Monday, January 28, 2013

On Failure in Fitness

I saw an amazing Instagram post the other day, your typical quote on top of a photo type of thing, and the saying has resonated with me.

The iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you're a god or a total bastard. The iron will always kick you the real deal. The iron is a great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the iron to be my greatest friend, it never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go, but 200 pounds is always two hundred pounds.
--Henry Rollins

I love that! The above is just a small excerpt from an essay he wrote for Details magazine, you can read the full essay here: http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/strength-articles/iron-henry-rollins

There are many different reasons to fail a lift. It all boils down to the fact that it is too heavy for you, maybe you didn't sleep enough, maybe you didn't eat your Wheaties, or maybe you left it for the end of your workout.

This is the face of a woman who failed a 180lb single rep deadlift and is determined to nail 3 reps at 155 lb


That was my mistake on Saturday. I left deadlifts for the end of my workout, not smart. So when I failed to meet the goal I set for myself that session, I didn't beat myself up about it. I'll plan better next time and see if I can't hit that goal.

Part of living a fit lifestyle is failing at the goals you set for yourself. When you do fail, you have to take a step back, assess why you failed, strategize, and set your plan in motion. Get SASSy with your fit self. ;)

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