I recently read a tweet by Gym Jones disciple Matt Owen which stated, “if you don’t think about quitting at least a few times during a 2000 meter row, you aren’t going hard enough.” While the 2000 meter row provides an excellent examination into the psychological strength of an athlete, the theory behind this statement isn’t limited to it.
Food occupies an enormous part of our psyche. We measure time by it, we celebrate occasions with it, we are often at war with it. So how do we learn to manage the problem food has become for so many of us?
At Roark, our programming doesn’t involve rushing through a quick fix programme and crash diet to get you ‘bikini ready’ – although that might be a goal of yours. Our aim is to teach you to use your body properly, to get steadily stronger, which will allow you to put yourself in better and more efficient positions during exercise, therefore increasing your fitness and making your body stronger, leaner and fitter.
For those who have had some experience of our training, you will know that in every workout there comes a point where your mind tells you that you should stop or slow down. This is usually around the middle section of any workout where your mind registers that you’re starting to fatigue, while also realising you’ve still got to go as far as you’ve come.
Anyone with an inquisitive mind seeks to understand how different successes are achieved. We are drawn to success, and naturally measure our own ability to achieve it. We’ve all experienced the thought of “if he did it, so can I” when hearing of someone whom we consider to be our equal at a specific discipline having achieved success within it.
Roark member and African go karting champion David Perel writes for us on his experience at Roark, and how the training has assisted him in his quest to compete at the World Championships.
One thing which is immediately noticeable on entering our new women’s gym is that there are no mirrors. If you’ve trained at a globo gym for most of your life, this may seem a strange concept, considering that these ‘health’ clubs are usually lined with mirrors to assist you in checking out every angle of yourself.
Its an interesting thought. What makes someone change what they’ve been doing regularly over a long period of time, to give something else a try?