Why I Stopped Training Myself

Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, "A man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client". I like to paraphrase it a bit and say, "A man who is his own personal trainer, has a fool for a client". 

I'm going to be vulnerable today. I recently had to do some introspection because I was stalling in my training. We've all been there, we've plateaued, or whatever was working stops working. And these plateaus can be frustrating. For me, I was going on close to a year without any real progress, and I was wracking my brain. 

It's when I took a step back I realized the issue. I had been training myself. More specifically writing my own programs and holding myself accountable.

At the surface this doesn't seem all bad. I write a lot of really good and successful programs, for other people. The issue when it comes to myself is the fact that I can't get out of my mind the exercises I enjoy doing. 

I wrote really good programs, but most if not all the exercises were exercises I enjoyed. The issue with this is that these were exercises I didn't really need. When working with other people I often notice the exercises we hate the most are often the ones we need. This was the first problem. 

The next issue I had training myself is the fact that I'm holding myself accountable. Even when I put exercises in place that I needed I would always find a way around it. My knowledge base was my own enemy. I know a million different variations, and would somehow find a way to talk myself into an easier variation. Before long the program changed entirely from what it was originally supposed to be. 

 

All these issues continued for a long time, and it wasn't until I checked my ego at the door and started doing a program that was not my own that I've started to see success again.

This is a pitfall we all need to be cautious about when it comes to our own training. We all have a tendency of doing what we think we need and in all actuality it's really just something we want, and not what we actually need. 

Being trained or coached by someone other than yourself goes a long way in helping you work harder, be more consistent, actually do what you need and most importantly feel accountable to someone who isn't you. 

- Dave