Screwing up is one of the best ways to learn. It’s a simple as that. Kids do it all the time, but somewhere along the line, we end up being scared of making mistakes. Of “failing”.
First of all, making a mistake is not failing. Making the same mistake over and over could be considered failing, but making one and learning from it is considered getting smarter.
Also, preparing yourself for the inevitable mistake, will no doubt help you cope with it. Visualization can help you out here.
Learning to let it slip when you make a mistake is as hard as forming any other habit, but it’s one that’ll be of enormous benefit to you.
The point is not, to not care whether you screw up or not, the point is that mistakes do happen – sometimes because of external factors, sometimes because of internal factors. As Rocky said “it’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”.
Personally I’m always learning, and always making mistakes. Don’t be afraid of either.
Having covered two major areas for training success in the first posts on the blog, it’s time to take a look at something more indirect. For most people, some of the points in this post will actually lead them directly to crossing some of the earlier points off their training bucket list.
Physical education does not have to be a long lonely road and though you have to actually put in the time and effort yourself – having likeminded people around you is a huge boost.
Don’t worry about the little things, worry about this instead:
- Find a training partner. Motivation, competition and support all in one what’s not to like?
- Train at a smaller local gym. Most often you’ll get better gear as well as more dedicated people. The social aspect of this is huge, as you’ll pretty much always have competent spotters and pleasant conversation around you. If you start talking to people at most commercial gyms (or God forbid – actually train) people will stare at you like you’re some kind of freak. While that may be fun once or twice, it’ll get boring fast.
- Be a good spotter. Pay attention and make sure to ask the right questions beforehand (how many reps? Is this a max lift? Do you wanted forced reps if you fail? etc etc)
- Be a good training partner. Know the people around you and what cues work for them. Good training partners give cues, bad training partners turn into cheerleaders. Of course there’s a time for just screaming at people but nine times out of ten the right cue is much better.
- Be a good friend/person at the gym. Thank people that help you out. Help steer your juniors in the right direction (this blog) and give good positive feedback on lifts. BUT!!! (this is very important): don’t give feedback unless asked for it, don’t pester people with your “insights” on training unless they share your interest and don’t correct random people.
- Compete. Sign up for some kind of competition. Anything really. Powerlifting, weightlifting, crossfit, bodybuilding or a local run. Having a goal in your training is extremely valuable.
- Wish your friends luck when they compete. It only takes a minute and it means the world to them. Put a smile on their faces and let them know you care.
- Clean up after you. Why this is even an issue is beyond me, but it is. Grow the hell up.
- Limit your workouts to 45-60 minutes for a set period of time (two weeks maybe). This will force you to: focus on the important lifts, cut down on rest and chatter and just get shit done. Brief intense workouts leave you with an amazing endorphine rush combined with a feeling of efficiency. Capitalize on this and be more productive for the rest of the day.
- Train at a different gym with different people every so often. Getting out of the comfort zone is good and you might even make a few friends along the way.
On that note, have a great weekend.
Here’s a quick picture of my view right now. Copenhagen love <3