Focus on your training and nobody else’s, and improve on what you can do in the gym.
As we are so constantly inundated with pictures and videos of people performing herculean demonstrations of strength, or with a body that appears to have the things ours does not, it can easy to not feel ‘good enough’ , or like you should push yourself further than sensible in order to keep up.
Here are some of my thoughts on the matter.
As social animals, from time to time, perhaps we will feel the need to conform to certain ideals the world of fitness presents to us, such as squatting all the way down (ass to grass) or deadlifting from the ground up (which for many will simply be too much of a risk/reward scenario.
I urge you to work with your own body and its limits. Find out the ranges of motion you can move comfortably in (without joint pain or discomfort, and base your workouts around progressing in these ranges. You will then become a stronger and fitter version of you.
Learning to work with your body means doing what it can do, not what you want it to do. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push yourself. I get my results with clients by focusing on getting stronger and going balls to the wall when it’s appropriate, but in a safe way using lifts they can control.
Exercise modification is a must for most of us in some lifts.
Find the variation of squat, deadlift, lunge, pull, push that best suits your ability and focus on getting better at it. That might mean more reps, more sets, increasing weight, reducing rest time or slowing the movement down to induce more ‘burn’ and time under tension.
There are a million ways you can progress safely…
We are all built differently. Some peoples limbs are built in such a way that makes it easy for them to perform ranges of motion that for others will be flat out dangerous. By focusing on yourself and what your body can do, you can make amazing progress.
I spoke with a client the other day who told me his 92-year-old mother improved her strength massively by doing lots of tiny squats (literally braking at the hips) this was enough to strengthen her legs and make tasks around the house a lot easier. If she tried to go ass to grass because so and so fitness professional told her she needed too she might quite literally end up in hospital.
So the lesson. Focus on your own progress.
Your body is a marvelous machine.
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