It was a long time ago, but I remember when this weight was my 1 rep max. When it hurt to even unrack the bar - Now it's a breeze.
What changed? (aside from the size of my legs from all the extra pushing power)
My goal has never been to improve my 1RM on my front squat, it happened as a bi-product of chasing other strength based and muscle gain goals.
I attribute the primary reason for turning a weakness into strength to setting my expectations correctly. What will it take and why? Following through actions is way easier when you understand their impact.
Unfortunately, the relentless 'sell, sell, SELL!' mentality of the fitness industry has clouded this understanding in lieu of once again, selling you stuff you don't need.
In order to get anything from really difficult to really easy you need everything in between.
The stages in between can be interpreted in many different ways. However, the factors required to move through them remain the same are:
- It takes time
- It takes patience
- It takes progress
- It takes consistency
To miss any of these factors is to move REALLY DIFFICULT to Difficult at best! Include them in your expectations and you won't be left disappointed.
There are no quick fixes, only paths of varying levels of resistance.
Your body doesn't respond well to rushing, save that for when you are running late!
You have to not only get better every time you train, but know by how much!
Even the best plans are useless if you don't see them through.
Accepting these truths will also break you from the crazy claims that promise everything in a fraction of the time and include little to no hard work. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Everyone has the potential to be better, there's a lot of information that will take that potential and waste it. The best advice should make sense and not require a leap of faith!
WHERE SHOULD YOU START
1.) Identify your THREE biggest weaknesses (be specific)
2.) Attack them head on with time, patience, progress and consistency.
3.) Once they are no longer your weaknesses - identify three new ones and start the game again!