A wall, whether brick, stone, metal, plaster, or wood, is built to keep things both out and in. The walls of your house, keep you safe from the outside. They keep you from having to be out in the weather and they keep pests and rodents out (usually). Staying within those walls would certainly be safe, but what if something GREAT was just on the other side?
What keeps you behind the wall? Is it fear or being afraid of trying something new?
Fear is probably the Absolute, 100% Overall, All Encompassing, Ubiquitous ( ;-) You like that one), concern of people that are either novices to the gym OR have had a bad experience in the past.
In my tenure as a fitness professional I have made my share of mistakes that I don’t ever care to repeat. Back when I first started deadlifting I had planned to get a workout completed before meeting up with some friends. I was feeling good. I was feeling strong. I was going to hit that 450lb Deadlift. IT. WAS. ON.
I hit all of my warm ups, no problem. I had 450lbs on the bar. I dipped. I gripped. I lifted. I was ¼ of the way up… ½ way… ½ way… still ½ way up. I was stuck. People were watching and I knew I had to do something. Pride won over common sense and I tried pulling with my arms to complete the lift. I felt a pop and that was it. The bar crashed to the floor, but I couldn’t tell what hit harder, the bar or my body. That night I crawled out of the gym in pain. It was the most excruciating night of sleep in my life.
Cool part? That wasn’t the end of my story; Just the part that sucked. And I mean every bit of the word “sucked”. I can’t lie, it was a LOOOOONG time before I trusted myself to do a deadlift again. I had take a MAJOR step back. I was afraid. I had made a mistake that cost me. I was scared to repeat it.
I’m willing to bet I am not the only one to have made a mistake before only to experience paralyzing fear afterward.
I struggled to believe in myself and I never wanted to feel that pain again. But, now I understand the significance of the setback. I took fear of something and turned it into a strength! And now I try to coach others the same way. Get it right first so that your mistakes are made early. It’s a lot better to make a 100lb mistake than a 450lb mistake. And a lot less painful.
So now it’s like, “Hey! Cool story Nick! Why should I care?”
Well here’s the deal, too often I see people come into a gym with fear in their eyes at the things that they see other people doing. They don’t take into account how long some of those people have been there and how much experience they may have. You know what that does? It clicks save on the “fear hard drive.” You’ve already told your brain you’re scared to do it because, and I’ve heard these exact words, “There’s no way I can be like that guy/girl over there.” With just that one thought, you shut the door and hid behind your wall. You have already planned to fail.
Look past that fear. The more fear we hold onto, the more we start to overthink some of the more difficult movements and lifts. The more we overthink, the less we get right. The less we get right, well you know where that goes. Our job as fitness professionals is to test your body. But ONLY at a capacity that you are READY for. It is our job to have a system to be able to tell just when that is. There will be things that your body isn’t used to that cause a road block or minor setback. Do we want that to happen? No, but we ready for it with plans of action to make adjustments as needed. Because that is what Fit To Hunt Coaches do. We will also ensure we break down those fears and keep you trekking toward your goals!
Road blocks happen. Some of these blocks are caused by our lack of experience, age, previous injuries, etc, and it doesn’t even have to pertain to a gym setting; fear can also derail a relationship, job or opportunity.
4 years ago, I would have to say my wall was damn near made entirely of titanium… and excuses. I had quit. I had made up my mind.
Deadlift? Bad. Mediocre Program where I just go through the motions? Good.
During that time I was more stuck than when I had 450lbs ½ way up my leg. I decided to stop staring at that wall. I decided to stop being friends with my fear. I didn’t jump over that wall and I didn’t go around it. I decided to break through my wall and I came out stronger on the other side.
What is on the other side of YOUR fear?
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!