It Doesn’t Matter What I Believe
A couple of weeks ago, I was training a college athlete.
It was a hot as blazes type of day and we were under the gun as he had a tight timeline to achieve what he wanted to do before he reported for training camp.
Knowing what he wanted to bench press, I put a plan together around that number as a part of his overall training program.
And a part of that was making sure that he mentally knew what it felt like to hold that type of weight.
I had him set up for a modified repetition with a high perceived weight.
He looked at me and said, ‘Do you really think I can do this?’
To which I replied, ‘Yes, I do, otherwise I wouldn’t have that weight on the bar. But it doesn’t matter if I think you can do it, it only matters if you think you can do it.’
It did matter that I thought he could do it, which was lesson number one. I gave him a boost of confidence with my belief in him.
But ultimately, he had to believe he could move the weight.
He did a rep, then we increased the range of motion for his next set, and bam, did it again.
The human mind is amazing. You may or may not know, but up until Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mile barrier, everyone thought it was impossible, that your heart would explode if you were to attempt it.
The funny thing is, once Bannister broke the 4 minute mark, the next year, I believe 50-something other people did the same thing, because now they believed it was possible.
You take the lesson from here and think it over for a day.
Be Unconventional - Kyle Newell
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