The road to success is rarely smooth. If we define ‘success’ as progressively lifting heavier weights then this is certainly not always straight forward!
It’s worth remembering this drawing when we think of training; my coach talked about this using a similar drawing.
We would all like progress to be linear; to get stronger and stronger each session. However, that is not realistic because things can get in the way.
We might get ill, have life stressors, not enough sleep, poor diet, or our technique needs improvement. It could be any number of things.
There will be blips, dips, and failed reps. BUT it is exactly at these times that the potential for growth is greatest because no one really questions when things go well; it’s when they don’t that there becomes an opportunity for learning.
If we can learn from what has not gone well then we can take this information forward and try to correct our mistakes. If we can push through the tough patches without giving up then this will strengthen our mental resilience when we’re faced with challenges in the future.
The week in weights – highlights
- Front squat PR at 114lbs
- Decline bench form – massive improvement
- Back squat PR at 140lbs – 8lb PR from October
- Paused bench – form better but bar path still needs work
Don’t get me wrong, I am pleased with the PRs, but what has made me happiest has been the improvement in my form.
My front squat felt much easier this week. There was much less rounding in my back and I came up much stronger. My decline bench also felt great compared to last week, again due to my form.
Bench has been my stumbling block for a long time, even before I started training for the meet. I was frustrated and questioned whether I’d ever been able to ‘get it’.
My coach helped identify the issues and I went away to research how I could resolve these problems.
I watched Dave Tate’s video series ‘So you think you can bench?’ again to try and get a handle on what was going wrong. Things finally started to click and it has made so much difference.
You can watch the comparison videos here:
- Rule out factors which might be hampering your progress – diet, supplements, sleep, technique
- Educate yourself by watching/getting advice from more experienced lifters; I don’t train in a gym so I rely on Youtube
- To quote Winston Churchill ” Never never never give up”
- Rinse and repeat!