What I love about going to the gym and training is that I’m always trying to get better.
Whether it’s increasing my strength, gaining muscle, improving endurance and conditioning, I’m always trying to get better in some way. For me this is exciting, in some ways addicting, always challenging, and fun.
That’s why I love it so much, and want to continue it as long as I can until the day I die.
With that said, how do you know when your close to your maximum potential for whatever you’re trying to achieve?
How do you know that this is the most muscle I can put on, or this is the strongest I can get, or this is the best condition I’ll ever be in?
In my opinion, we don’t really know unless we put in the effort and work to get there. The only limitation that exists in achieving our endeavors is what we place on ourselves, especially with our bodies.
I know we all have genetic differences that will inhibit us from gaining as much muscle from this guy or girl, and that’s a reality of life. If we accept that then we’ll have a better opportunity to achieve the best shape for us because the only person we’re competing against is the one we look at when we look in the mirror.
It won’t be John at the gym or Lucy down the street. It will only be us.
The only way to know your potential and what you can achieve is to keep working, by giving your best effort.
For instance, losing 100 pounds seems impossible until it’s actually done, and benching 225 seems like fantasy until you do it. Once you knock goals like those down, so many different opportunities and doors become available you never thought was possible.
Take Blaine Sumner for instance. He’s the dude pictured above with 1102 pounds on his back. He squatted this successfully in competition which is god-like. Whoever thought that would ever be done? Answer, probably not a lot of people.
Sure he got there by programming, taking care of his body, eating right, and all those good things we should all do. But, one thing he did not lack in is giving his best effort. There is absolutely no way you can squat that much weight if you don’t put in the effort.
This is why I believe effort will determine our own physical fitness potential, in whatever we are doing.
We are capable of so much more than what we think we can, and we should not settle for what feels okay or comfortable. To become better, and hit and surpass our goals, we must keep trying to do better every time we go in the gym and train. Mark Bell, owner of Super Training Gym, powerlifter, and creator of MB Sling Shot, says we should leave the gym with a new PR ever time.
I agree with Mark and you should be open to it too.
You don’t have to hit a new max in the squat, deadlift, or bench press every time you hit the gym, but just doing something better in some way. It could be doing an exercise for more reps or sets, trying a new exercise for the first time, or just getting better at one you’re already doing. Just get better at something and this way you know you progressed and you can keep on going stronger.
What makes this happen is putting the work in to get where you want to go, by giving your best effort.
This is not to say you have to be so serious about it that you do not have fun.
No…of course, not.
If that’s how you train than you’re missing out.
You should be smiling, laughing, and feeling good every time you’re in the gym, wherever it is (click HERE to learn more about enjoying yourself in the gym).
That, however, does not excuse you from not showing up, putting the work in, and moving closer toward your goals.
The gym is a playground to have fun, and also an office to get your work in and do business.
There’s a balance and it must be respected.
I believe that if you give your best effort every time, you’ll achieve this balance and keep crushing your goals while having fun along the way.
So, set a goal, work towards it, and crush it.
And, throughout the process, make sure to have mini milestones that give you reward and reinforcement to keep going stronger to smash them even more, as you follow your method to achieve it.
Your method does not have to be perfect, but what has to be is your effort.
If you have effort everything else will fall in to place, because you will learn what works and what doesn’t for you.
Whether you’re trying to run a 5k, deadlift 500 pounds, or do 100 push-ups nonstop, you’ll get there as long as you have good effort.
So, next time you go to the gym give your best effort. It may not result in your best workout ever, but it will result in progress and that’s what we want.
Now, what do you think?
Leave a comment down below and let’s start a discussion.
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading. Until next time, be strong and be you!