Pumped Up Down…
Last week, I walked into the gym ready to rock. It was leg day and I had myself all psyched up. See, it’s not that I like squats. In fact, I’m usually cursing my way through them, but I love the way they make me feel when I’m done. I feel strong, and I feel powerful.
I got myself warmed up, did some mobility exercises to prepare my body to squat heavy, grabbed my barbell, claimed my favorite spot at the rack and was ready to go.
I set up for my first set of overhead squats. I pressed the bar up overhead, and began to squat. Then it hit me. This terrible pinching in my right shoulder. I had a hard time bringing the weight back down to my shoulders to rack the bar. My back was arching and I was losing control of my form, compromising my body.
So I moved onto the next exercise: the front squat. These were alright, and I managed to make it through the whole set. I started to feel a little better. But there again, as soon as I set up for that back squat, was that pinching in my shoulder!
No Pain, No Gain. Not True!
That old saying, “no pain, no gain” is not a universal truth. There are certain types of pain you should just not experience during exercise, and pinching is one of them! I’m not an elite athlete; I’m not training for a competition; I’m just a girl looking to get strong.
The point is, I have nothing to gain pushing through that pain. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth the risk. I know that. Psychologically though, it was a hit. My workout was not invigorating. It didn’t make me feel strong, or powerful. I didn’t leave the gym with leaps and bounds of energy, ready to take on the world. I left the gym feeling MEH at best.
Good found in the Meh
Here’s the good news: that’s OK. Making it to your workout, and even going through the motions of it is good for a lot of things. Any movement you do has value for your body. The habit you are forming by showing up adds value to your life. The mental skills you develop handling the ups, the downs and everything in between makes you a stronger person.
It’s cliché as it gets, but tomorrow is another day, and another opportunity! This is your life. It’s more than just one workout.
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