how do you measure your progress?

Everyone wants to get stronger, but how do you know if you are actually are?

First of all, you need to decide if you are going to work out or if you are going to train.

They are not the same.

Working out is often just experiencing the moment, the feeling you get.

It doesn not mean you made any progress even if you are crumpled up on the floor in a pool of sweat at the end.

Training on the other hand doesn’t focus on the moment or the feeling. It focuses on results, specifically

ongoing results. It involves a well thought out plan implemented consistently over time.

Keeping an up-to-date training journal is a big help in seeing how far you’ve come or fallen behind.

If you don’t keep a journal you are just guessing or kidding yourself.

Another way to check your progess is through regular testing.

We test every three months at the Cave.

I describle how we do that in detail in my new paperback book, The Cave Strong Method,which will be available this week from Barnes & Noble.

The third way to test yourself is through competition.

Competition pits you against some very strong and capable people who will push you to the limit.

You might win or you might get crushed, but either way you learn and improve.

Sometimes the truth is ugly other times it’s beautiful.

Find out what it will be for you.

Out for now,

Coach D

Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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