Showing posts from December, 2017

The Disappointment

Here I am again after a workout; with a learned lesson realized maybe just remembered. I call this work out “the disappointment.”

When I was a kid I looked for shortcuts. I thought that when no one was looking, no one was looking. When I got away with something I became saturated in satisfaction with myself and how slick I was. I thought I was smart. So cunning. I got a way with it when no one was watching. Then, though, there were the times which were most tragic. The times my deception was discovered and discipline I expected. There I’d stood with my head held low in the shadow of shame and my father staring back at me; this time not in anger. No, those expectations were shattered by the words no child wants to hear. “I’m so disappointed in you.” No grounding, no long talk, just sick silence in the air with the echoes of his voice between my ears. My bottom lip quivering and I am thinking, “Why’d I do it?” 

Endurance. Its root is to endure. To endure implies pain. In exercising we can…

The Detox

I walked confidently off the plane into the Columbus airport. As I breathed in the air conditioned air in the airport I heard my name. "Eric." In wonder I whipped around to reply and saw no familiar faces. There were two gentlemen in uniform walking my way "Are you Eric Dilley?" "Yes." I replied. "We have a warrant for your arrest out of Fairfield County." "Wow that was fast." I said with a smile. 
The plan was that I’d visit with my son, Deb and the Hope Without Dope group. Then after a week I'd turn myself in. My mother had other plans. She alerted the airport to arrest the felon who was flying in. I could have been mad. I could have run. I was done running. In my mind it made no difference to me. I made the decision to head into battle, not run from it. I made the decision not to be angry at others for my bad decisions. I, for the first time in a while, decided to own up to my life and to accept responsibility for it. My actions …

Forget the fatigue, focus on your form.

One of my clients and I often have deep talks after we train. Well yesterday I trained him. Ha Ha Haaaa. More like smoked him! Well that's what they call it at Go Ruck. So when the Cadre (Ex-Special Forces who lead the event) are smoking you, they are putting you through a brutal workout. Usually all relatively simple movements which after done for a while, totally suck. 

I had my friend Jason sprinting a tenth of a mile with 50# vest on, doing push ups in cadence, more sprinting, mountain climbers in cadence, more sprinting, flutters in cadence while 50# is laying on his chest. Sprinting with a 50# sand bag, 40 ground to shoulders with the bag....well I think you get it. 
Eventually we came to the end of his work out. Every 30 seconds he increases his speed on the treadmill by 1 mile an hour until he can't go any more. I was coaching him to focus on his breath and to think about his form by relaxing and letting the treadmill move underneath him. He did well. After we were finis…

The Resilent

YO! You want to build your resilience? You want to be able to in those moments of suck rise and say I got this? Make it a habit. How do you make a habit? Repetition. Now it's time to commit to grit. Try this work out. Carrying heavy things up hills and sprinting 7 or more times will bring you to that point. But why do we need to develop resilience?  

Physically healthy people are better able to recover from injury and illness, and the mentally healthy are better able to bounce back from trauma and stress. This is what we call resilience.

We all have levels of resilience because we all experience stresses in life. Like High School, being parents, deadlines at our jobs; trying to lose 50 - 100 pounds, battling addiction or depression.

Why though are we able to overcome some of these stresses and not the others? How can we?

You know I like to lift weights. I know that squatting 400 pounds right now isn't possible. I can squat up to 350 though. If I want to be able to squat 400 I have…