Fitness Friday: Stay In Your Lane
Hi friends! We made it to Friday! It’s crazy how this month has already flown by, it feels like yesterday we were all planning on the Open. For today’s Fitness Friday, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on sticking to your lane and trusting yourself.
This past week we did a pretty challenging workout that involved deadlifts, rowing and box jumps. The deadlift weight was your choice, and what you could maintain with good form involving 7 reps for multiple rounds. Deadlifts, as you know, are something I still struggle with. Working hard to overcome my fear of heavy deadlifts is a constant process.
Getting caught up in pushing harder and faster is easy to do. I especially think about this when compare myself to others the gym might be using. Part of me wants to be on their level by saying we use comparable deadlift weights. But by now, I know better than that. Rather than pushing myself in a way that runs the risk of being unsafe, I pulled the reigns back. I dig deep and really focus on myself and what I need to do be a better athlete.
Moving off to the right
Here’s a quick story to kickoff where I’m going with this. In the mornings on my way home from the gym, there’s a GIANT police speed trap that’s set up by my house. And by giant, I mean there are literally (at least) four police motorcycles that have the radar gun aimed at four lanes of traffic. The speed limit is 25 mph, and if you’re going anything upwards of 40mph+, you’re getting pulled over. Knowing all of this, I use the furthest lane to the right and will literally drive at 25-30 mph irrespective of how many cars are behind me. I could really care less if you honk, scream, or holler at me to move faster. I’m not getting a speeding ticket and I’m absolutely staying in my lane at my speed.
The same goes for workouts. We all have gaps in our training, and things we really excel in. Ignoring the warning signs and skipping over the areas we need to mindful of causes us to put the blinders on. When the blinders are on, we can’t see what would normally be an obvious indication of trouble. Especially if you’re overexerting yourself to stay afloat. Rather than trying to keep up with traffic, pull over to the right and move at a pace you’re comfortable with.
Whether you’re aiming for PRs today, or taking a nice rest day, move at your own pace and stick to your own lane today! Happy Fitness Friday everyone!