A Reality Check On Your Expectations

Posted on 04 Jul 2015 11:25

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What happens to those people who set lofty goals for themselves and unrealistic expectations? What happens when they cannot all turn into super-humans and achieve these goals?

The Stronger You Get, The Harder It Gets to Become Even Stronger

I’ve seen threads on various bodybuilding and powerlifting forums of people (mostly newcomers to weight training) asking how long will it take them to reach some arbitrary strength level on the squat or bench press or deadlift. I’ve met people who believe that because it took them 6 months to reach 300 pounds on the deadlift they will take another 6 months to reach 600. It doesn’t work that way for most people though. Sure, some people might double their strength at that rate but for the majority of people as you get stronger the climb to add more strength becomes all the more difficult.

Not Even Steroids Can't Work Miracles

It is very important to keep expectations in check. It’s important to be realistic about your goals. All these pseudo-motivational quotes by successful lifters or coaches can really misguide beginners. You should try to be as good as you can be. Just because Dwayne Johnson said be the hardest worker in the room doesn’t mean that training your butt off will get make you become the next Dan Greene. At the same time it is not just about injecting chemicals into your body either. You take your best cocktail of steroids and super chemicals and you put in the best training into the gym and you might still not beat Benedict Magnusson’s World Record Deadlift if it isn’t in your build and structure to be able to lift a thousand plus pounds!

The guys who reach the king of the hill status on squats or bench press or the deadlift always innate size and body structure in their favor in addition to everything else they do as well – which is nutrition, chemicals and a great training ethic in the gym. Being true to your limitations helps keep your expectations in line. What happens to all those newcomers who estimate their strength to go up by a certain amount in a certain time? Almost always they fail these lofty goals and then you never hear of them for a while. Then they come back with some excuses and attempt this “race” again. And again they fail. And the same story keeps repeating itself.

Daniel Kahneman has spoken about experiences and memory. I suggest you give watch his video so that the next time you hit a PR and if it isn’t as much as you expect it to be you don’t feel like a failure.

Click HERE for Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of Experience vs. Memory

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