Hey there and happy 4th of July to all my lovely south of the border friends. I Hope you’re enjoying your day off and doing something awesome.
I myself am pretty excited that it’s already Thursday. This weekend Sunfest is going on here in London and I’m excited to go check it out. There are a ton of live bands (lots of awesome reggae music and steel drums) and a ton of food vendors too. The beefeaters football team runs the beer tent as their largest fundraiser so sober of the guys we train will be working the event. That means I’m obligated to have a couple drinks right? To support local football. I think so.
With it being a shortened week I’ve been making sure I get in all of my workouts.
I mentioned it last week but my lifts have been feeling really strong the past little while. I haven’t changed my training or diet, I just feel stronger.
Far too many people reach a point in their program where they don’t make as much progress as they think they should and instead of trying to work through it they just jump ship and switch training methods or stop lifting all together.
There will be times when progress doesn’t come as fast as you’d like, where you don’t feel as strong as you’d like, where things just feel harder than you think they should. DO NOT GIVE UP.
When my deadlifts were looking not so hot I didn’t stop doing them. Steve backed the weight down a bit (I’m following a version of 5/3/1 and have been for almost 2 years) and I really focused on my accessory work. Steve also reminded me that it’s normal to go through phases like that. You can’t always set a new PR (although that would be sweet). What’s important is that you work through it.
Now I’m not saying that you should never abandon the program you’re on, there are a ton of shitty ones out there written by people who don’t really know what they’re doing. Your program also depends on your strength and physique goals and should be something you enjoy.
All I’m saying is, don’t throw in the towel when it gets tough. You’ll never know what you’re really capable of if you quit whenever you’re challenged our frustrated. Pushing through things helps you become a stronger lifter both physically and mentally. Never underestimate the value of mental toughness when it comes to lifting. But that’s a post for a different day.
Keep at it, keep pushing. If I didn’t keep pushing I wouldn’t have hit my 300lb deadlift PR.