Coldogblog – Flexibility

Coldogblog – Flexibility

Coach Col Dog’s Tip of the Week


Bit of a multi faceted tip this week, covering both flexibility of mind and body. How would you rate your flexibility?

This week I wanted to cover “getting around” obstacles, getting what you want, where to compromise and a quick fire series of life hacks that help me.

In a fitness sense, we often refer to mobility as being optimal, where sometimes too much flexibility is not optimal. In writing the tip this week, I think this a great distinction to make on a mindset level as well – mobility is flexibility with C O N T R O L.

I often say to people “I always get what I want, eventually” How have I come to this view??

🤸‍♀️ Mobility of mind – having a laser like focus on the goals you set yourself is great – in this context, knowing that there is more than one way to get there is super important. How often does stuff actually go to plan? Key takeout for me on all of this has been to regularly review and assess my progress against my goals, am I getting closer of further  away? What do I need to change to get closer?

🤸‍♂️ Best alternative – this might not be optimal to achieving the outcome you are after, but next best option is better then throwing your hands up in the air and doing nothing but get frustrated.

🤸‍♂️ Know when to compromise – pleasing all of the people all of the time is ultimately impossible, stay true to yourself, provide feedback when you need to, don’t feel that you need to always compromise yourself to achieve an outcome.

🤸‍♂️ Communication – being open about the outcomes you are seeking where appropriate is key to achieving them. It is our nature to want to help people, I will often open conversations with my desired outcome stated – eliminate uncertainty where you can

L I F E   H A C K S

A bit of a random collection of “mobile” ideas I find make life easier:

💥 Skipping meals – buy yourself a protein shaker, protein powder, greens powder and nut butter – leave it unmixed in your bag – find time to get to a tap, shake and drink – better than going 8 hours without food

💥 Getting shit done – turn all app notifications off on your phone – one of the best distraction killers I’ve found!!

💥 Write things down – physically write it, don’t type it – I often use this technique when I review progress against goals or reflect on my day etc – for whatever reason I have a stronger connection to it doing that, my understanding is that writing drives a better neural connection

💥 Mobility – morning and night – 10 minutes of movement, before and after bedtime. This is a huge part of feeling good for me – get that oxygen and blood flowing through the body.

Colin Barnes

Personal Trainer



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