One Christmas I walked into Genesis Gym in London, paid my fiver and was put through the toughest lifting session I’d ever experienced by Dave “Bulldog” Beattie, a world champion powerlifter. I learned more in those two hours than I had in the previous twelve months.
My friend Dan John suggests in his blog, “get out of the comfy confines of your local spa and go see what the best are doing.”
Hours spent under the bar are necessary, but we occasionally have to put our heads above the parapet and see what else is going on, lest we become complacent or comfortable.
This is especially important if you train in a ‘normal’ commerical gym. You’ll either be thinking you are the bees knees or you will just get sucked into the mediocrity, believing everything you read on the internet about ‘overtraining’, ‘5/3/1’ and how you must never squat on consecutive days or you will die!
Getting out of the spa is also a welcome opportunity to meet and chat with like-minded people. You know, people who know what a front squat is.
But how do you go about this? Here are some ideas:
- Visit a specialist gym (e.g. powerlifting gym, weightlifting club)
- Watch a competition
- Compete in a local competition
- Do a course
- Interview someone you admire
- Watch a great athlete train
- Watch great sporting feats and world records on youtube
- Attend a workshop
- Go to a fitness expo
You will come back inspired and motivated!
Some of my inspiring experiences
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