What a morning of learning!

I’ve pretty much been out of action for 3 weeks a virus that’s made me everything from sneezy to dopey to sleepy – the only thing I’ve not been is Bashful. I’ve also had a really nasty shoulder injury that meant I couldn’t get up off the sofa at one point. So, today I decided to go to the gym just to try and keep moving and halt the slide.

I started with a good 20 minutes of stretches and mobility work. Then bench press and front squats at about 80% of my normal weight. Then I finished off with snatch. This is where the magic really started. I hit my usual failure weight of 60kg 5 times in a row. Then I hit a new PR of 62.5kg 3 times in a row and finished off with another new PR at 65kg.

Here’s what today was about…

1, Adapt to the situation, do what you can, adjust your intensity accordingly – just to stretching if you have to, but make sure you keep doing something. Every day can’t be a PR day but every day can get you closer to a PR and help you to be a little bit better than yesterday. Take the long view and don’t get disheartened when the injuries, colds and life in general make it hard to be at 100%. Sometimes when it doesn’t go the way you planned you have to approach things in a different way and that leads to unexpected progress. As the song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang goes “From The Ashes of Disaster Grow The Roses of Success”.

2, Some people need to start chasing PRs as they just keep doing the same weight and the same rep-range, or running the same distance at the same pace without any improvement or adaptation. Other people (me being one if them), need to rein-in their training and just get in some steady, consistent miles or reps and the PRs will come. Like a lot of the things, it’s about getting the balance right.

I’ve applied this to my Olympic Lifting. Just moving away from chasing PRs and focusing on consistency has helped me to achieve both consistent improvement and new PRs as well. Still lots of improvements to be made but whole heap of progress from when I first started Olympic Lifting.

Danny Sroda is owner and Lead Trainer at Reach Corporate Fitness for Business.

Danny Sroda
Danny Sroda is Lead Trainer and owner at Reach Fitness For Business. He is an experienced Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with over 10 years experience working in business as an HE lecturer in management and as a freelance consultant specialising in motivation and personal development

Danny has a First Class degree in business and is a member of Mensa. He combines his academic background with his passion for fitness to create motivating and powerful corporate training programmes.

When he’s not training clients, he is usually to be found doing Crossfit, weight training or doing the occasional triathlon. He’s also passionate about parkrun. And when he’s not training he’s probably lying on the sofa watching re-runs of Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses or The League of Gentlemen.

“I created Reach Corporate Fitness because I believe that there is a direct link between business success and health and fitness success factors (motivation, discipline, goal setting, striving to be better, learning, teamwork, overcoming obstacles etc.). I truly believe that our expert knowledge of motivation, personal development and organisational behaviour, combined with our experience in the fitness industry makes us world leaders in providing Corporate Fitness programmes”.

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Danny Sroda is Lead Trainer and owner at Reach Fitness For Business. He is an experienced Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with over 10 years experience working in business as an HE lecturer in management and as a freelance consultant specialising in motivation and personal development Danny has a First Class degree in business and is a member of Mensa. He combines his academic background with his passion for fitness to create motivating and powerful corporate training programmes. When he’s not training clients, he is usually to be found doing Crossfit, weight training or doing the occasional triathlon. He’s also passionate about parkrun. And when he’s not training he’s probably lying on the sofa watching re-runs of Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses or The League of Gentlemen. “I created Reach Corporate Fitness because I believe that there is a direct link between business success and health and fitness success factors (motivation, discipline, goal setting, striving to be better, learning, teamwork, overcoming obstacles etc.). I truly believe that our expert knowledge of motivation, personal development and organisational behaviour, combined with our experience in the fitness industry makes us world leaders in providing Corporate Fitness programmes”.