On two occasions today, I saw the power of perspective in action. Firstly, I was squatting heavy with infamous member of ‘The Nation,” Will ‘Too Tall’ Peddie. Our heavy doubles and singles in the front squat were executed in heavy doses of laughter, positive energy, and the hopeful statement, “It’s too light!”
Imagine that. Two guys making light of a physically stressful situation use positive energy to have success in the weight room. Surely, I don’t enjoy strenuous training. I just don’t. But, I can sure as hell act like I do! “Acting as if”is everything. And as I experienced today, a little light hearted positive self talk might just manifest itself. We both tied PRs screaming “It’s too light” on the way up. It wasn’t light at all, but it got the job done.
The world famous sunset class is smack dab in the middle of one of the toughest workouts in Bluffs history and it sounds like a saloon in class. Guys are screaming, girls are laughing, and the energy is incredible. I thought, “Either these guys have no idea what’s about to hit them, or this energy is going to ride them into a ridiculous performance.”
Naturally, the afternoon class crushed the workout. The workout? “Death by front squat.” With such a physically demanding and mentally crushing workout as that, the perspective created by the class changed everything. Performance was through the roof and, heck, I bet if you asked them about it, they’d tell you they had a great time.
This positivity stuff is good. Maybe we should bottle it…
Think about your perspective on training. Is it a highlight of your day? Do you dread it? I’d be willing to bet your attitude around training might correlate with your output. What do you think?
Complete the following for time:
Romanian Deadlift (225/155)