I love that practical fitness is gaining the attention it deserves. Being able to squat, hoist, run, and jump are awesome. Even more than that, it’s useful. Gone are the days where 30 minutes of cardio, curls, and half push-ups is considered a solid workout. Your curls won’t save you when there’s a wall to be climbed. Athleticism is king.
Now before we get too cocky, assured of our superior fitness because of our 300+ Clean and Jerk, let’s be honest… Everyone has weaknesses. Some of them are minor and will only crop up when something goes wrong and others are so glaring that it completely wrecks your attempts at improvement. Regardless of which end of the spectrum, your weakness exists and it is holding you back. You can deny all you want but it is the truth.
Don’t be ashamed of your weaknesses. I’ve been fortunate to work with thousands of individuals over the years and I can tell you with certainty that everyone has weaknesses. We’re all in the same boat on this one. Admit you are imperfect and commit to the process of improvement. Everything is a process, nothing just happens. It isn’t always easy but you have to put in the work every single day.
We are a work in progress and that is a universal truth of life. Every day is a challenge, but the process of determined self-improvement changes you.
It’s easy to blame something other than yourself. To sidestep weaknesses and try to find a way around them. To make excuses for not putting real effort to make the change. And when someone else IS making changes and seeing success, it’s easy to distance yourself from that by saying things like, “they’re just gifted” and my personal favorite, “my body isn’t built to move like they do.” It’s mind boggling self-sabotage.
It’s easy to make excuses. However, I have seen a great number of people make incredible changes and those numbers far outweigh the likelihood of their success being attributed to any factor other than DETERMINATION. Even the most gifted have good days and bad weeks. Everyone struggles through periods and only experience success when they remain determined and laser focused on their goals. A good coach can help guide you, a great coach can give you accurate advice and experience to help you, but ultimately not even the best coach can do it for you.
Be determined and be successful.
Jeff Edwards National Coach USAW, CF- L2
Head Coach BRFC