I was chopping some wood in the backyard over the weekend and started thinking about how the number messes with us. I'm grabbing these rounds, all different shapes and sizes trying to figure out if I can lift them or not. I realized, I attempted every one, not knowing what they weighed.
In the gym, we go in and we lift what we think we can do. What we've lifted before. We lift within that comfort zone. But what if the weights didn't have numbers? Would you keep pushing the limit and keep challenging yourself until you reached your full potential? I think a lot of us are bound by these numbers. We see the guy next to us lifting 3 plates, he's about the same size so I should be able to lift that much. We sacrifice form, we get disappointed in ourselves, we lose motivation or make excuses.
I walk into the gym every day, stoked to lift. I'm excited to see how I can challenge myself, how I can better sculpt my physique. I want to improve and get better but that isn't always quantified in a number on a plate. I don't want to be driven by adding 5 more lbs to my bench each week. I want to escape that comfort zone entirely. I lift by FEEL and not by the numbers.
I don't want to dog on any method of strength training, just like I don't want to be criticized for what I'm doing. I lift the way I do because it works for me and it makes me happy. But think about it next time you're in the gym: what if there were no numbers printed on the plates? Would it change the way you lift? Would you still find purpose in the gym?
By the way... the cypress round I was holding was about 7 million pounds.. not that it matters 🤗
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