Whether you are a Powerlifter, Weightlifter, Strongman, Bodybuilder or Marathon runner we all have our versions of being active. That’s not to say that you are right or wrong and it’s also not to say that anyone else who has a different opinion to you as to what fit is to them, is right or wrong.
Some thing being able to put the most amount of weight on a Barbell is being the most important thing in our training, while others choose a Log. Some choose to swing on bars while others swim in lakes. It really comes down to your own personal preference and I love that. Everybody doing their own thing and getting good at it. But some people tend to see their love as the only love they will ever have.
There’s nothing wrong with doing what you’re good at and even better if you enjoy it and are a part of a community. However I think that we can all agree on one thing. That in any sport, no matter what, you will find someone who thinks that their sport/activity of choice is the best and only way it should be done.
Well you my friend are the person who most likely has either tried something once, you were quite bad at it then never returned, or even worse never tried anything else.
The sad thing is that people who sit in their own little bubble of comfort will yes probably get quite good at their chosen sport/activity but I can GUARANTEE you will see PB’s if your broaden your horizon. Whether that be in the training activities you do, nutritional habits or your approach to rest/recovery.
You see, what I’m getting at here is the people who are getting in their own way of success and are either too proud or ignorant to say “Yeah, there are somethings that I don’t know and I want to learn to improve myself”. I mean why would you do that!!
Now if you’re reading this and you are someone who does experiment with different training approaches, dabble with nutritional experimentation and change how you rest/train to see what happens then I congratulate you my friend as your are the person that makes progress and if you don’t? You try something else or have the determination to try again but a little harder, ask for advise and LISTEN!
So well done you!
If you are someone who doesn’t do that however, then Maybe take a look at the people who are progressing faster than yourself? The only thing that can happen is you learn something and yeah, it might not work for you this time around but who knows. In 5, 10, 20 years time you could really do with that knowledge. You could also earn something that you could pass on to them after trying it out for yourself, again further improving yourself and others around you.
So if there’s one take home message from all of that it would be this…
Try new things, ask questions and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Both for progression of your chosen activity/sport but more importantly to experience new things and to have fun along the way.
Ask questions from experienced people and get excited about the fact that you can progress in massive leaps, simply by applying a little new found knowledge into your journey.