This post was written specifically for those doing the 300 swing a day challenge. However its ideas are good for anybody that is training for anything. Whether it be a race, a lifting meet, fat loss or a kettlebell certification. Use these thoughts to help over the long haul.

Remember to always keep your eyes in the goal!

The timer rang it is the 10th round and I feel like I haven’t had any rest on my 30 sec. break. Sweat is in my eyes my hands hurt and I have to pay attention to the details of my technique all in addition to trying not to get hit. On top of all of these challenges my mind is telling me that I cannot do it and that I should just quit, considering that I still had three rounds to go.” It will be ok,  your coach knows that you are trying really hard and still will accept your effort” it said as I stepped back into the ring to get the round started.

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
Rocky Balboa 2006

Can any of you relate to this? Here we all are in the third week of our 300 swing challenge and we are all feeling tired and maybe even a bit resentful towards the kettlebell swing. You may even feel like you are being reduced to your youth and being forced to eat your vegetables such as Brussel sprouts and Lima beans. (Btw they still make me gag.) Your Glutes and hands may be sore and all that you can do is think about the time when you don’t have to do any more Kettlebell swings. Ahh! April 1st will be so great you may think, all of this will be over with!

Feeling like this is absolutely normal and it is because the mental fatigue that you are experiencing as you train. (If you are not experience this, your loading is probably too light.) Now the key is not to deny or let this feelings control you but to stay in the fight and to be strong in spite of them!
It seems funny to me how the brain will fight against the very things that build us up and make us stronger in the long run. Yet that is exactly what happens to us. Have you ever tried to go for a PR that you knew you could do and you followed all of the steps of form and progression and your form went to hell quick? If so you are now aware that you have to be stronger than your mind and subconscious in order to get to the point of victory. This challenge will be the same. This is the reason why it is a challenge, because you must overcome something.

what is the point of all of this? Why am I writing a post like this? Simply because I am aware of the mental fatigue that grabs a hold of you as you train and how the temptation to quit can overcome you. So instead of quitting, dig your heels into the floor and decide to be iron. Not only will challenge make you leaner and stronger physically. But will also make you mentally strong which as you are aware is a key to success.

In conclusion, friends hang in there keep swinging with quality form and if you need to, split up your swings throughout the day. Just whatever you do: do not quit and or  lower your weight, the people that we all always admire are the ones somehow  find a way to overcome, Choose to be an over comer today!

Keep swinging friends!
Moses Correa
The Ranter

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