no images were foundReposted from April 27, 2010
You hear people say it all the time: “I can’t do [insert movement here] – it’s too hard.” Whether they’re talking about body weight pullups, 350 lb deadlifts, handstand pushups or muscle-ups, the song is the same. Another version of it is, “I can’t do that because I’m too big,” or even, “this is hard – I wish it were easier.” These statements are all 100% pure grade “A” crap. The fact of the matter is that it’s not too hard and you’re not too big – in both cases the truth is that you’re too weak.
This is actually great news because you see, strength is a choice. Hearing that you’re too weak should make you jump for joy – I mean, all you have to do in order to accomplish that thing is get stronger and better! Good news folks – we know how to do that! What we can’t do is make a task easier (a 350 lb deadlift will always be a 350 lb deadlift), but we can definitely make you better.
But the choice is yours – if you’re convinced you can’t lift big heavy things because you’re a little guy, then you pigeon-hole yourself into the category of “can’t lift heavy things.” If you have decided that pullups will always be hard just because you’re a big guy, then your wish is my command. If, however, you choose to change your “little guy” status and build up some strength to lift heavy stuff, you certainly can and you definitely will. The same is true for you big guys too – you are the only thing keeping you from becoming better at stuff you’re convinced you can’t get better at. This is true for every single excuse imaginable.
So the next time you say something stupid like, “I can’t do that because it’s too hard,” do 100 burpees to remind yourself of the truth. Stop blaming the exercise for the fact that you’re not currently strong enough to do it, and then choose to do something to change that.
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
4 Handstand Pushups
8 Kettlebell Swings (2 pood/1.5 pood)
Get some with the lacrosse ball! Make it hurt, too!