As you all can probably tell from my some of my training sessions and some of my YouTube videos… I am NOT afraid of hard work.  I am NOT afraid to push myself to the limit and bust my ass to reach my goals.  In fact, check out some of my crazier videos here:


155 lbs Deadlift for 54 reps in 2 minutes


165 lb Bench Press


Bret Contreras’ Sexy Challenge


315 lb Hip Thrusts for 12 reps


Are you Bankrupt? 

Like I said above, I am obviously not afraid of hard work, but the point of  my post is not to show how hardcore I am.  In fact, quite the opposite.  The point of this post is to explain that you CANNOT push yourself hard every day.  In fact, pushing it hard on a regular basis without replensishing yourself can actually prevent you from reaching your goals and leave you “bankrupt.”  Literally.  You see, I like to think of my body like a bank account… stay with me here… I am not crazy (well, OK maybe I am… but not about this!)  You see, if you continually take more out of your bank account than you put back in, you will be bankrupt, right?  And we all know that once you’ve gone bankrupt, it’s way harder to get back on your feet again.  Same thing with your body.  If you continually push yourself past your limits without doing what you need to do to rest and recover, you’ll end up in the same boat.


Putting Money in Your Account

Here are some things that “put money in your account:”


Good nutrition

Recovery work (foam rolling, contrast showers, epsom salt baths, etc)

Massage work


Proper supplementation


Healthy social interaction with friends/loves ones

Light recovery workouts


Etc, etc, etc.


Taking Money Out

Below are some of the thing that “take money out of your account:”

Lack of sleep

Work stress

Financial stress

Family stress

Excessive exercise and/or the wrong types of exercise

Super intense exercise (especially CNS-intensive exercise)

Poor nutrition

Unhealthy social interaction (fighting, drama)

Negative self-talk

Etc, etc, etc.


As you can see, it’s not just exercise and nutrition that put money in or take money out… in fact, it can be mostly what you do outside the gym that counts.  My business partner Jim Laird put a sign on our door as you walk out of the gym that says, “The Real Work Begins Now.”  And it’s true… we may only see our clients 2-3 times a week for 50 minutes.  It’s what they do the rest of the time that will really affect their long-term results.

In case anyone was wondering, yes, this post was inpsired by my Facebook status from Saturday afternoon as I soaked up a little sun and relaxed.  Here is what it said:

Didn’t really feel like getting in a hardcore workout today… So I just did some breathing drills, my PRI (pelvic/hip rehab), a little rolling, and a few sets of pulldowns. Just because you don’t have much time or don’t feel like getting your butt kicked, doesn’t mean you can’t still do a few things that will bring you closer to your goals. Every little bit helps and it’s often neglecting the small things that can keep you from reaching your goals and/or keep you injured/in pain.

Listen to your body… There are times to push it and times to reign it in and rest. Today is one of those days for me!”


An example of my pelvic/hip rehab exercises… not exactly exciting, but super beneficial!


See?  I do listen to my own advice (most of the time! ;-D)  The times when I don’t want to take my own advice..? Well, that’s what my Coaches are for!

What are your favorite ways to relax, recharge, and “put money in your account?”

13 Responses to There Are Times to “Push It” and Times to… Not?

  1. Sabrina says:

    Perfect advice!

    When I’m feeling down & out, I prioritize like so:
    -obvious: cut out any non-essential exercise, get more sleep & make sure nutrition is top-notch
    -email or talk to my people – I have a handful of wonderful health-minded friends that I do not hesitate to reach out to when the voice in my head needs to be drowned out with positivity
    -ignore any non-essential items on my to-do list (most things are not important…clean house? screw it!) and put this at the top: in the summer, take my kitties outside with a blanket & a book; in the winter, curl up on the couch with a blanket & a book & two kitties

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  12. Tamara says:

    LOVE this!! Thank you. Also: what is the pelvic/hip rehab exercise you’re doing with the foam roller? I think I probably need it in my life! xo

  13. Johanna says:

    I recently discovered how much i neglected stuff like this and it has boosted sooo many wareas in my life realizing that I actually need A LOT more “down-time”, than I thought I did. Moreso – that it’s nothing “wrong” or I’m not beeing weak for needing more time to relax or that I can’t push myself as hard as other people around me can. It’s OK and a sign that I’m taking care of myself, not being lazy.

    Favorite ways to recharge and relax taking strolls (preferably in the woods/by the sea), have a sleep-in with my boyfriend, meet up with my family, have dinner and hang out, go to a restaurant or do some drawing (I draw like achild, but I really enjoy it!).

    I’m also curious about the pelvic/hip-prehab your’re doing in that picture – maybe a Youtube-video on that? 🙂
    Thanks Molly, you’re blog posts always lits up my days!

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