The same story told differently, may result different outcomes.
This is a kind of life-lesson story, or perhaps how certain circumstances affect your mind and decision making.
It started when I was scrolling my Instagram feed about three months ago. I had been into lifting weight for a year at the time, and my Instagram Explore’s feed sensing that. It shows me related fitness posts, and then I saw a beast doing heaviest leg press I’ve ever seen.
He put more than one freaking ton on that machine. He is also 8x Mr. Olympia, a professional men’s bodybuilding contest. If you do lift weighting, being capable to press that much, you can have a mind-muscle connection about how incredibly strong you are. Yeah, buddy! Lightweight, baby!
Note that you cannot cheat your body. Your body is shaped by things you work on them, persistently.
My dad warned me several times. “Just take it lightly”, he said. Actually, I was hospitalized at the beginning of this year due to exhaustion and over-training. He was mad, and worried. But no, I miss the power when you left the gym after finishing a workout, or breaking your PR. I hit gym again a week after, almost injured because I tried to do my usual weight (after only a week-absent, you lost most of your strength so you need to get back on it gradually).
But today, I stumbled upon an article: He got injuries, and may not walk again.
Remember I said should train persistently? And not only you have to train them, but train them with the right way. However, injuries are inevitable as almost 90% athletes reported injuries. So yes, you also have to fight the pain. I never take it seriously until that article, broke my hope.
Yep, aside of his supreme record, he also built injuries throughout his career. That includes broken back bone because of the screw that was meant to fix the herniated disc (because he trained them hard, of course)
It made me think, “God, is it that bad to train your body hard?”
My heart shattered. Maybe my dad is right.
I took a deep thought on this.
Perhaps, if I have known Ron’s story before I started my lifting journey, I would step back and just run safe on the treadmill. I would never know how does it feel to be strong. My dad is a worrier, fyi. No one in my family had (or inherited) good athletic genes. So it was hard for me at first to initiate love-hate relationship with workout lifestyle.
But, the circumstance is different. I was given the result and time first, and then slapped by the reality. My perspective about the harm of training has been shifted because I feel the result. It’s kind of give and take, but this time, I take first.
Now, it’s your turn. Try to remember what’s your last opinion. Could it be shaped by the circumstance timing around you?
PS: He is a legend, hands down. He has a big heart, and his love and grit on doing thing he is passionate about are remarkable. Godspeed, champion!
I also planned to get a personal trainer by next month. Wish me luck! ☺