Do you ever feel like you’re so strong that, you know, you think you can lift a monument… hey, maybe one day!
But actually, it could be possible. Strength is all in your mind. Apparently, the thing that stops you from lifting heavier weights isn’t your ability to do so, but your brain’s incapability of believing that you are as strong as your body was designed for.
Did you know that chimps are as much as 4x stronger than humans?
Excuse me, what?
Yeah.. so apparently our nervous systems exert more control over our muscles. In other words, chimps go bananas while we only have the ability to go, well 1/4 of that.
We have superpowers that we aren’t even aware of, and it’s superstrength, but our brain blocks it out to conserve energy.
Except, maybe it’s for our own good. We don’t need to be lifting such heavy weights in order to feel strong. Our bodies are just protecting us from injuries that usually come along with lifting more than we can withstand (momentarily).
So, maybe now you’re thinking “I want to be as strong as a chimp – let’s see how much heavier I can lift than any other human has done before (6,270lb backlift). But be aware that your brain is telling your body “ok enough is enough”. Listen to your body to avoid injuries – and remember, strength isn’t just about lifting the heaviest objects!
Recently, there’s no time to take pics at the gym because I’m too busy getting the grind on. Except, am I grinding a little bit too hard? Overtraining, as much as we all hate to see it, is very much a thing. Progress takes time and dedication, and you (or I) won’t see change in a day. Busting your ass at the gym for 3 hours a day isn’t as effective as you think. Overtraining can actually cause halted progress . According to Muscle Model champion and transformation trainer Micah LaCerte, “When you’re overtraining, your body is going in the opposite direction of growth, because your muscles are torn and all you’re doing is re-tearing them again“. Easy enough to understand, right? So, get your grind on – but take it easy sometimes too. Training is good for your body, but there are alternatives to consistently putting tremendous stress on your body – like implementing more low intensity exercises into your routine.
Think about your favorite spot in the whole entire world. This could be an island on the Bahamas, a ski mountain in Vermont, a little village in Eastern Europe, a swing in your backyard, your school library – any place in the world (I just named a few of mine). Now, picture yourself in that place, and think about the comfort and gratification you feel tingling throughout your entire body when you are present at this exact spot. Now that you’ve got all the hard stuff out of the way, take this spot with you to a place that challenges you to doubt your reality. Sounds kinda impossible – right? Wrong. If you can take with you the feeling you get when you are in your favorite spot or in a peaceful, crazy, lively environment that soothes you (whatever your flavor), you can enjoy just about anything. And that includes the most dreadful spots in the entire world – the doctor’s office, a steaming, hot desert, your 9-5 job, and most specifically, THE GYM. If you can create a habit of making the gym your zen spot, or your favorite spot in the whole entire world (just by transferring your feelings), you will slowly, but surely come to realize it has its own comfort and gratification, and you will love it just as much (or maybe even more) than any other spot in the world.