A #winningwednesday followed by a #failurefriday for good measure. 4-rep PR on bench press, a solid double set of deadlifts at 260 lbs, and a sad, sad squat. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Strength training isn’t always full of Ws. This is the first time in a while I’ve failed a squat, and I certainly felt crestfallen, but I quickly snapped out of it. Here are my tips for dealing with failure (in and out of the weight room): •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Focus on the positives: can any part of your failure be seen as a win? Progress is progress, no matter how slow. Before this fail, I actually completed one rep - though I may have been aiming for 2, it was still the most I’ve ever had on my back outside of a max attempt. I broke the 200 lb mark and squatted to full depth. So really, with a little shift in perspective, it’s safe to say I’m still progressing. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Remember: if you don’t fall down, you’re not challenging yourself enough (mama @siedlers always reminded me of this on our days on the slopes 🎿⛷). Failure breeds growth breeds future success. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Identify what might have gone wrong, and resolve it. My sleep, stress, and nutrition have been stellar this week. But I scheduled my squat day just 48 hours after deadlifting close to my max, and I could tell my posterior chain wasn’t fully recovered. Next week, I’ll make sure I’ve had enough time to be completely fresh and ready to crush it.