To say this process has been a bag of mixed emotions is an understatement.
I’ve had days where I’m on top of the world and feel strong as heck…
And days where I feel like giving up completely.
I’ve been working out long enough to know that not every day in the gym is going to be a great one, but I found it more challenging knowing that I was preparing for a competition, and not just for my own health and fitness.
There was a killer day right after Thanksgiving where I pulled 250 like it was nothing.
The next week 235 felt like it was bolted to the floor.
As frustrating as some days can be, there are some great lessons that come from our struggles and challenges.
Life Lessons Learned in the Gym
Some of the biggest life lessons I’ve learned have come from the gym.
Like anything else, it doesn’t come easy. You have to push yourself and challenge your perceived limits.
You have to be dedicated, not just motivated. There will be many days that you don’t want to go to the gym, but you have to do it anyway.
You have to be consistent to see results. It’s not enough to just do it once in a while, or on and off as you wish. You have to put in the work several times a week, regularly.
Side note – you don’t have to workout every single day, but I do believe you should move your body every single day! Whether that’s a short walk or stretching/yoga session.
You have to consider the long term. Yes, you could take shortcuts or drastic measures to hit your goal fast…but it won’t last. It can even lead to detrimental effects. Consider the long term, and perform in accordance to that for the majority of the time. I know there will be times when you need to act on short-term goals that may conflict with long-term (example, this powerlifting meet – lifting crazy heavy all the time maybe isn’t ideal for long-term health and wellness).
Don’t quit. Things will get hard. You will want to give up, to say “Maybe this isn’t for me…”, to think what the heck am I even doing????
But don’t quit! Take each failure and learn from it, and try again. On the other side of the hurdle is your success, and you will only get there if you are persistent.
So now I am 2 days out from my first ever powerlifting meet.
I have weigh-ins tomorrow morning, and compete on Saturday, January 4.
I’m excited, scared, nervous, and proud of myself all at once. I feel like this day came pretty quickly, and I don’t really feel ready. But I think most of the time, none of us feel ready for the opportunities we encounter.
I’m going into this with the mindset that I will learn a TON, challenge myself in a new way, and come out of it better, stronger, and with a cool experience.