VersatilityWhen your goal is to compete in fitness, it is easy to develop a pattern where your training is too concentrated on weight training, maybe even only a certain type of weight training. You always feel that your next competition is coming too soon and that you have to build as much muscle as possible, as fast as possible. It is often like you don't have time to prioritize other activities, and that any other form of training than the one directly linked to you next stage appearance is a waste.
A one-sided focus on one particular type of training can over time reduce the joy of working out. It is important to step out of the familiar patterns. Experiment with your training and rediscover the fun in your workouts. A change of routine does not only help your psyche, it is great for your physique as well.
I have just reorganized my own training from training almost exclusively with weights, to a weekly mix of traditional weight training, cross fit, swimming and running. Rediscovering the feeling of being a rookie within certain forms of training is both frustrating and exciting, but most of all I find pleasure in learning new things and developing as an athlete. I have gradually become more at peace with what I want to achieve with my training, and my focus is back to the great feeling I get from working out. Strong results, playfulness and fun are all goals I have set for my training from now on, and they will all play an equal part.
- Ida Øian
Ida Øian completed her law degree together with a full time job, while at the same time competing as a fitness athlete. Ida is working as a jurist in the Immigrational Tribunal and is also running a fitnessteam; Team Total Package, together with Mette Ulseth and Marianne Aas Krog. Ida gives lectures for companies about determination, motivation and discipline with regards to exercise and diet. Ida has run an anti-doping blog since she started her fitness career two years ago.