Are you afraid of Failure


This is something that has been on my mind for a while.  No one wants to fail in life or anything in that matter. In the fitness word you always being tested whether it’s the stepping on the scale. Getting timed in running drills and/or distances. Finding out how much weight you can move in a certain exercise.  I think when it comes to Health and Fitness I think failure is associated with a limit.  When you find out your max on a squat it now becomes a definitive number to how much force you can apply in that exercise( if it’s you true max). That means if we load the bar with 10 more lbs you will not be able to lift the bar and you fail at the lift.  The interesting concept with that is When it comes to strength you can improve. Speed and agility will plateau out. That is why you always see people in power lifting and bodybuilding always putting up outrageous numbers. It just that the body can take so much stress and strain from lifting for years and years.  But people should not be afraid of failure. Like today I was doing my conditioning program running hill sprints on the treadmill( 10% elevation at 10 mph 20 seconds sprints followed by 40 sec rest) my goal was to do 12 sprints I could only do 11 before I called it quits. I failed to complete my workout. Most people would probably consider myself a failure, but I look at it as an opportunity to learn how my body reacts to certain exercises and how to better prepare myself to make sure I am able to reach new PRs in my workouts.  You learn more from failure than you do from success.  So embrace failures in your life as an opportunity to learn something new.

Author: Smithfitness

A former basketball player now fitness professional. Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS). Alex loves lifting heavy things repeatedly and going for long runs or rides and helping others achieve high levels of fitness and health. If you love fitness and health follow this blog and submerge yourself in all the fitness and health knowledge.

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