Sunday, August 10, 2014

Trusting the Process

We've all had those days.  We've let ourselves down.  Maybe we didn't perform as well as we wanted to.  Maybe that deadlift that was 20lbs under your PR felt like it was nailed to the floor.  Or maybe you just couldn't RX the weight today that was on the whiteboard.  Those days can really deflate us.  If we let them.

It's on those tough days that you've just got to push through the mental block.
Guess what?   Bad days happen to the best athletes and more often than we probably think, too.  But, what we sign up for is a process.  It's not going to happen overnight and it most certainly won't happen if you stop showing up or stop working those weaknesses.  We're not going to PR every week and maybe not even every month.

There will always be something just not quite right when you step in the gym.  Maybe you didn't sleep well that night or you've got a minor injury you are dealing with.  Maybe you made a bad food choice the night before and you are feeling sluggish.  Those aren't reasons to stay away from the gym.  They are reasons to push on.  If we used excuses like these to stay home, we would never reach our goals.

No one thinks less of you if you don't go as RX'd.  Not really.  They know what it's like to have off days.  What's important to them is your effort.  Everyone has their strengths and their weaknesses.  And everyone has bad days.  The one thing you should come to expect from one another is effort.  Put in the work.  Grind through the reps.  Trust the process.  Celebrate the victories and attack the weaknesses relentlessly.

One of the biggest reasons I like going to the gym is that the programming is done by someone else.  It's not for me to choose.  When I walk in there I'm going to do what's up on the board.  If it were up to me, I'd work on my strengths only and those movements that are difficult for me would remain that way.  That is not the path to success.

Gym owners and coaches don't program those workouts lightly or frivolously.  Many spend hours on the weekend working on it, tweaking it and even analyzing their athletes scores from previous workouts to attack the gym's weaknesses as a whole.  That's commendable.  For many, coaching isn't a job.  It's a career.  It's a passion.  And it's that coach's genuine interest in seeing growth in their athletes that keeps everyone moving forward.  But if you aren't there, it won't happen.  It's been said that you can't out train a bad diet.  But even the best diet won't help you reach your strength goals if you are inconsistent with showing up at the gym.

So the next time it's difficult to get out of bed or all those excuses start filling your head, remember that it's a process and it's not any one single day that gets you to your goals.  It's consistency and effort.  And getting yourself into the gym and focused on those most difficult of days will strengthen your resolve to keep at it.

What are you waiting for?  Get. In. There.