Here’s a few tips to keep your ego in check, and your body healthy when training.
Don’t be in a rush
We’re so fixated on getting to our end goal that we try and skip as many steps as we can along the way. Not only is this going to lead to injury and burnout, you’re probably not going to become a better athlete in the process. Strength takes time. Work capacity takes time. Mobility takes time. You can’t rush it. You’ve just got to keep showing up and doing the same thing day in and day out.
Don’t be scared to take weight off
We’re constantly trying to lift too heavy. People don’t understand that just because you CAN lift it, it doesn’t mean you SHOULD. The body will find a way to get heavy weights up. We have a lot of strong footballers come through the gym that are tradies. They’re generally strong guys. They can pick up a heavy barbell from the floor. But should they? Sure they might be capable of getting a 200kg barbell to their hips, but if their back looks like a question mark and they don’t have the ability to brace or maintain tension through a lift then they shouldn’t be picking it up. I’d rather see them do 3 perfect reps at 110kg then a sloppy ass rep at 200. Someone that can squat ¼ bodyweight ass to grass, is much more impressive to me then someone that can squat double bodyweight but only move a few inches.
Be more excited about HOW you move than how MUCH you move
Similar to the point above. Focus on mechanics and movement technique before worrying about how much you move. Moving better is going to make you a better athlete and get your stronger in the long run and improve your sports performance. Lifting heavy weights for sloppy reps will get you injured. Focus on movement capacity before load.
Work on things you’re not good at
We’re all biased towards things we’re not great at. A lot of the time in the gym we see the strong get stronger and the endurance kings get better at endurance. This is the problem with writing your own program, you’re biased towards your strengths because it feels good to work on things you’re already good at. Eat some humble pie and start to work on your weaknesses, nobody cares how much you lift or how fast you are. Damn near everyone could spend more time stretching and working on their mobility. If you’re bad at something, you have the most room for growth, you see improvements faster and you’ll find it components your other physical abilities. It just takes a little work at the beginning and a drop in the old ego.