Have you ever considered how much time, money, energy and triple checking goes into making sure a Formula One racing vehicle is all systems go on race day?
The engine itself costs in excess of $80,000. There are 15-20 men working in the pit crew at any given time. Why is all of this necessary? Because if the car doesn’t perform, people don’t get paid, endorsements are dropped and pride is injured. Cutting corners in Formula One is unheard of for consistent performers.
What does this have to do with maximizing performance on the game field, at a CrossFit meet, or in your drive for personal records? Everything! If you want to see what your body truly has to offer you, then you have to fuel it with the nutrients and living substance that will propel it beyond what has been your historical threshold. You have to surround yourself with people who have gone farther than you have. Does this mean you need a chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, naturopath, coach, and personal chef? Not by a long shot.
It does mean that if you settle for hype over substance or the consistent “just this one time” junk food indulgence you are going to end up right where you should, but not where you could of. The difference between Formula One and your body, is that better fuel, more living food, and smarter workouts increase your threshold and efficiency exponentially. Your body builds off itself. This is why if you run 1 mile each day for 30 days, you will burn less calories on day 30 then you did on day 1, even if everything else was identical. Your body is optimizing itself, evolving to meet the demand put on it. Formula One race cars don’t have this luxury.
If performance and gains are a part of your summer plans, it is time to take a look at the little (or big) things that are holding you back. Is your food, supplementation, and workout strategy based on optimizing human performance or some flashy thing you read online? Is the tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, pastries, synthetic sweeteners, and soda pop so amazing that you would sacrifice your potential, to indulge in them regularly? Is your pride that important that you can’t make it to the gym to workout with those who are performing beyond your current level?
This summer, strongly consider giving your body the opportunity to perform at a level you didn’t know you had in you!