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Post-leg workout high; Why people stop training; New AtLarge web site!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by  
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I was feeling very inspired after I finished training legs yesterday afternoon; so much so that I wanted to immediately sit down and write this morning’s blog, but I just didn’t have the time. So I had to settle for a two-sentence blurb on Facebook that didn’t properly convey my post-workout euphoria. So I’ll try now…

My legs were finally fully recovered from last week’s assault, my lower back was not hurting and I had plenty of energy. I had a feeling going in that it was going to be a great workout, and it was. I was able to add weight to every exercise, I didn’t feel nearly as winded as I did last week on the 20-rep squat sets (with just 60 seconds rest) and by the time the workout was over I felt like I was high. Actually, I was high. The endorphin rush when training hard is an incredible feeling. I remember thinking to myself, “How can anyone not love working out?”

Actually, that’s a really interesting question. I thought about that a bit last night. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons beginners don’t stick with training is because they don’t push past the early stages. Training when you’re new to it and out of shape can be frustrating and, often, not much fun. I get that: it’s hard work, and most of the benefits are far from immediate. Everyone was a beginner at some point, and so we’ve all been there. Those who actually stick with it and get over that initial hump usually find training to be very rewarding and look forward to it. I know I do. It’s unfortunate that a lot of people never get to that point. It’s much easier to pour a drink and settle into the couch, right? I’ve been there, too, and that’s the sort of high that eats away at your life rather than enhancing it. Putting down the bottle and picking up a barbell after work takes effort, but the best things in life always do. You get what you pay for.

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As most of you know, I’ve been hard at work redesigning this web site. I’m not the only one who’s been at the HTML workbench: AtLarge Nutrition has just launched a brand new web site, and it looks fantastic! It’s got a sleek, modern design, is easy to navigate and makes finding the supplements that are right for you and your goals a snap. Go check it out for yourself!

Yet another cold front is blowing through today. Lisa said, “I’m sick of the cold weather!” I said, “Well, if you don’t like the cold then move to Florida!” Oh, wait. Hrm, maybe we need to move to South America. Anyway, the weather is nasty right now, so I’m going to do indoor HIIT cardio today. Later this week things should clear up and I’ll be able to hit the trails and test out my rapidly improving cardiovascular system.

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