I’m the smallest guy in the room.
The letters in bold are something I have faced my entire life. In fact, I’ve been my biggest enemy ever since I could remember, up until now.
Recently I started working out with one of the worlds strongest men and a few other co-workers.
Here I am, 165 pound 5 foot 6 Marine who thought he was strong because I’ve been through one crazy life. Then I see Zach Hadge , a 6 foot, 245-pound mini-hulk, move plates on the squat rack like he was leg pressing the earth. (oh-oh) What was I in for?
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As intimidating as it was training with Zach at first, it did not take long for me to understand the methods behind his madness.
Do the least amount of work necessary to get the desired result
Whether lifting, conditioning or dieting, finding the minimum effective dose is the key to untapped results.
If you can get stronger from doing 4 sets, why do 6? Regardless of where you sit on the strength curve, your strength will eventually cease to yield results and you’ll have to adapt and adjust. Instead of going all out, treat every set with intent, and little increases will set you up for long-term success.
There are many ways to PR
You don’t always have to strive for the heaviest lift when you enter the gym in order to get a personal record.
You can choose to do the same amount of weight with more reps, move the same weight at a faster speed, or you can feel and move better. The choices are limited. But once you wrap your head around other ways to set progress, you open up an unlocked potential for strength.
You don’t have to do this
In order to excel at anything difficult in life, you actually have to want to do it. I mean, you need to really enjoy the process of being in pain and torture.You have to accept defeat, study your approach, and you have to learn to be uncomfortable. If you can’t do these things, getting great results is not for you.
Training with Zach is awesome! The camaraderie, coaching, and ball busting are as fun as it gets, as it’s hard to find this type of environment in everyday life.
However, you don’t have to be shaped like Hulk or be the world’s strongest man to tap into your potential.
So what can you to not be your worst enemy?
The fact of the matter is that most people don’t have the willpower or emotional investment to do what it takes to get ahead in life.
They are timid, worried, not committed to anything, and could care less about getting to the next level. Being great isn’t for everyone. And that’s perfectly fine if you are comfortable with being average.
If you are looking to get ahead in life, then you must learn to recognize that many of the things that make or break success come from within.
Learn to recognize those thoughts, accept who you are as a person, and start living in a world of gratitude rather than a world of worries and life will start to shape up.