You can build personal, inner strength from physical strength created in the gym. In fact, this is precisely how I survived two very difficult years of my life.
During a coaching call last week with one of my clients, I shared my personal story on how strength training became my metaphor for life. In order to create new strength in your body, you must work through some heavy workloads. The only way to become “better” is to face challenges and work through them until you succeed. During an extremely heavy leg press one day, I stalled out mid-way. In a flash of a moment, I had the choice to believe that the leg press machine knew better than me, and that I should quit the set. In that moment, I would normally jump at the chance to be done with a set and say to myself: “Welp, I tried and can’t do another set. That set is done!” But this day, in that flash of a moment, I said to myself:
“What if I just tried to do one more rep? What if this is just a momentary challenge, and what if I choose to work through this discomfort…maybe I’ll succeed. It’s uncomfortable…but I think I can breathe through this…”
And bam! My life changed forever. And so did my body.
Whenever you face a rough patch in life, your instinct will be to run away in some form or another. Maybe it’s avoidance of the situation, or maybe you’ll escape into a glass of wine. Maybe it’s so painful that you shove it so far down that you almost believe that the issue doesn’t exist. Yep, I’ve done it all too.
Let your emotional strength rise up and stand on the foundation of your physical strength.
It will change your life.
In this week’s video, Rebecca from the Women’s Strength Nation community asks where she should start her strength training program. Are you wondering the same thing? Or, are you ready for a change and need a new workout? Check out the video below.
In this week’s video I suggest that strength training be the foundation to your entire fitness program with your other interests sprinkled on top. Each week, schedule your strength workouts first, then add in your yoga, zumba, jogging, or spinning. A strong foundation means that you will perform better in any activity, and you will burn more calories. You will get more out of all of your fitness activities if you are powering them from muscle, and you’ll reduce the risk of injury. That’s why I suggest putting strength training at the top of your fitness agenda!
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“Let your emotional strength rise up and stand on the foundation of your physical strength.”
Stay strong, friend.