After a weekend off from the business of work and life, I’m sure a lot of us need some Monday Motivation. I had a great weekend spent with friends and family. Friday, I went down to West Chester & celebrated my old college roomies birthday with dinner. Saturday, I completed the Wodapalooza qualifier workouts, we had a running seminar at CF Q, and then I went down to CrossFit Explode for saturday night team training with my badass fit friends. Sunday, I enjoyed a lazy day with my boyfriend, grocery shopped, and ended the weekend with my favorite treat: OWowCow ice cream! It was a great weekend! BUT, it’s back to the grind. Monday’s are my busiest day of the week but I woke up with nothing but positive vibes and I’m ready to tackle today & this week!
As I was reflecting over the weekend and the first week of the Wodapalooza qualifier workouts, I realized something.
You are only as strong as you THINK you are. I am only as strong as I THINK I am.
“We only have the physical capacity to be as strong as we mentally think we are."
This is SO TRUE. I see so many women (and even men too, but specifically women) in the gym who don’t know their own strength, fear a heavy barbell, or just don’t think they are capable of lifting the heavy weights. As a coach, I see my athletes regularly. I know how they move a barbell. I see and assess their form daily. I monitor their weights during a strength cycle. Often times, some of these athletes (some who have been coming for 2 years now) are still using the same weights.. using 55-65lbs in their workouts but never any more. But that weight is EASY. They move it effortlessly. I can tell that it isn’t heavy for them. But that weight is comfortable. That weight is safe. That weight is familiar.
BUT, as a coach, I see and I KNOW they are capable of more. They ARE stronger than they think they are. Luckily, it’s my job to train them every day. So, I give them a little extra push. If they are going to try and scale their weight down for a workout where I know they are capable of more, I give them that push to lift a little more, do a couple extra reps, and hold themselves to a higher standard.
One of my athletes is guilty of the above. She approached a partner workout and was wanting to scale the weights down to her normal 65# barbell. The workout called for 95# thrusters and 105# power cleans. Her partner wanted to use the RX weights. So we pushed her to try the RX weights. She CRUSHED the workout. Her form was perfect. The barbell looked light. She moved with purpose and determination and strength. And after it was over, she left the gym with the biggest smile on her face. She was so happy that she was did so well with those heavier weights. And so was I. I knew what she was capable of but she didn’t believe in herself. She didn’t know her own strength. She feared the heavy barbell. But since then, she’s been increasing her weights, lifting more, and still crushing the workouts. This has been so awesome to see.
As for myself, I know I have been feeling like my lifts have been pretty average. I often cut myself off at a certain weight (depending on the lift) because I feel that I am only capable of that much. For the 6RM bear complex, I was nervous. I didn’t think that I would be able to handle anything over 115lbs. I practiced stayed positive and believing in myself. I crushed 125lbs. At about rep 4, my mind started telling me that it was too heavy, I couldn’t finish, I needed to drop the bar. But I pushed those negatives thoughts aside. I knew I was stronger than I wanted to believe. Same thing happened Saturday night at team training. We had a workout with 10-1 of heavyish power snatches. I normally baby myself and would cycle that weight in sets of 2-3 or even singles. I was nervous but I approached that barbell without fear after a mental pep talk. I was hitting sets of 5+ in the beginning and never went below a set of 3. I couldn’t stop smiling afterwards. I AM stronger than I think I am some days. Sometimes, I have to push myself to add a few pounds when I am maxing out a complex or a lift. I push myself to use the RX or RX+ weights even if they seem scary. Sometimes, you surprise yourself and this leads to those PRs!
The point is, we have to believe in ourselves. We have to put pressure on ourselves. Convince your mind that you are capable of more, that you CAN lift that weight, that you will crush that heavy barbell. If we approach the bar in fear or with doubt, we won’t get that PR or hit that weight. Your mind and perspective play a huge role.
Now, it’s your turn. Go up to the barbell with determination, positivity, drive. Be fearless. Believe in yourself. Vision yourself lifting that weight. Your mind and your body work together. You ARE stronger than you think.
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