Imagine a spring. That spring is your nervous system.
You keep compressing the spring. That compressing represents stress.
The more you compress it, the less “spring” it has.
Now, add this spring to your new pogostick. The pogostick is your workout.
You realize your pogostick isn’t going as high in the air.
If you are stressed the entire day, constantly wearing out that spring, how can you expect to perform when it comes time to workout?
Rapid fat loss happens the more advanced your training is, and if you can’t constantly progress your workouts because your nervous system is just wiped out, how can you expect to become more advanced?
If you want to destroy your workouts, meditate.
I’ve been meditating on and off for the last 12 years.
My dad, the white Jewish Ghandi, introduced it to me when I was 10 and walked into his room to see him sitting in a chair, back erect, with his palms turned to the sky and eyes closed.
I thought he was dead.
When I picked meditation up after reading “The Power of Now,” it totally changed my perspective on life.
Work hard, and chill harder.
It wasn’t until I opened my gym where I found my headspace spiraling out of control. I was constantly stressed and my workouts suffered as a result. I put on a ton of body fat, and my joints started acting up again.
- Ever feel like your life is spiraling out of control?
- Like you can only excel in 1-2 areas of your life?
- Like if you added 1 more thing to your plate you would have a breakdown?
Then I started using “Headspace,” an app on my iPhone a buddy introduced me to. Since then, I have worked 12 hour days, focused, relaxed, coped with a leaving trainer and training a new one, a wedding shower, and an influx of new amazing clients.
Here are 5 of my favorite meditation resources, and with anything, try everything and figure out which works for you.
- Headspace – I love this app and have been using it. It is a guided meditation and explained in a way that makes sense and is easy to apply.
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by: Shunryu Suzuki – I got this book from reading the Phil Jackson (ex coach of the LA Laker’s and current GM of the NY Knicks) biography. It is more focused on mindset and less focused on the actual practice of meditation.
- Dharma Punx – This meeting takes place in Santa Monica. It is more recovery based, but applies to everyone and there are tons of “normies” there.
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – This is the book that started it all for me. It’s all about being present and how to apply it to your life today.
- Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers – This book changed my approach and relationship with food. It is the foundation for any successful diet program, and since you’re eating so many times throughout the day, I find it to set a mindful and relaxed approach to your day.