Inertia is the momentum pushing at your back. It’s the force keeping you going even after you planned on stopping. The whisper in your ear to add ten pounds. The image of progress, gorged thick with blood. It is the straining eyes staring back at you in the mirror. Fixated on the pain and hunger smeared across your face. It is the extra mile. The extra rep. The extra set. With every move it builds, Pushing you harder and faster. But how do you harness inertia? All you have to do is jump back to the beginning, and...
Welcome back and take a seat. You’ve been here before. But things didn’t end well, did they? Still, you’re back under again, Hungry for more. Lay back. Put yourself under the guillotine. Feel your lats fall off the edges. The top of your back dig into the foam. Pull your feet under you. Let the stretch of your quads and the arch of your back remind you where you are. Under the guillotine. Are you ready? Tighten your back, Prepare you mind. Welcome the cold metal back to the tips of your fingers. You roll the bar on...
Tell yourself you can't one more time.
Tell yourself it's too early.
Tell yourself you'll be better off doing it later.
That you're just not made out for it.
Are you done?
Now, swing your feet off the bed and stand up.
We've got work to do
Fear is the single most detrimental force to success. It will erode through dreams. It is the quiet whisper convincing you to only put in 80% because it might not work out. It keeps you in second. It holds your hand and guides you to stagnation. Fear is the breeder of doubt. Doubt in your cause, doubt in yourself. What if I don’t place? What if I can’t lift this much? What if I can’t keep up? Now, let me be blunt in relieving you of such fears and doubts. You are going to die someday. So the...
When I was young, I was once told that character is who you are when no one is looking, the decisions you make when you are alone. Little did I know at the time, this was the only thing you needed in order to be successful. If you compete, regardless of if it is Bodybuilding, CrossFit, Powerlifting, Triathlons or any other sport; your fans, critics, rivals and sponsors don’t blink when you perform. All focus is on you. But this is not where you win. You win during the other 97% of your existence. You get closer and...
Focus. Close your eyes. Rest the calm of your fingertips on the cold bar. Play the motion in your head as you duck under. Find that familiar spot, the line in the sand. Feel the metal sink into your traps and the stretch of your chest. Keep your eyes shut. Push up just enough to feel the bar bend but without lifting it off. Test it. Understand it. Now, throw yourself into the pit. Enter into the area of your mind that is dark. Focus now more than ever. Focus on when they said you wouldn’t make it. That...