What if you’ve never actually given your best? I often wonder, like a bad dream, if I’ve mistaken my perceived work ethic and drive as really only my 80%. Considering how often we surprise ourselves with our abilities to lift impossible weights, survive with impossibly too few dollars in our bank accounts, or stay true to an impossible 8-week nutrition strategy, the odds are that we are very rarely in tune with our true limits.
As a simple observation, it seems that we are ALWAYS capable of more. And with that, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is there’s more in the tank. The bad news is that in a weird way we’re all sandbagging.
How, then, do we tap into this potential output sitting there unused? My two cents is that we shouldn’t give our knowledge so much credit. You don’t know what you’re capable of, so quit building fences around your performance. So… No, no you don’t know that a 44 pound kettlebell is the heaviest you can swing. Sure, you may know your PR power clean, but that’s probably not the most you can lift. There is a difference, you know?
In the baseball world, we often call masters of this skill the guys that were “just dumb enough.” Let’s agree on one thing… We haven’t the slightest clue of our potential. So, let’s keep chipping away at what it means to give 100%.
15 Power Clean (135/95)
20 Goblet Squats (2/1.5)