If you have been following along on my blog you will know I have been going through a bit of a rough patch. I have not been able to be as consistent nor have I had the energy to complete all of my training as planned. Last week I had a bit of an epiphany that might seem pretty basic to some but until you see it and apply it to your own life it can be very difficult to realize.
In the past if I was not able to complete all of my training I would look at that as a failure, however with my new outlook if I gave everything I had and did as much as I could then that was still a victory over not training at all. Earlier this week I was to train my legs starting off with squats doing 4 sets of 12 reps at 225 lbs and after completing those sets I had nothing left in the tank so I had to quit. This was the most reps at this weight that I have squatted all year so while I was not able to continue after that it was still a win in my books. I then went on to complete my full upper body training session on Friday and yesterday I was able to complete my all of my lower body training.
Of yesterdays training session I was able to squat 265 lbs for 4 sets of 6 reps and then followed up with deadlifting 325 lbs for 4 sets of 6 reps which are both PR’s for this year. I am especially proud of the deadlifts because I have not been as consistent with training deadlifts as I have with my squats and yet I was still able to complete the prescribed training protocol. In fact I recorded my deadlifts and put it up on YouTube to remember this moment.
I have deadlifted 405 lbs for 3 sets of 4 reps in the past so this is not a lifetime PR but it is a win for this year especially after struggling the last few weeks. Stringing small wins together helps to build momentum and motivation to get to your end goal, which for me is to be able to deadlift 500+ lbs and squat 405 lbs.
So I think its important to have big goals and little goals and to celebrate them all. Just getting in to the gym and completing a workout is a small victory worth celebrating especially if it’s something you have been struggling with.