My ‘life long goal’ was to deadlift 200kg. At the time I set the goal, it would have been a double bodyweight deadlift. The only issue was that I couldn't even get it off the floor, it literally wouldn't budge. 190kg? Sure, I pulled that several times when testing whether 200kg would evade me once again. It seemed as though nothing I did increased my ability to lift 200kg.
IT TOOK ME 3 YEARS. I tried different programs (powerlifting vs. bodybuilding, strength vs. hypertrophy), different exercises (focus on weakness or patterns), different countries, different gyms. Nothing seemed to matter. I still couldn't get 200kg.
3 months ago I finally pulled 200kg, which ended up being 2.27x bodyweight. I did it. I officially spent 3 years trying to add a measly 10kg to my deadlift. For what? I don't compete. It doesn't actually change anything. I'm still the same person I was before.
Because goals. Without something to look forward to, something to work towards, we’re a bit aimless. Being ‘aimless’ isn't good for progress. You see, I want to be the strongest version of myself, whatever that may be. I want to train because I practice what I preach. I want to experience what it takes, the journey to accomplish a goal like mine.
Goals aren’t meant to be easy. You’re not meant to make big changes, with little effort. It’s the hard work, determination and, sometimes, blood, sweat, and tears, that makes it all worthwhile.
No matter your goal, you have to work for it. At times, you’re going to be pushed past your limit, and that's okay, you’re meant to.
Consistency is key. You cant expect to work hard for three days to reach your goal. Keep your head down and keep pushing on.
Sacrifice. Not your first born, that's weird. But you’re likely going to have to make sacrifices to reach your goals.
If you only put forth the minimal effort, occasionally focus on the task at hand and are unwilling to make sacrifices, don't expect to reach your goal. IF you do reach your goal, it might not mean as much as you thought it would when you first started your journey.
Whether your goal is weight loss, increase strength and performance, recover from injury or even something non-training related, make it worth your while. Keep in mind, if you really want to achieve your goal, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
If you’re ready to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, let me know. I’d love to help you reach whatever your goals are. Click here to book a session.