First muscle up. First Pullup. First handstand. Being able to walk on your hands. Snatch PR’s. Clean & Jerk PR’s. The list goes on, but those are some big ones.
From time to time I hear “I’ve just hit a wall” with progress.
Think of the 100m dash at the Olympics. 100 years ago surfaces were different, training programs were WAY different, much less emphasis and understanding on technique.
Usain Bolt shook up track & field, but up until he came around knocking a tenth of a second off the 100m WR was unheard of.
Anyway- my point is that very few people on earth are that close to their genetic potential in ANYTHING.
So when you impose a ceiling or a wall on yourself on a movement that 30% of the people in the gym can do- is there really a wall? Or is it in your mind?
If you answered “Jay….. YES it’s really there”
Is it? Can you touch it?
Can someone else see it?
My job is to take you outside of your comfort zone. To realize that you put limits on yourself. I think I’m pretty good at it…. but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen to me too.
A little story from 2011.
Weightlifting is a part of CrossFit that I have really taken to. I started to get pretty good at the lifts (snatch, clean & jerk) and really enjoyed training them. I LOVED when they came up in competitions.
There was something about that number.
Made what? who cares?
Can you start to see the narrative building?
July 2011 I attempted a 300lb clean for the first time. I actually racked it in the bottom of the squat that very first day, but couldn’t stand up. I had a 300+ lb front squat, but not by much. The timing would need to be perfect.
Over the next 7 months I did not have 1 single clean PR. I racked 300lbs at least 40 times. Never could I stand it up.
In January, I finally did. Within weeks I had successfully lifted 305, 310, 315 and then by summer time 325.
I fell victim to my own mind. I let doubts creep in (am I even SUPPOSED to be able to do this!?).
I get it.
But really what is the significance of 300lbs? Nothing.
What’s a pullup?
Do you struggle with these? Let’s spend 5 minutes together- say them out loud to me. I’ll straighten you out.