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You’ll Never Be Able To Do One If You Never Do One

So in my long and illustrious career as a fitness leader (I kid, I’ve only been at this for about five or six years) I’ve bumped into all sorts of people with varying attitudes on how they are going to or not going to accomplish something.

“Pick up that heavy thing and push it over your head,” I direct.

“Okay!” says the participant and grabs the said heavy thing with fervor and proceeds to push it over their head multiple times.  Or maybe it’s only once.  Doesn’t matter.  The point is they did it.

That’s not always how it goes, though.

“Pick up that heavy thing and push it over your head,” I direct.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” moans the participant.  “There is no way in Hell I’ll be able to do that!”  So, that person doesn’t.  And didn’t.

Was it Henry Ford who said “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right?”  Lemme Google that…… yep… according to the internet it’s true (and everything on the internet is true).

Many movements can be a challenge for people.  Some don’t like presses, some don’t like pushups, some don’t like squats.  And sometimes I get the excuse “I don’t have the strength to do that.  Those muscles are weak.”

Here’s a little tip;  those muscle ain’t gonna get any stronger by NOT using them.

Now I’m not saying that there won’t be some hesitation on a participants part about doing a movement they feel they can’t.  And I certainly don’t expect a person to knock out twenty kettlebell presses with a 16kg bell if they have never done one.  Baby steps, grasshopper.  Work up to it.  You CAN do it.

But, you’ll never be able to do one, if you never do one.