“You Limit Yourself to Low Expectations.”

You might know someone in your gym who seems really strong because he or she can move tons of weight. You tell yourself that you want to be as strong, but according to Greg Knuckles, that will hold you back. When you take a narrow look, you limit how strong you can become.

Knuckols, founder of Strengtheory , a strength and strength training resource, uses the fish pond metaphor: if you’re the strongest person in the gym, you’re a big fish in a small pond. If you really want to know “strong” , you need to swim across to the largest pond in the world. Or contact the world’s strongest lifters.

Of course, this is a harsh dose of reality – that you are not as “good” or “strong” as you thought – but it is also deeply motivating and demeaning.

I agree with Nichols’ opinion because lifting weights to get stronger and stronger is pretty much a mental game. Once you get past the beginner’s successes – those quick gains in strength and muscle in the beginning – you’ll have to work even harder to keep making progress . To do this, you must overcome mental barriers and discard the idea that you are already very strong.

You limit yourself to low expectations. To bring this full circle back to the original metaphor: Throw yourself into the largest ocean ever. You may never be the biggest fish, but it’s only by venturing there that you will know how big of fish you can become.

In fitness, it’s easy to get complacent and mindlessly move through the movements. But when you aim high, knowing that there is an opportunity to eventually get closer to your goal, you can push yourself into training for years to come.

“Strong” is determined by the size of your pond | Strengthheory


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