Breaking the Plateau

Re-invention and improvisation are the offspring’s of instincts and spontaneity. the social contagions of fear and insecurity prevent this union from taking place. Instinctive freedom assists you in approaching previously arduous tasks with creativity and innovation and getting more efficient results due to your impulsive decision making. I try to super impose this pattern at the gym as well. Before diving into how, I shall discuss a line or two about the gym.

The show-offs groan louder, the indolent overdose on protein powder,

The sluggish keep waiting for the spark, baby elephants enjoying protein bars on their walk in the park.

Beauty queens smothered in make up, others sleepwalking the treadmill, trying to wake up.

Some asking questions like a detective, others flirting around dejected.

Midst these, the dedicated who inspire don’t have no swag or style,

They are the ones drenched in sweat and tears, still affording a smile.

True fitness demands sacrifice and patience there is no way that you can bilk,

Fight major wars later, begin with having your coffee without the sugar and milk.

The modern day fitness fad replicates the same craze as drugs from the hippy era. Everyone wants to make themselves extra fit, may it be by pulverizing a Tyre with a sledge hammer, dancing on a pole, enrolling in Spartan like combat classes,taking part in endless marathons or simply by going to the gym.

The gym of course is the focal point for all fitness enthusiasts, Everyone doesn’t come to the gym for the same reason. Whoever has cared to read this post till here will knows the different categories of “gym” people from the comfortably corpulent to the desperate housewives, from the despondent souls after a break up to the skinny predators trying to get a glimpse of some yoga pants, from the ones who were bully-ed to the ones hunting for the next prospect. Their purpose defines their commitment. On the other hand some of us just go to the gym to be in the habit of staying fit, some others to prevent others addictions by compulsively having a good one. Others still, have seen their loved ones suffer from unexpected health issues and believe in the “prevention is better than cure” adage.

The ones who think they belong to the second category of gym freaks might just benefit from this post. Anyone who follows any schedule in the gym reaches a point of time when he doesn’t perceive any muscle or strength gains, he reaches a self perceived plateau where the willingness to slog is about to be overtaken by the lack of belief as a consequence of less visible results. An improvisation helped me overcome this plateau and gain more strength in the process. The method involves following your normal exercise but approaching the sets of particular exercise in different ways. This is specifically for weight training.

  1. Warming Up– Take weights you’re comfortable with and do as many repetitions as you want to get warmed up.
  2. One rep max– This is where strength comes in. A one rep max helps you measure and improve your progress.
  3. The Drop Exhaustion– This helps in really tiring those muscles beyond limits. once you have measured your strength you try to exhaust your muscle for growth. This is done through a simple set wherein you do sets of 1,3,6 and 12 repetitions while dropping your maximum weight at these intervals.

This technique can be applied to any weight exercise you do. It will assist you in breaking all the physical and psychological plateaus as you would have a better measure of your performances. I don’t even need to be a gym geek and turn to my phone or diary after every set to keep account of my performances.

Other than this little pattern of working out, you should always keep all your sense open. Any new concept involves interlinking and representation of older concepts in a newer pattern. Hence by noticing all the exercises that you see around you, you can come up with exercises which suit you better. Although there are no shortcuts to fitness, the journey involves a lot of pain, sweat and patience but still you can make it a little pleasurable by improvising on your exercises. The improvisation is not limited to your exercise but expands to your eating habits too, which will require a blog or two.

Instinctive Freedom- Lucidity by hacking the consciousness

Unlocking the lock of conformance through the key of spontaneity

Spontaneity is the boat used to row across the abyssal void between the mundane and the entertaining. Being spontaneous is not a talent it comes out of practice. Spontaneity is the consequence of throwing yourself out of your comfort zones.  It is the consequence of breaking uniform patterns and chasing random ones. The randomness of chaos is conducive to a more instinctive and consequently affable life process. The cherished souls blessed with superior instincts strive to spread the mindset and share the beauty of their perception with the world. Writing about experiences and experiencing instances worthy of textual depiction are habits of such spontaneous people to empower the people around them to live in the moment. 

All our conscious moments are spent either in anxiety over the uncertainty of the future  or ruing the unfortunate past. Tragedy lies in the fact that at the intersection of Po these worries lies the present moment, influenced and impaired by both. The Taoist concept of Pu (meaning the uncarved rock) comes to head. It represent the original nature, prior to the imprint of culture and experiences. The state one goes back to at the end. Spontaneity involves ridding oneself of any preconceived notions and taking each fresh moment as an absolutely new experience. This is the state we were born with and this is the state in which we should experience every moment. By undertaking new challenges constantly, we fuel our instincts and exercise are  spontaneous responses , making them coherent.

Over introspection is a flaw too potent, makes us indulge in everything except the present moment. 

But you can only only enjoy this worlds true magnificence, when you break the shackles of the conscious and overcome your self imposed reticence.

Uniform thoughts and experiences are bound to render this life mundane,

Life is supposed to be grander, a little chaotic, a little insane.

The security of uniformity conceals the enumerable opportunities that the unknown withholds,

Take a chance, make a change, nullify doubts and express yourself, be bold,

Move at the speed of life, and let your instincts unfold,

Avoid the contemporary, be part of a story untold.

An infinite loop of chic indulgence and slick penmanship commissions you to dent the universe and lead others to change,

While enhancing your own paradigm you can help others expand their perspectives range.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

A writers job consists of spreading the message of the free spirit through his words. Words carry no meaning if not backed by actions and hence treading untouched paths and surfing stranger tides becomes essential. This not only gives a writers work its souls but the articulate depiction experiences equips readers to fight the demons that make them follow conventional patterns and lead similar secure lifestyles.

Everyone wants to be a star, but they refrain from taking adequate action necessary to break through conformance. The least you can do is to hack your consciousness, which tempts you to always do the easiest obvious thing. The best he can do is to spark others lives through the luminescence of his actions.

Sachin Tendulkar- The glint in the eyes, divulges the champion inside

I was just checking some old slam books, the ones we used to get filled by our friends before Facebook. I saw this one from grade 6th where most of my friends filled the ambition section with” I want to be Sachin Tendulkar”. This made me delay my chamomile tea induced sleep plans and do justice to the master himself on the eve of his final test.

Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That’s who we are! We’re not who we say we are, we’re not who we want to be — we are the sum of the influence and impact that we have, in our lives, on others.

Carrying the hopes of a nation through two and a half decades of poverty, corruption, terrorist attacks, natural calamities. Embalming distraught and misery stricken minds by redefining the way a game is played. Inspiring a generation to channelize their energies and being the perfect role model, leading to the development of the current set of world beaters in the India cricket team. The perfect gift to all of us this Children’s day is to see this deity name Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who inspired us throughout our childhood, share his genius for one last time.

The journey, the numbers, the achievements will all be talked about but what this Man did by instilling hope into peoples mind and changing their lives cannot be talked about enough. The mere news of Tendulkar scoring a century made us heal from accidents, forget bad results at school, overlook the tough day at work and sleep with a smile on our faces. The sincere demeanor coupled with the effortless flamboyance will surely leave its mark on everyone who knows cricket.

Sachin’s name will echo across the cricket fraternity for eternity. The 10 cricketers playing along with him tomorrow will vouch for it. Each player in the current team was inspired by Sachin at a point in his life, forget the gamesmanship, by the mentality. Sachin’s passion, dedication, responsibility and humbleness towards cricket and his country are perfect examples to help all of us achieve our own goals.

Sachin is the kind of personalities, who make people forget geographical boundaries and just admire his ingenious. I can imagine the confused bewilderment Australian fans found themselves in when the Sachin storm hit them in Sharjah. The same feeling will be shared by all of the countries he has played against.

“Try to pay homage to Sachin by doing whatever you do with the same dedication and passion that this legend displayed in playing for his country.”

Dancing to the tunes of the muse

Don’t walk around with an empty bucket when you have a fountain inside.

Feeling useless cause you are museless, when the muse herself is a creation of thought. The motivation of living to create put in the hands of an external force, is like waiting for the steak to come to your plate. A muse cant fill your empty bucket, its just the fountain inside which replenishes the creative force, if you manage to keep it uninhibited from external muses.

Muses at the Gym

More often than not the muse serves as an excuse to delay action. The multiple forms that this external force takes serve more as excuses than to empower. The gym can be a good example for this. I couldn’t lift as much today cause I dint have my pre-workout, Museless! I don’t feel like working out cause they dont play good music, Museless! The gym doesn’t have any energy, its too empty,Museless! These among others which include I forgot my headphones, I dint have enough proteins, I don’t feel comfortable in the new shoes are all Museless excuses, which were initially meant to be supports and turn out to be self imposed prisons.

Muses while writing

A writers prime job of piercing the mundane to find the marvelous gets blunted if the source of inspiration is primarily external. The muse might appear as the initial injection of inspiration but in time divulges its true colors. As the creator gets used to the muse, he loses his ability to think independently and wastes time waiting for the muse to turn up.One is better off at making persistence his muse,throwing himself into the never ending loop of creation. This will keep you focused at the task at hand and prevent you to be led astray in search of the Muse.

Does the muse impair spontaneity?

If an external force is required to foster thoughts and ideas, will you think about the muse or the situation at hand, as it occurs. Yet again depending on the misleading muse not only wastes your time but eats off your spontaneity,  which in all honesty is the source for all innovation and creativity. Defeating your habit, of pursuing the muse for ideas,by spontaneous originality helps you overcome the ill habit of always having to look up to an external force for solutions.   

We are bound to get dependent when we seek external inspiration to seek the truth,

The muse is meant to dance for us, but most often we end up dancing to the tunes of the muse.

Oh, where will the title go

Although I belong to a cricket crazy nation where the name of a certain player is synonymous to God, writing about cricket doesn’t appeal as much as the more popular game on the planet, soccer. Over the years, Soccer has been more popular than cricket because its ephemeral nature, which condenses all the sportly drama in a 90 minute time frame,just like a well written article which conveys relevance succinctly. 

Lets narrow down to the Premier league which is shaping up as the most open race to the title in recent history.

Mourinho’s back but the forward lines got the blues, Why did he let Lukaku still few have a clue,

They say he was shipped out to dent others titles hope, but without the goals Chelsea themselves cannot scope.

The red of Manchester are still finding their feet, We used to talk about their flair now we talk about how Young men in red cheat,

Leaking those goals is where the two Manchesters meet, sometimes I don’t understand what Pellegrini speaks,

Moyes is still partially at Everton, the training’s more than what world class players need,

It barely does any good,an  18 year old boy has been saving them week after week.

Southampton are flying higher than expected, we could see them next year in the champions league,

Only if Tottenham with AVB and the 7 bought for Bale flatter to deceive.

Liverpool look solid but hope SAS are supported well by the wing backs,

Too much experimenting at the back would do know good, Roberto Martinez’s miser defense says Rodger that.

In such an open race it comes down to nerves, and that’s where experience contorts.

and when I asked Gatsby, he said the titles already decided, old sport.

This weeks set up beautifully, Robin welcomes his old fam,

Both clubs have abundance of what the other lacks, Man U could do with any one of Mesut, Jack, Walcott, Santi or Ram, just like Arsene would want any one of Chicharito, Welbeck, Robin or Rooney as part of his plan.

 

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