Last week, I finally hit a strength milestone by pulling a 405-lb deadlift for a single. It’s nothing to brag about, but shit, I weighed in at 162 that day so that’s got to count for something, right?
I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there who can deadlift more than me at this weight, but it’s a feat I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. It was a goal I wanted to accomplish before the summer of 2013, and I finally reached it.
What makes it even more special (for me at least) is the fact that I did it while in a calorie deficit. Since I’m currently trying to cut some weight, my food intake is slightly lower than usual. In other words, my energy levels have been significantly different.
Why did I want to attempt to set a new PR then? To be honest, I have no idea. My warm-up sets just felt too good to not go for a new record. I actually regret only going for 405 because I think I could have pulled more weight.
Anyway, the reason why I even bother to write about this is to share with you how important it is to be focused on your workouts and to be mentally strong every single time you’re at the gym. The moment I was standing over the 405-lb bar, my mind was racing with the million reasons why I wouldn’t be able to pull it off the ground. But in the back of my mind, none of those reasons would matter. I told myself first of all to shut the hell up, and that I was going to pull THAT weight on THAT day no matter what.
The point of my story: you have to be mentally strong at all times because it vastly affects physical performance, and pretty much every other aspect of your life. Even if you’re physically strong, what matters most is your mental, emotional, and spiritual toughness. And what I learned that day was that every one of those elements have to be in synergy in order to accomplish a feat like that.
If my mind and spirit didn’t think that I would be able to pull that weight off the floor, it would not have happened.
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