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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
May 7, 2019
The last couple weeks we have been talking about the mental side of fitness, and man we have taken on some tough subjects. The constant back and forth a person can have in their mind is something that has become more and more prevalent. Humility is one thing, to have outright pessimism is another. But of course, you cannot expect your ego and your confidence to kick into overdrive too often. A good sign of confidence is gradually taking on new challenges and pushing forward. A bad sign of course could end in a horrible injury and end up on Fail Army. Now of course, there are nutballs that wish to get hurt and make themselves internet famous. For the guy that jumped into a cactus patch of the guy that got shot 30-feet into the air and then landed in shallow water…yeah you kinda deserve the pain that you get. Doing stuff to get YouTube views is something nurses and doctors probably never expected 20 years ago. “You mean you did it because you saw someone else do it?” Aww, the conversations that people have with their parents when they see the results.
Anyway, let us get back to the blog at hand. So how about that episode of Game of Thrones? Why are they starting to kill off the real life vegans on the show? Oh wait, that is for another blog post or something. But in case you need to know, there is six people on that show that are real life vegans. Just thought you should know. Let us talk about the idea of confidence, and since I lack of a lot of it, this is going to be a tough write-up. The first thing you really need to teach yourself is to create a good inner dialogue. As I mentioned earlier, this dialogue has to be based in some form of reality, because like I said….jumping off a roof or something because you think you can execute a barrel roll you saw in the movies will spare you any damage (until you see your ankle going in the wrong way) is not the type of thing you should have confidence in accomplishing. That piece of dialogue has to be restrained and careful, and this comes from experience. Recently, I hurt my lower back. At the former job I was at, my condition was exacerbated by the horrible chairs they forced us to use, so the remnants of that injury lingered on. How did I get that bad back problem? Well, it happened when I was doing deadlifts. I had not done deadlifts for a while and knowing my own capabilities, I stupidly jumped right back into it. Rather than maybe doing a little extra warm-up or setting a max-out limit at a lower weight, I went to 345 and you can predictably know what happened. I tried hiding it for weeks but it started affecting my walking, my back squats and my sleep. I kept pushing forward until Jon had to tell me to slow it down. I finally stopped deadlifting and started doing more cardio to get my body loosened up. It was taken weeks but now I am ready to start deadlifting again
The main difference will be clear….I’m going to gradually build back up. Truthfully, I don’t know I fell into that little trap in the first place. My arm was not in a good place for almost a year, and as I have started to reintroduce a lot of the things I put on the backburner, I have been going slow and steady with the movements. Right now I am back to 25 total reps for 165, which is not bad and hopefully I can regain some goals and confidence to get back up to 185, which was what I was doing regularly. I have also exhibited a lot of caution to the wind in regards to the back squat, for while I had gotten to a legitimate 335, the back injury was keeping me from getting anywhere close to 300. So right now I just completed a stage 225. I will probably do this for a couple weeks and and maybe move up to 245. We shall see how the back is feeling.
So why do I go slow on one aspect of my training while going balls go the wall on the other? Well, I had gotten really confident with deadlifts…but not so much with bench press and back squat. This will have to be another facet of these inner dialogues you will engage. Just because you WERE good at something doesn’t mean you will always be good without no build-up. Just think of Keanu Reeves in the John Wick franchise. He already knew Judo and already had some weapons training from previous films. Did he sit on his skill set? Heck no! He learned some jiu jitsu on the side, and also learned some different techniques in regards to shooting guns, which in turn taught myself the intricacies of certain reasons to hold a gym a certain way. For all three of the movies he is in, he did not sit on the previous work and trained for months to make sure he was game ready. Heck, this even rubbed off on his costar Halle Berry, who literally trained the dogs she works with in the movie rather than relying on body doubles and the sort. Of course, these are aberrations but are applicable in all ways. I used to be pretty solid at snatch and the clean and jerk. Since I was out of commission for a while due to an arm injury, I have to start rebuilding that again, and that means overhead squats and hang cleans in the future. I’m not going to be going back into snatching 130 pounds again right off the bat.
So how does one really manage this inner dialogue? I mean, there are obviously a lot of things that come up in our lives that compels us to take some unusual steps. When I have done work for Jon at his home, he doesn’t show a whole lot of confidence with electrical, but when it comes to wood working and stuff…he definitely shines. And of course, this is where it becomes a little problematic for me since I am not that good with my wood working capabilities. Now of course, if the roles reversed, it would be a lot of careful work and consideration to get the jobs done. Either way, don’t be like the workers that my cousin’s finance runs into. He works for a plumbing company, and one problem his company is having is people not having the confidence to do certain jobs. Now I had trepidation when I fixed my sink, but now that I learned how to do the job properly, I am pretty sure I can kill it the next time (provided there is a next time).
While we have talked about changing your mood and seeking out a better way to prep yourself for a healthier life, having these healthy dialogues within you are essential. If you don’t you are gonna end up like a lot of people on Facebook that post fake stories about Elon Musk wanting to buy Facebook so he can shut it down or Pizza Hutt adding non-dairy cheese to their menu. The difference of course you will look silly on one end, but could hurt yourself on the other. So be careful!
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