The Hard Path

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.


One of the biggest lessons you learn in powerlifting, is that you can’t grow and get stronger without struggle. It is the essence of developing strength. Nobody is born with the ability to deadlift 600lbs out of the gate, there are definitely some people given the gift of strength, where they can attain this strength quite quickly, whilst others may never reach this goal.  It is not the goal that matters, but the pursuit of that goal that ultimately shapes our lives and makes us the people we were meant to be.

To never face a trial, is to never approach a weight you are scared of lifting.

To never face a trial is to never set a PR.

To never face a trial is to never challenge yourself.

It doesn’t matter where you are starting your journey, it you set yourself a goal of physical improvement, you will face friction and hardship. The stress recovery adaptation cycle theory is one of the tenets of strength development. We must stress the body in some way, allow it to recovery and the body will adapt to face that stress again. It is in the hardship that growth occurs, there is no other way around it.

Every time we fail a lift, every injury we incur, every setback we run into are all part of the process and essential to growth. If there is somebody out there that hasn’t experienced hardship, I doubt they are a strong person, either physically or mentally. We can chose to become a victim of these problems or we can choose to use them to make ourselves better. The old adage, “What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger” is a way to think about your own reaction to setbacks, obviously nobody wants a broken leg, but how we improve ourselves with in spite of the injury is where the growth occurs.

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