Yesterday was a testing day.
For one reason or another, I had taken everything personally and let the negativity of my thoughts weigh me down. It’s something that I think most of us go through on a regular basis;
- we have expectations that don’t get met and so we feel deflated,
- our buttons get pushed and we end up angry or frustrated,
- we break one of our own “codes of conduct” and as a result feel guilt or regret,
- and the list goes on…
This afternoon I started on my workout as usual, but I noticed a lack of self-belief that’s normally always there. When I train I feel 110% as I head into the gym… but today I felt massive doubt – probably because I knew I was about to compete with my personal best that I set the last time I trained.
Working up to the 308lbs that I set a couple of days before, I knew something was wrong. It all felt a lot heavier than usual. But I soldiered on until finally, on my fourth set, I managed to lift the 308lbs for 5 reps, quite clumsily, before setting it down and feeling completely wiped out.
A previous hamstring injury started to niggle, it felt like I’d just ripped my palms off and my lower back was stiff as hell. This wasn’t the case the last time I trained and the run up had been almost identical.
I’d had two days of rest which seems reasonable when you take into account that I’m sat in a chair for most of the day, with excellent access to all the right nutrition and also great hydration. The only thing I didn’t do properly those two days was control my thoughts and emotions.
I needed some kind of explanation for what had happened, so I hopped on to Facebook chat (which doesn’t really work very well, by the way) with a girl that clearly knows what she’s doing. Trish Houston was kind enough to go through some possibilities with me until she confirmed my suspicions that it was in fact the negativity I’d built up from the day before.
After our conversation, I remembered what Deepak Chopra had said about the scientific evidence supporting the concept that our thoughts and emotions were partially responsible for the state of our nervous system. In order to recover quickly from an intense workout, we need strong nervous systems. If we don’t have this recovery will no doubt be delayed and our performance in the gym will suffer as a result.
So there you have it – negativity killed my workout. So what does this mean for you?
Well, clearly you can see how destructive these kind of thoughts and emotions can be for your training. If you’re dedicated and serious about progressing in bodybuilding/body sculpting, then you need to be careful about the kinds of things you let yourself believe about the situations that arise around you.
We actually don’t need to get ourselves worked up over anything. A great author and public speaker that I respect once said:
Because of the space between stimulus and response, people have the power of choice; therefore, leaders are neither born nor made
I firmly believe in this.
Try to make the best choice when challenges arise that may cause you to become destructive. Your months and years of training depend on you being able to progress to the next level.
Here’s to your success!