Combating Personal Weaknesses in the Weight Room
posted on June 29, 2022
We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, whether that be in the weight room or just life in general. Have you ever been to a job interview or completed a yearly performance review with your manager and they asked you to talk about your strengths and weaknesses and how you could improve on them? I want you to take the time and think about this for a few seconds and reflect on what you believe your biggest strengths and weaknesses are within the weight room specifically. You may only have 1 weakness, or you may have 5+, and that’s okay because there are no right or wrong answers here as everyone is different.
We all like to show off our strengths because we are proud of what we have overcome and what we can accomplish. Whether we hit a PR or hit a set that looks impressive, we want to show the progress that we are making and that we are strong. One thing that most (if not all) of us could do a better job of is getting out of our comfort zone and embracing our weaknesses when it comes to lifting instead of hiding them.
Most of us tend to stick to what makes us the most comfortable and to what comes easy/what we enjoy doing the most. We continue to perform the same exercises that we are used to doing and that we have already mastered. For me personally, I struggle with getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to lifting. I recently worked with Curtis on programming for me to train for my first powerlifting meet. When we were brainstorming exercises, I was unfamiliar with quite a few of them. Aside from being unfamiliar with some of the exercises, there were also some that he put out there that I have always disliked doing so I have avoided them for quite some time.
Throughout my training, I have learned to embrace the suck and do the exercises that I have been avoiding for months just because I wasn’t good at them and didn’t like doing them. I have learned to get out of my comfort zone and take on the new exercises no matter how different, difficult, or how “silly” that they may look like to others, because I know that it will benefit me in the long run of training.
Go out and pinpoint your weaknesses, and then create a plan of attack to conquer them. Growth and change are never easy, but the benefits that you will gain are worth it.