PICK UP THE DAMN WEIGHT
So many people focus on what training can give you physically.
With good reason! After all, we are physically moving our bodies, and (depending on the training stimulus) strengthening our hearts, lungs, muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments.
No one can argue the physical benefits of exercise.
Personally though, the best type of strength I have gained in my years of training, is a powerful sense of confidence and capability that I had never known before getting under the barbell.
Lifting heavy weights showed me that I can do things that I didn’t think possible, that my body is capable of doing incredibly difficult things, if my MIND is willing.
Pushing myself in conditioning workouts taught me that I can face extreme discomfort head on, make a choice to push through, and not back down.
Why is this meaningful?
When you’re faced with any challenging situation in life, you have a choice in how you respond.
Will you let your circumstances get the better of you? Or can you be courageous when placed in an uncomfortable or difficult position?
The way that you respond in that moment is a reflection of who you are, of the strength of your character.
If you can build that mental strength and mindset, you’ll find that little by little it begins to transfer to your every day life. It begins to change who you are, and challenge how you see yourself.
So the next time you’re in the middle of a workout and your lungs are burning, your muscles are sore and you’re looking at that weight in front of you thinking ERMAHGAWD I cannot pick that up right now.
Don’t wait for me to to yell at you.