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3 Tips for Training

In today's dopamine-filled, instant-gratification society, most people are searching for what is going to give them the results they want right NOW. An interesting book on this topic of instant gratification and dopamine is Dr. Anna Lembke’s, Dopamine: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence.

This “I want it NOW” attitude is true in a wide variety of situations and the thought process is exasperated by the world of social media. Right, wrong, or indifferent... social media has a huge hold on our society and we often look to it for news, humor, advice, entertainment, and social interaction. Don’t get me wrong, social media can 100% have a positive influence too! This is one of the ways our Made 2 Move crew connects with people, posts research, and encourages people to join the the Made 2 Move Strength Club or the Made 2 Move Girl’s Soccer Summer Strength Camp.

Alright, social media rant over. Back to the toxic “I want it NOW” mindset that has permeated every aspect of our modern society. Sadly, in the sport training, weight lifting world, and fitness world as a whole, there are very few instances where we can get the results we want quick enough to fill that void of instant gratification. Many ads and social media claim posts claim to have a quick fix, detox, or 10 day program to get healthy or get the “body of your dreams.” But this is just a marketing ploy.

The truth many people don’t want to hear? It takes time. It takes discipline and effort. It takes showing up day in and day out to put in the work. Elite athletes did not become elite because they trained really hard for 4 weeks or found a magic, 10 day workout plan. No. They got to where they are by putting in years of work. The same goes for physical therapy. Our most successful Made 2 Move patients did not get out of pain by seeing us once and crossing PT off their list.

Our Made 2 Move patients and elite athletes have something in common and it’s working. These people got to where they are by showing up every day and getting 1% better every training session. Doing the work when no one was watching. Showing up early to do their prehab exercises before their workout session. It's the consistency that sets them apart.

To word it differently, it is much harder to start than it is to maintain. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest but objects in motion tend to stay in motion. If you've ever pushed a sled in the weight room, you know this to be true. It is way harder to get that sled moving compa