It seems as if these forums are at their lowest point in a while. There are very few questions being answered or advice being shared. Instead everyone is pointing fingers and getting in other peoples business. There are those that say BB’ers aren’t athletes, and then there are those that say if you aren’t HUUUUGGGGEEE, then you aren’t dedicated or are a pussy. Well, here are MY thoughts.
The above title I got from coach Staley’s site, but it applies to what im thinking right now. I dont want to bench 405 for many reasons. The biggest reason being im not willing to make the sacrafices. I simply dont want it that much. Their are potential injuries, countless months/years of training, other goals, other activities, etc… If I wanted it bad enough, I would bench 405, but for ME it doesn’t matter that much.
This same reasoning can be applied to any goal. I am not willing to diet and train hard enough to get extremely ripped (2-6%). Im not willing to train and eat to be 250 lbs. You can call this being a pussy, or being lazy, but this is the way EVERYONE works.
With every goal, there are things you have to give up to achieve that goal. Even top level athletes are caught in the same situation. Sure, they have better genetics than most of us, but one key factor is that they are willing to give up more to reach their goals than the rest of us. Good for them. Im not willing to give up that much, and thats why im not an elite athlete.
I think it would be cool to run a 4:00 mile, or run a marathon, but im not willing to do it. Not only do i hate running, but this would be counter-productive to the things that I value more.
In the past year, i finally hit 195lbs, and deadlifted 405. To some this is a good achievement, others will say it means nothing. The important thing about personal goals and motivations is that they are PERSONAL. Sure someone can say what a “respectable” lift or body, but its all relative. Someone can say that a 16 y.o benching 400 is great, while a different 30 y.o benching 200 might actually be better. Most of us are not competing in PL’ing and thus these numbers are VERY arbitrary.
Here is what I am willing to strive for at the moment. Im sure as I achieve goals, i’ll make new ones.
- Bring up my strength on neglected lifts, and increase endurance on my “strong” lifts
—A 405lb DL isn’t anything special IMO, but I keep doing it until 405 is easy, and do 405x10, I think thats a great achievement. Maybe i’ll even do 300lbs x 30.
- Getting to 215-220lbs and achieving 10-13% BF
—I wont be turning heads or anything, but its still pretty good IMO.
- Various fitness goals with weights and sprints (EX: barbell complexes)
Well enough of a rant.
So how far are you willing to go?
Or why aren’t you willing to strive for more than you have now?