Distracted Training 

You see it all the time on the roads, drivers texting, eating, applying their makeup or sitting motionless as they face an advanced green left turn signal. How many times have you gone through an intersection on a green light and looked in your rear-view mirror to see what the colour of the light was. We have a name for that, it’s called, “Distracted Driving”.

In sports you see baseball players routinely holding up 1 or 2 fingers to their teammates on the field to indicate 1 out or 2 outs.  These guys are professional athletes making millions of dollars; surely they don’t need to be told how many outs they have accomplished and how many are still needed to end the inning. In a worst case scenario, all a player has to do is to look up at the scoreboard to see how many outs his or her team needs to end the inning. Well they do need to be reminded just how many outs there are, just watch the sports network’s highlight of the night or should I say lowlight as a player starts walking off the field with the ball still in his hand believing he has made the third out. The base runner, realizing the mistake, takes off and steals another base or worse, steals home and scores a run.  In some cases the player will flip the ball into the stands, graciously giving a fan a souvenir with only 2 outs. It’s inexplicable but it’s true, the million dollar athlete was distracted with thousands if not millions of baseball fans watching his blunder.

Now imagine yourself in the gym, you’re pumped, well rested and full of alacrity. You’ve just completed a set with your cambered squat bar by Force of Habit. Just as you rack the weights you ask yourself, “Was that set #3 or #4?”. How can this happen, surely you can count to 4 or 5 without messing up. You try to remember how did set #1 feel? You kind of remember set #2 or was that set #3. It happens to the best of us. Don’t panic, if you lose count, always err on the side that you have done one set less than you think. If you’re not sure if that was set 3 or 4, default to the lower number of 3. This allows you to either do the right amount of sets in the end or even better, you do an extra set. In the end, you never short change yourself. Of course, you can reduce the chances of “Distracted Training” by keeping a log and charting your progress.

Why do you do put yourself through agonizing training, day after day, month after month and year after year, “Force of Habit”.

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