STEP 6 RIDE THE SET­BACKS

Men's Fitness - - Features | Motivation -

“If you’re in­jured, con­cen­trate on what you can do. Take the op­por­tu­nity to work on a new tech­nique or a new dis­ci­pline”

“There isn’t a sin­gle ath­lete who hasn’t had a set­back at some point in their ca­reer,” says Brewer. “In­jury, ill­ness and bad days are oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ards in pretty much ev­ery sport. It’s im­por­tant to ac­cept that you are not alone, and re­tain con­fi­dence in your own abil­ity. If you’re in­jured, con­cen­trate on what you can do. Take the op­por­tu­nity to work on your tech­nique in a dif­fer­ent set of moves, or work on a new dis­ci­pline – if you’re a run­ner, for in­stance, I’d sug­gest cy­cling or swim­ming to keep up the car­dio with low im­pact on your joints. If you are a com­mit­ted racer, it may be worth en­ter­ing events that you have never run be­fore so that the temp­ta­tion to make com­par­isons with pre­vi­ous per­for­mances is less.”

If you’re a run­ner, try a 7K or 12K race in­stead of the usual 5/10Ks to give your train­ing a dif­fer­ent fo­cus. If you’re lift­ing, keep track of your PBs in half a dozen dif­fer­ent “in­di­ca­tor” ex­er­cises and try to im­prove one or two at a time: if your dead­lift isn’t go­ing up, shift the fo­cus to your pull-up and front squat for a cou­ple of months, and get over the slump. Then keep go­ing.

Been mo­ti­vated by what you’ve read? Then turn to p89 to start your train­ing jour­ney to­wards a bet­ter body.

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