Reinventing yourself with Resistance (Lessons of Lifting)
Rusty mismatched weight plates and a third-hand barbell changed my life.
When growing up I wasn’t a smart kid, nor was I particularly physically gifted. I was just an average shy kid with very little ambition or direction.
I had a fixed mindset.
Believing everything was down to innate abilities, that I could never do anything to change.
An old rusty weight set changed that.
The set was passed down to me from a fireman and neighbour. The barbell and plates were coated in cobwebs and a thick layer of rust. They’d had a tough life!
I set them up in the garden and got to work.
I’d do deadlifts, a lot of deadlifts. Come rain or rain (UK) I’d be pulling the barbell and a few pounds of the garden out of the ground, my parents loved me…
Of course, I started getting stronger.
However the funny thing was that the weight on the barbell wasn’t the only thing to increase, my social life and grades also started to display some gains.
Weight training forged self-efficacy and self-confidence within me.
I understood if I did something more (deadlifting, reading, putting myself in awkward situations, whatever) I’d get better. Common knowledge – yes, but to truly grasp it was a personal revelation. Doing the work allowed me to consistently and progressively increase my ability conquer challenges.
Be that weight on the barbell or grade on a test.
I’ve observed people make complete turnarounds in how they view themselves after undertaking training.
You realize that if you keep showing up, putting in energy – you get better. Just like any other facet of your life.
For some people, like myself, lifting is the path that helps them truly comprehend this growth mindset.
I mean, have you ever seen someone set a PR…They’ve just broken the barrier of who they were and have become something better (and they know it!)
Lifting weights means a hell of a lot more than picking something up and putting them back down again. To me, it’s about continually reinventing yourself.