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February 21, 2018 Dan Raimondi

It’s normal to be anxious before a heavy lift. You can have those doubts and uncertainties. It’s also important that you move past them, and embrace the challenge. This is one of the reasons why training is so valuable. Not only does it reward you with physical gifts, but the psychological effect cannot be understated. You learn something about yourself when you walk into a task you know will be hard, but you give it your all and either succeed or fail. If you have the right equipment, lifting weights is a low risk, very safe activity. Heavy deadlifts can simply be dropped if you don’t like what’s going on. Presses can be lowered back to the shoulders if you fail. Squatting and benching, admittedly are a little iffier. But if you’ve set your safety pins up properly, and even have a spotter or 2, you shouldn’t have any reason to worry.

I watched a great film recently called Meru. It’s about the first ascent of one of toughest mountains in the world. It made me rethink those moments when I’m afraid in the weight room because it’s really nothing compared to what other people are facing in their lives. Lifting is supposed to be fun. Yes, there will be moments when you’re being tested and pushed to the limits. But have fun with it. Embrace it. Understand that it’ll be okay, even if you fail. You might get injured, but know that you’ll heal. You’re not as fragile as you think you are. You’ve got more guts than you think you do.

If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend checking out Meru!