Sorry, Not Sorry: There Are No Bad Training Days

SquatBottomI used to have bad training days.

For a while, they happened pretty much every day. If you’re not familiar with this blog, you can check out Shut up, stupid jerk brain, I’m trying to be the sane one or Enlightened cheeseburgers are the best cheeseburgers in the universe to see what I mean. That’s where my brain was a few years ago.

The fact is, I was a miserable person, and it was a miserable experience to train with me.

It basically took Nick showing up and saying, “I will kick you out of your own gym if you come in here with a shitty attitude” for things to finally start to change. He meant it, and I was not the only one who got that lecture. Everyone at the gym did.

Show up with a piss poor attitude, throw a tantrum, or complain about your lifting and you will be sent home.

I don’t have bad training days anymore, but it appears that a lot of other people do.

Well, sorry, not sorry. But, there is no such thing as a bad training day. Get over yourself.

A training session is just that. It’s training. The point is to do work. It actually doesn’t matter what the work is. I used to get caught up in that part of it. I’d think the goal was a certain weight or number of sets or reps or a PR. And, when I didn’t hit the numbers I thought I was supposed to hit, I’d be pissed off.

A bad training day.


Training is training. If you can’t hit a particular weight or number of sets or reps, and if you are 100 kg off your PR on one day, it absolutely does not matter.

Do work. Do work at a lighter weight. Do a different exercise. Just do work. If I cannot hit 100 kg for reps on the squat, then fuck it, I will do reps at 90 kg or 70 kg or whatever weight. If I can’t squat, then I will do pushups or lat pulldowns or curls.

Nick always says that it is a success if you go to the gym and put your shoes on. I didn’t understand that a year ago, but I do now.

One rep > Zero reps

Don’t allow bad training days. It’s in your power and your power alone.

Author: Tamara Reynolds

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  1. Great post!! I’ve done crossfit, starting strength and weightlifting and I feel like most women in these communities are typically not overly concerned with training to look a certain way. We throw out the scale, don’t care about sizes and certainly don’t count calories. What happened to me though, was obsessing about PRs, the weight on the bar, did I lift as heavy as last week, last meet, whatever. And for me that felt just as unhealthy as counting calories or worrying about the scale. I feel like it can be just as unhealthy to obsess about an athletic goal as it is to worry about your appearance. I have to tell myself daily that I am right where I need to be, my best is good enough, and that I’m not a project. I still work hard but I can’t get into that place where I’m being obsessive about it. I have to find the balance between healthy striving and obsessing. Take life one day at a time. Thanks for sharing and allowing me to chime in. : )

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    • Thank you, Adrienne! I agree. Obsessing about numbers on the bar can be as mentally draining as obsessing about the number on the scale. You just have to go in and do your best every day.

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  2. Truth.

    Also applies to writing. Probably a lot of other important things as well. Just show up and do it.

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