Most days we leave the gym feeling good, we’ve worked hard and we know we’re better for it.
On the opposite side of the equation there are inevitably days we leave completely frustrated. Reasons can vary from having an off day to not being able to accomplish something. Maybe you just aren’t able to pull under the bar for that snatch PR or maybe you thought you were going to crush the workout but instead you fell flat and burned out in the first minutes. So…we pull off our wrist wraps and toss them on the floor. We certainly aren’t writing a score on the board! We’re not even going to do a cool down! We’re mad! We’re leaving!
I’m going to give you some secret knowledge that ONLY coaches know about: It happens. Get over it.
You’re probably thinking “Well that’s not very nice at all, Todd.” Except I’m serious…It happens, to everyone, at some point, and it’s ok. There are numerous factors that could have thrown you off.
- It’s possible you needed a rest day. Rest days are a thing. Maybe you’ve been showing up and kicking ass for too many straight days. You’re a human and you need recovery. One way or another your body will win this battle.
- Perhaps you didn’t sleep well. Again, rest is important.
- Your nutrition could be off. Eat out all weekend and have a few drinks? Don’t expect to perform at your highest level.
- You might have bitten off more than you could chew. Who hasn’t? Put a little too much weight on the bar and it all comes crashing down.
- You weren’t mentally prepared. This is a very real thing. If you’re not mentally prepared when the coach yells “Go!” then you could be thrown off. If you aren’t mentally prepared when attempting a max effort lift then you probably won’t make it. Focus is important.
- You needed a longer warm up. If you know your shoulders, hips, knees, whatever, needs extra attention before hitting a workout, then show them some love and spend the extra time.
There are many more potential culprits. We don’t need to list them all.
The most important thing is what you decide to do next. Are you going to stay irritated and look for something to blame or are you going to turn it into a positive and move forward? It’s your call we can’t decide for you. Here’s what we hope you’ll do.
I hope you decide to suck it up. I hope you try to learn from it. What’s to learn, you ask? PLENTY! Figure it out. Always find a way to learn from situations good and bad. Use the information that you gather to become better. If you can do this you can do anything.
If you need help and can’t figure something out email me. If you’re not a member of our gym but still want some help contact us to setup a free call. We will do our best to set you on the right track.