Enjoying The Fitness Journey: Lessons From Goku & Vegeta
Goku goes into a gravity chamber, sets it to 100x earths gravity. He gets strong & becomes a Super Saiyan.
Vegeta sets it to 500x earths gravity. He gets strong but not as strong as Goku & can’t become a Super Saiyan.
Why? It's the backwards law.
With my own journey into fitness, my observations of those around me, & also the mentality of those that I have trained past & present, one thing has always stood out to me.
Patience, or lack thereof.
When I started out I was always 'optimising'. The exact training volume I needed to grow, the perfect macronutrient split, all the supplements in the world, every exercise that had any possible unique benefit I could perceive etc.
Now I’m a lot older in training years & a lot wiser. Most of that shit didn’t matter & was a recipe for burnout & crappy results.
Things that ‘have no harm’ do in fact have harm. They detract from what’s important. If you know you’ve got 10 different leg exercises you’re not going to give all your effort to squats.
Don’t even get me started on the perfect macro split. Most trainees who don’t have sport specific goals need not worry about anything besides tracking protein, calories, & fibre. Let carbs & fats fall into place to your personal preference.
There’s no need to rush this, you’re going to be doing it for the rest of your life. It needs to be effective but it also needs to be sustainable.
-A lb of fat lost per week is great!
-A strength or rep increase on a lift is great!
-Sticking to your 80% clean diet every day for a month is great!
This is sustainable & if you could double your efforts it’s not like you would double your progress. In fact there’s a good chance you could rebound & mess the whole thing up entirely. That’s what the backwards law is; the more you want something, the less likely you are to achieve it. Not because of some mystical force but because you'll be work working hard at the wrong things without a narrow focus.
Vegeta became a Super Saiyan by letting go of his desire to have it, be patient & enjoy the journey.