson learned leading me to who I am today. Most importantly I am look areas of what I can still improve my current status. I have a positive outlook verse being Negative Nancy
It may feel like you are reliving parts of your past because you are right back where you started . . . it could be your 2nd or 5th transformation challenge, your 10th time running that mile loop, or your million visit to the gym with the wonder if you will ever get past this point? And maybe you have a similar voice like I had allowing the past to haunt the future.
I know this feeling and have asked this question of myself way to many times in relationship to my injuries. Instead of wondering if you will get past this point try turning BEAST MODE O.F.F and free yourself of your past expectations. Look and see if there are something different you can do through your journey towards your health. Maybe it is helping someone in your challenge with an areas you struggle with or simply relating the struggle together. Maybe it is time for a your mile long loop to be a different loop or your exercise in the gym needs a little change to spice things up again!
Even though you may not be where you want to be try to optimize frolic freely! Personally, I want to be with my new training friends beast modding it up, instead I will be practicing BEAST MODE O.F.F. optimize frolic freely . . . maybe trying something completely new like Indian club!
Some days will be BEAST MODE ON and other days BEAST MODE O.F.F. Enjoy the journey and go out and play freely!