Strength is a Choice (Tue 4/27/10)

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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.


Deadlift 3-2-1-1-1


21-15-9 Reps for time of:

Overhead Squats (95/63)


1 min Ring Support position (total time in support)

  • Jackson

    Hell yeah i been waiting to do some max deadlifts again. brett im coming for your PR

  • 450lb deadlift

    Yeah yeah, bring it jackson! You may have cleaned 225 pretty easy but I’m betting you won’t deadlift over 405 with that twig of a spin you got!

  • Jackson

    well then i guess we will just have to wait and see

  • Anna

    brett your “name” is cocky, shame on you.

  • Jackson

    Yeah that’s is pretty cocky

  • Jeff

    I got Jackson on this.

  • Jeff

    We should start a betting pool. I’ll put $10 on Jackson.

  • Tai

    I hope Brett, Jackson, Jeff, and everyone else gets a PR deadlifting today. Tear it up guys!

  • that’s Mr. Cocky to you

    Let me get in on this pool. I got 100,000 bucks I PR today. I’ve got 10 bucks that Jackson is a beast (easy money there) and all of .45 cents that Jeff better pick on someone his own size! Jeff, join us in the 400+ club today OR ELSE!

    on a side note, my girlfriend is now posting in our comments (and giving me crap at that) and she DOESN’T EVEN GO TO THIS GYM! Come on people I love hearing from everyone in here. A little crap talking is good for you every now and then.

    I’m with Tai here in the end. I hope everyone comes in and, if you’ve got your deadlift down pat, kills it and snags a PR. That being said, I do not plan to let my gym leading deadlift go anytime soon…mostly because it’s one of the only ones I have. So come one, come all…I’m ready!

  • Jeff

    I’ll be going for the 400 club today. Might make it, might not. I never claimed to have a big (or even a good) deadlift. Just saying that if anyone can give you a run for your money, I think its Jackson. Thats all.