Actually, the full quote is “Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Voltaire said that. I tend to paraphrase it. This was a very hard lesson for me to learn, and it’s still not drilled into my head… I catch myself making this error repeatedly. And, it bugs me because I
The problem, or rather one of the problems, for there can be many, a sizeable proportion of which are continually creating stumbling blocks, frustrations, and impedance in many areas of training and especially, where applicable, those we create for ourselves, this.
The previous sentence makes sense. That is not the problem.
This is: mindfulness.
Read it through again and you’ll get it.
At some point, after having trained with us for a few weeks, maybe a couple months, every new QuantumFit athlete relates what is essentially the same anecdote: They are at a big box gym (some-crazy-how), or they’re watching a video on YouTube, and they see someone doing 1/4 range of motion squats with big weight
A person’s worth has nothing to do with how much they weigh, or their dress size. It also has nothing to do with how much they squat or how fast they can run a mile. With a few unfortunate and sad exceptions, we’re all good people. We all love, and contribute, and support, and teach, and learn. These are the measure of our worth, and we’re all worthy. The physical self-image should not be at all connected to these much more important things… nor should fitness, even, because fitness is not about how good a person one is. Whatever level of fitness a person is, it’s no reason to look at themselves and feel badly. Fitness is not at all about how good a person one is, it’s entirely and only about one’s health… it’s about how long a person is likely to be around in the world, being the good person that they already are.
I’m not the world’s best Q-Fitter. I often struggle with negative self-talk, bad body image, and the urge to just not workout. I didn’t grow up physically active or in a family that had a culture at home that was particularly healthy either in terms of nutrition or of fitness. Working out is not my
There are few things involving bodyweight-only movements more impressive than the ability to do a ton of pull-ups. Even doing just one pull-up is something most people can’t manage. I’ve had several prospective new clients come into the gym, confident in their fitness and able to do good push-ups, squats, and claim a 2x bodyweight
I’ll be up front about this: running in the cold sucks. I mean, completely. There’s just little to no chance of me going out for a run in weather colder than about 65 degrees, unless maybe my defenses were breached and I’m trying to survive one more day of the Zombie Apocalypse.
There is probably no body-weight exercise which recruits more of your body’s resources for a single rep than the Burpee. There is also (probably) no body-weight exercise which inspires more groaning, cursing-of-the-coach’s-name, or dread than the Burpee. This of course merely serves to underscore its effectiveness as a training movement, because if it didn’t totally suck to execute, it wouldn’t be worth doing, would it?