We have all at some point in our lives been to a job interview and were asked the dreaded, “what is your greatest weakness” question, at which point we respond with the standard, “well my weakness is actually a strength because….”. Well, regardless of what we tell an interviewer, we all have weaknesses, we are human after all. This is especially true when working out. It could be that you are unable to do plyometric exercises because of knee issues, or your body is inflexible so you find certain exercise moves difficult or in my case you struggle when it comes to push-ups (oh my gosh, they are so hard for me!).
Unless, there is a medical issue that prevents you from doing a particular workout, the only way to not allow a weakness to control what you want to do, is by trusting and believing that you are in control of your body, you tell it what to do and that little voice in your head that’s telling you you can’t do something is just a little negative Lucy! In one of my previous blogs I talk about mind over matter and this is an instance where this is so true. Your body will do what your mind tells it to!
When I first started my fitness journey, I couldn’t do a push-up to save my life. I couldn’t for the love of cupcakes push my own body up, can you imagine! I would try and try and I just couldn’t do it. So I told myself that I didn’t need to do push-ups, there were plenty of other exercises I could do after all. I love Shaun Ts workout programs because he pushes you and motivates you and tells you over and over that you are in control, you can do one more push-up or one more power jump and to dig deeper so I bought the Insanity program by Shaun T and oh my gosh almost every rep included push-ups! What was I supposed to do now? I had a decision to make, either give up and not continue with the program or push through and at least try to do a couple of these dreaded push-ups.
So, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and lowered my body into the push-up stance, my arms screamed for relief, I was shaking, you can’t do it, the voice said. Yes I Can! Yes I Can! I pulled myself up, lowered my body again and back up, back down and up again, I did it! I was doing it! That day I was able to do five push-ups! I won! my body was my own, I was in control! What seemed so hard and daunting in the beginning wasn’t so bad after all.
Now, I can do up to ten push-ups at one go. I still find them a bit hard and they are still my least favorite move especially the tricep push-ups, yea I still struggle with those a little. But guess what, I don’t give up when a workout set includes tricep push-ups, I do them, even if it’s just one or two because the alternative is admitting that I am not in control of my body which is not an option for me. It’ll be a while before push-ups are my strength but I definitely conquered my weakness and no longer let my fear or dislike of them control what workouts I do.
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