Mentality is the hardest factor I think people face when it comes to achieving their goals. People who understand the gym will know that the most difficult thing about lifting a weight is not your physical capability but your mental mind set. All of us live our lives and the most physical thing we have is our feelings, we decide to go to the gym for a reason and this reason is our deepest motivation.
From going gym to impressing girls or to prove something to ourselves we all have our reasons and this reason makes us go to the gym, makes us run on the treadmill for half an hour or train our arms 3 times a week. When a weight feels heavy after 10 reps it is our mind that tells us we have done enough and to give up, at this moment you are doing that debate in your head ‘could I have done more?’. The answer is always yes you can always do more you’re physical capabilities are beyond imagination it’s the people who fight the voice in the head and push themselves everyday who achieve there goals. From the age of about 15 I stopped taking pre-workouts and use to watch motivational videos on you tube, followed all these channels to help me. I would be cycling to the gym, walking to the gym or just sat in the changing rooms with my head glued to my phone listening to the words, memorising them and repeating it all back to myself. My head was a roller coaster of quotes and inspiration; I needed nothing else to get my focus in the gym. One thing this has taught me is that you can’t let opinions or reality affect your thoughts. Anything is possible you as a person can do anything you want all you have to do is change something. This is so important when it comes to the gym. I have shoulder pressed 38 kg at the age of 16 and dumbbell pressed 36 KG at the age of 15 because I believed I could.
Every client I have ever had will look at me like I am crazy when I say ’50 reps’ or hold that for 3 minutes. The simple fact is you can do it the only thing that’s stopping you is you. The little things in the gym like going on your phone or talking to people for 10 minutes are the thing that put me off, there is nothing wrong with saying hello or replying to a text quick but there is a time and a place. As soon as you step into that gym environment nothing should effect you the only thing on your mind should be doing more ,should be putting that weight up, it should be thinking that your about to do something you’ve never done before. If you don’t go to the gym to better yourself what do you go for?
Having a strong mindset is so important, obviously its important in the gym to train harder but what about when you are outside the gym getting bored watching a film or when you are at work and have no lunch. This is when mentality is everything you need to be strong enough to resist that bar of chocolate or that burger and swap it for that chicken or nuts.
You should never go to the gym to compete with who can lift more it’s about bettering yourself, compete against you. Change your mind and it will change your life.
Work your mind