Introduction by Dana R. Arevalo
"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." -
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
Over the past several months I have networked with some amazing people on Google plus. In fact, I prefer Google Plus over any other social media site. One gets to network with individuals with similar likes and interests.
Today I present a guest post from Dino, who has expressed genuine interest in 365 Days of Health and Fitness. Always looking to share ideas, I asked him if he would like to share with the world "Leg Lovin" his inspirational fitness story...
by Dino Brunetti
Learn to embrace hate.
As a child I hated eating vegetables, but unfortunately it wasn't always an option not to. I would eat everything on my plate and save them for last thinking that if I said I was full I wouldn't have to eat them. That taught me an important lesson...cold vegetables taste worse than hot ones.
Fast forward a couple decades...
After joining a gym and learning the ins and outs of training, I discovered that legs were the least enjoyable body part to work. It was hard and grueling and almost always followed by a couple of days of sheer agony. So just like my vegetables, I found that if I trained all of my other body parts at the beginning of the week, I could save my legs for Friday. Well 9 out of 10 times I would find a reason not to make it to the gym on Friday.
Then I saw someone who would forever change my life without even knowing it. While sitting at the bar one night, I saw this guy who resembled the Hulk. He was abnormally huge. That is until he got up and walked across the bar and I noticed that his legs were just slightly smaller than pencils. No doubt you've seen this person or one of his relatives at your gym. Their routine is pretty predictable and usually goes something like this:
Monday: Chest, arms, shoulders, back
Tuesday: Arms, shoulders, back, chest
Thursday: Shoulders, back, chest, arms
Friday: Back, chest, arms, shoulders
Now you might try and give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they go to the gym to work legs at 3am so that nobody gets intimidated at the massive amount of weights they use. I don't mean to burst your bubble, but the fact is they don't do legs. Now you may on occasion see this person doing some leg extensions or something just to give the illusion that they love training legs. The fact is they don't. Actually, they probably hate training legs. After all they are comprised of the biggest muscles in the body and surely they have to be hard to work.
In fear of becoming that person, I bumped my leg day to the beginning of the week and slowly but surely they kept getting pushed off until Friday, which again I would have no time for. That was until last winter. I don't know what I did, but I messed up my shoulder to the point where I couldn't ever raise a glass of water to my mouth. Panic set in. How am I going to train every day if I can't even lift my arm? Then it struck me....LEGS.
As far as day to day life went, not being able to use one arm sucked. As far as not being able to use my arm at the gym....well that was probably the best thing to ever happen to me. It forced me to work legs. I don't just mean work them, I mean WORK them. The first few weeks were torture, but after I had found all of what they were capable of it became an addiction. Squats, dead lifts, lunges, step ups, one legged squats, leg press, extensions....well you get it.
While my shoulder still isn't back to 100%, my legs are stronger than they've ever been. I've learned to embrace the hate that I had for working them. I still keep the hate around because it gives me something to focus on. A goal if you will. I want to prove my hate wrong. Show my hate that it can and will be conquered.
I'm not trying to encourage everyone to just work legs, rather work on the exercises that you hate the most. Because the reason you hate them is because they're hard. The reason they're hard is because they work. The reason we know they're hard and work....because someone hated them before you.
Click here for Dino's Google plus profile ....to learn more...