"Pain is the voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue, you will change." @pdeliverance
75 v ups
DB strict press 60lb x 3 x 3, 7 x 2
DB push press 75lb x 2 x 1
Yesterday my 16 month old son walked downstairs for the first time. We have been trying to teach him to go down backwards on his stomach, but he refuses to. He wants to go down standing up like his big sister.
So he was at the top of the stairs and he put his hand on the wall (too small to grab the rail) and slowly slid his left foot over the edge of the step. Then he pulled his right foot down and sat on the step. Took a breath, stood up and did it again. And again, and again, and again. Each step a unique achievement. Lots of wobbling, lots of hesitating, and it took forever. But he just set his mind to it and got it done.
It reminded me about some of the athletic barriers we put up for ourselves as adults. Walking down the steps for the first time was a big achievement for Ben. But when he got to the bottom, he just ran off to play. He didn't care what anyone else thought of him. He didn't worry that he might not be able to do it, or he might fall, or he might fail, or he might look stupid. He also didn't worry if he was wearing the right clothes, or if he had picked the correct stairs to walk down and tapered correctly for the attempt. He didn't worry that he didn't follow the proper training plan as described in two different "Stair climbing" magazines. He didn't search the internet for proper stair descent form. He just tried it, and got it done.
There is often so much hesitancy and doubt when it comes to adults trying new things. Be it running, showing up at a spin class, trying a new gym, swimming, etc. We can get so focused on not "looking stupid" and "doing it right" that we miss out on a lot of cool stuff. Remember that every person who you are afraid will think you look like an idiot was in the same position themselves when they first tried. You never learn to do anything worthwhile without making a few mistakes along the way.
Train and play with a child's mind. It's a lesson we can all learn.
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