So I made it back into the gym today, it wasn’t my gym but DrM belongs to a gym that you can do a pay by session for so I trotted off there. It doesn’t have the strongman equipment but it does have a squat rack, power rack, bench etc. It all felt a bit meh which I think was because I was trying to catch up on podcasts whilst training. Yes, yes I know woman are suppose to be able to multi-task but not when it comes to training! Soon as I switched to music (first track Linkin Park – Crawling. Oh yeah) everything seemed to slot back into place. You know that feeling when the beat kicks in and the weight is coming up and the smile is starting to play on your lips cos you are going to win against the weight today? It’s the cheapest (and legal) high I know.
Note to self is I have to start doing conditioning at the end of every session especially if the session doesn’t contain any specific strongman event training.
After yesterdays blog post about putting the gym off until tomorrow I did want to say something about not putting things off. A twitter friend who powerlifts wrote a great piece today
Another twitter friend has expressed interest in going to one of the S&C classes I attend, I say come along it will be fun but she claims she wants to build her strength before coming to the class as she doesn’t want to be the weakest.
If a class is good, if a coach is good, they will make all abilities welcome, they will make all activities accessible. You should never put off wanting to lift (whether that be powerlifting, strongwoman or just plain BodyPump) for fear of not being fit enough or not being strong enough.
In fact a good reason to train in a group or with another person is you will probably lift heavier quicker. Everytime a little voice in your head goes “that’s waayyyyy to heavy for you to lift” another voice in the group will say that you will smash that weight with ease, and then they will cheer when you do it. It’s like the placebo effect with weights.
If the gym you go to doesn’t have the lifting you want to do then change gyms, there are 100s of gyms out there that might not have free fluffy towels or their name on water bottles but they will have power racks, olympic bars and knowledgeable trainers.
Don’t spend time putting off lifting for fear of you are not going to be good enough, because you are good enough but do you know how you actually get stronger? By turning up. Words don’t make you physically strong, actions combined with heavy weights do. Please don’t wait for tomorrow when you could be experiencing the joy of lifting heavy today.