Heavy lifting requires physical strength, that it a simple truth. However it’s the accompanying mental game that I find so interesting and constantly challenging. We’ve shared our thoughts on this in the past but I find it important to revisit. Because no matter how long you lift and how much you progress, the struggle is still there and it is very real.
It’s cyclical. You’ll have a good few weeks, make your lifts, hit your numbers and feel confident and just downright awesome. But this can and usually does, follow up with a couple of weeks of the complete opposite. Lighter weights will feel heavier, you have to grind out your sets and you may even miss a lift that you smoked just days before. It’s frustrating as hell and some days I just want to say “Screw it.”
But I don’t and I know you don’t either. You breathe, step back from the bar, regroup and try again. And it’s that strength, the strength to push through the misses, the frustration, the insecurity, that I have come to appreciate so much. It’s tough to not give up, but even if the reward isn’t in that big number on the bar that you’re going for, it’s still worth it. Having the determination to do something that’s not always easy, not always fun, not always rewarding is a gift in and of itself.
It’s important for me to remember the value of that strength that comes not from my hands on the bar, but from the voice in my head. I want it to keep saying, “Keep trying. You’ll get there. Do NOT give up.”