Since the beginning of time, no matter what you are doing, you need to start somewhere and, usually, that somewhere is at the bottom. Weight lifting is no different. To become big and strong, you need to start with what you can do and work your way up the weight rack. There is one thing that is holding you back from achieving your goals: yourself.
It is when the weight appears to be too heavy for you and then you say the two most dreadful words: “I can’t.” How do you know you can’t do it? Unless you have tried it and failed, there is no way of knowing that if you can do it or not. It is becoming way to common of a trend in the world, especially in the weight room.
This goes for both beginners and for those who have done it for years. Heavy weight will always be heavy and it is there for a purpose. It is meant to be moved and it can only be moved if you try to move it.
By saying these two words, you are giving up on a lift before even attempting it. Look at all the great accomplishments throughout history; none of which would have been achieved if they quit before they tried. For instance, lets look at Paul “Tiny” Meeker. On April 13, 2013, at the Texas State Power lifting Championships, Meeker, with just a bench shirt, put recorded a successful 1076.9 lbs bench press. Imagine the embarrassment Meeker would have felt had he never tried to set a new record.
There are events like Meeker’s that happen everyday in the world and in the weight room. If a new lifter does not try to bench 135 lbs for the first time, how will he/she know if they can do it or not? To know if you can do it or not, it must be attempted first without thinking of saying “I Can’t.”
What it all comes down to is what kind of person do you want to be known as. If you are going to have a quitter’s mentality every time you are in the weight room, do us all a favor and stay home. While weight lifting is about individual accomplishments, a positive atmosphere is what keeps lifters wanting to do more. Think about that next time you lay on the bench. Do you want to try to put up 275 lbs? Or are you just going to do a lot of reps with 225 lbs? The choice is yours if you want to be better.