Try it. You might surprise yourself.

This picture is a few weeks old, but I wear those pink shoes every day in the gym.

Yesterday, I went into my gym thinking that I wasn’t going to do well for the following reasons:

  • I didn’t get enough sleep the night before and I was tired
  • I took two days off from lifting due to life/blood donation
  • The last session was tough and I really pushed to finish my squats

I stuck to the plan and lifted anyway. To my surprise, things went exceedingly well. I finished all my sets and reps without issue, and while it was a challenge, I didn’t feel near my limit.

Somehow, I had gotten stronger.

Well, that’s the plan, at least: to get stronger. I’ve been trusting in the StrongLifts 5×5 plan for almost five weeks now, and I’m continuing to make solid progress. It’s progress that’s wildly beyond what I thought was possible, but it’s all there. I’m squatting almost triple my starting weight just over four weeks ago!

The reason I mention this is because I didn’t think I would be able to do this weightlifting thing. I didn’t think I could enjoy it, and I didn’t think I would be able to stick with it. I really didn’t think I would see the gains I’m seeing so quickly. I know many others who’ve spent years in the gym and haven’t progressed so quickly, yet here I am, a 52-year old lifting newbie making serious gains!

Don’t talk yourself out of trying something because you think you might fail. Talk yourself into trying something with the knowledge that if you do fail, it’s just another lesson learned in what not to do next time you try. Failure to accomplish a goal isn’t the end of the world; not even trying to reach the goal is the end before you even begin.

2 thoughts on “Try it. You might surprise yourself.

    1. Thanks, Bill! I use a squat rack for safety. In retrospect, I should have purchased a cage instead, but I’m sure I’ll do that in the coming months. The squat rack is pretty safe if you know how to use it, and make sure you exercise within it. For weights, I bought an olympic bar (45 lbs) and a set of weights. I also have a basic bench and a rack for the weights. All told, I was able to get it all for under $750. It’s a lot of money up-front to spend, but I don’t have to go somewhere to use free weights, wait for weights, racks, or benches, and I don’t have to worry about other peoples’ sweat (I don’t really care about this last one, but sometimes, there are some really inconsiderate people in gyms who don’t wipe off afterwards). For me, it’s great to come home, change, and hit my gym. I lose less of my day and still get a good, solid workout in. I can list specific equipment if you need.

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