Hey all, here is yet another excellent article written by Greg Nuckols from StrengthTheory.com, the original article can be read here. Greg is strength coach, writer, and elite drug-free powerlifter. Greg is great in converting scientific data to easy understandable articles, and has over a decade of experience under the bar. Besides this he is on his way to become the best coach and athlete possible. This is the second article of Greg posted here, the The Belt Bible – Greg Nuckols was the first and is about the effects, benefits and drawbacks of wearing a belt during training.
This article is about mental barriers and expectations, you limit yourself by having mental boundaries and limited expectations. If you do not believe that one day you will be able to squat let’s say 200kg, it will be a hard task to ever achieve it. To clear it up, our bodies are capable of so much more, then sitting behind a desk from nine to five. Our bodies are designed for hard physical labor, don’t be afraid to become strong!
Everyone knows the illustration of moving a goldfish to a larger and larger bowl. Keep it in a little bowl, and it will stay small. Move it to a larger bowl, and it will grow. Put it in a pond, and it will grow even more. You’re that fish, and your bowl is how wide you cast your gaze (metaphor time!). If you want to be the strongest guy in your gym, that’s great. Not a bad place to start, but also a pretty lousy end goal. Unless you train at Westside, Big Iron, Lexen, with the Russian or Norwegian national team, in the weightroom of a college or professional sports team, etc., being the strongest person in the gym is pretty meaningless. You’ve simply become the biggest fish in a tiny fish bowl.
People who follow my writing will recognize this as a variation on a theme I like to bring up fairly frequently: You limit yourself by having low expectations. To bring this full circle and to tie it back into the original metaphor: Throw yourself into the biggest ocean there is. You may never become the biggest fish, but only by venturing there do you find out just how large of a fish you can become.
I find this article spot on, this is what it is about, believe in yourself, believe in moving big weights. The sky is the limit!
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