Mind games

It’s more in your head than you think! PB 32kg snatch

PB. 100kg deadlift. A long time goal accomplished

Hi lovelies! I’m sitting here with a plate of lunch in front of me and my laptop trying to get this post together. I forgot my phone charger at my sister’s yesterday and have had to survive with the little battery I had left on my phone until today, therefore I haven’t had a chance to write anything until now because all my photos are on my phone. I managed to get there today to pick it up after the gym and now I’m back in flat for lunch before I’m meeting my friend Katie for a tea/coffee. It’s very autumny and rainy outside today so it’s just what I need, a catch up and something nice and warm to drink.

Have you managed to get any training in this weekend? I was at the gym yesterday and today working on some weight training and specifically heavier wights. I haven’t really been doing super heavy weights for a while so I thought it was time to put my mind to the test and see how it would cope. Training I would almost say is more in your head than your body. Of course there are certain physical limitations to how much you can lift depending on your ability and strength but something I’ve noticed with myself is that my mind gives up way before my body does. The moment you start doubting yourself is when your body physically can’t do it.

I see this a lot when I’m doing upper body things like push presses, jerks and snatches. As soon as something is going over my head, my mind just goes wild. I start getting scared and unsure of whether I’ll actually be able to lift the weight and when you don’t walk confidently towards the bar, chances are you won’t put in the effort it requires to get it up because you’re doubting yourself. You need to believe in your ability and be determined that you will lift the weight.

Why I also struggle a lot with overhead and upper body work specifically is that the progress is so small and gradual in comparison to my progress my lower body does. Yesterday I got a new PB of 32kg snatch and today I finally hit a 100kg one rep max in my deadlifts (I can’t believe it happened!!). Just see that difference. Of course you’ll naturally enjoy the success of lifting a 100 more than 32 kg. However, the bigger win was perhaps my PB in snatch because I overcame an inner barrier to lifting heavy weights or my head. When you think about, it’s like lifting one and a half suitcase of the allowed baggage allowance on a plane. That’s quite a lot! Every time I lift that bar over my head I kill those voices in my head saying I CAN’T DO THIS. It’s like me yelling back YES YOU FREAKING CAN. The deadlift is tough but for not as scary as all that can go wrong really is a I drop the bar or can’t lift it from the ground because it’s too heavy.

We need to remember that it’s not always the weight and the strength that’s the win when you workout, the confidence in yourself and the trust in your abilities is something I’ve noticed training has helped me with so much. You have to believe in yourself and that takes time. So no matter if you’re just starting out in the gym or have been going forever. Even if you just show up and walk on the treadmill because you’ve never trained your life, that’s the an incredible win for you mentally. Don’t think because you’re not doing what everyone else is doing you aren’t a winner. You need to think of every progress you make as a win, it’s will make you feel so good about yourself and keep you going! Every time you do something you never thought you would do you break down those barriers and it feel so good. It becomes addictive pushing yourself to see what you go and you the only barrier to what you can achieve.


M xxx

Published by madeleineskristensen

Madeleine Moves is a blog celebrating a love of exercise, food, travelling and life. I love being active, exercising and being out and about. With my blog I hope to spread this joy and inspire you to be your best. Who am I? I’m Madeleine (surprise). I’m a Swede who lives in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland. I moved here for my university studies and in summer 2016 I graduated with a degree in Business and Management at University of Glasgow. My keyword has always been balance. I love eating healthy food but I also love to indulge once in a while. You need to enjoy life at the end of the day and limiting yourself is not the way to go. With this I would like to say welcome to Madeleine Moves. Love, Madeleine

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