In one of my previous posts “What does it mean to be strong for life” I talked about my training purpose or ‘Telos’ and how only YOU can truly quantify what it means to be strong, fit and healthy in relation to your life and what you want from it. Read the full post here [link]
Telos – The aim, goal or purpose
Waypoint – a stopping place on a journey
I also talked about the importance of having waypoint or challenges along the way. Losing 10lbs, running a ½ marathon or lifting a heavier kettlebell, for example, should not be the whole journey or goal but merely a waypoint along the way.
These handy waypoints can be a great way to:
- Stay motivated: We all like to hit targets. Having smaller targets to aim for along the way is a great way to stay motivated.
- Simplify the journey: A trip of 1,000 miles can be really hard to navigate and often really daunting but by breaking it down into smaller chunks it’s a lot easier to get started and then stay focused along the way.
- Fun factor: Be excited. Not just about the glory of success (the gold at the end of the rainbow), but about the actual journey itself. If you hate the journey (the process of changing) it’s going to be a long and uncomfortable road.
I have to admit I love a challenge but often I’m like a kid in a candy shop rushing from one idea to the next. So being as I just turned 30 I’ve decided to make a bucket list of things I want to do before I turn 40.
I thought I would share with you the fitness related points, let’s call it my bucket list of strength, and the points all serve as brilliant waypoints along the way as being ‘Strong For Life’ relates to me…
Please note these are my personal waypoints and in no way, a reflection of what you should or shouldn’t pick. If you are inspired by one and want to do do something similar or even the same, great but make sure you pick things that link with YOUR purpose (telos).
No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. – Socrates
Bucket List Of Strength:
- Complete the “Fan Dance” in wales in under 4-hours
- Complete a Turkish Get-up with ½ bodyweight (40kg)
- Complete the sinister goal of 100x swings with a 40kg kettlebell
- Pass the SMK II snatch test (32kg)
- Complete 5-min KB snatch test (24kg)
- Complete 10-min Secret Service KB snatch test (24kg)
- Compete 3/3 strict single arm press ups each side
- Complete 5 weighted strict pullups (24kg)
- Reclaim the full splits
- Deadlift 2x Bodyweight (own it)
- Swim a mile
- Row 500m in under 1:35
- Complete Welsh Three Peaks in under 15-hours
- Complete Lake District 24 Peaks (under 48-hours)
- Climb a mountain with my son.
The things I Want To Try (at least once):
- A tandem skydive.
- Brazilian jiu-jitsu
- Try hot yoga
- Coasteering (jumping off cliffs basically)
- Surfing lessons
- White water rafting
- Outdoor rock climbing
- Skiing or snowboarding
To look at a whole list like that can be a little daunting…mine includes twenty different challenges most of which require a lot of time to train for. So it would be foolish to try and tackle these all at once or even multiple at a time.
But if each year I start by picking two maybe three things to focus onI can slowly chip away at my list. If I complete one early I can start another or just take a little time off to enjoy it.
Right now I’m focused on:
- Pass the SMK II Kettlebell Snatch test (32kg)
- Turkish get-up ½ bodyweight Kettlebell (40kg).
- Row 500m in under 1:35
Now it’s your turn.
What things are going on your bucket list of strength and what are you going to tackle first?
P.S I will not be taking my list on solo. When I can I will train with others but more importantly, I will be getting help and support from other coaches. If you want to learn more about my coaching programmes you can book a free strategy session here.