It’s ok to be afraid. I can’t believe I’m saying this out loud. Let me explain. Like most people I hate admitting that certain things scare me. Bacon shortages, skim milk, and smart cars are thoughts that fill my nightmares.
Seriously, sometimes before a workout I get scared because I know what’s about to happen. Every time I stack 500 lbs on my back, trust me, I’m scared. The last time I did the Tabata deadlift challenge, which requires you to pick up 315 lbs 50 times in 4 minutes, my heart was pounding before the timer started.
Being afraid is simply a negative thought about a future event, which often times is something you have total control over. Most people are afraid of failure before a workout. What if the weight gets too heavy? I don’t want to finish last. I’m not very good at this movement… These are things all of us think about before 3, 2, 1 GO! So what do you do about this fear? Use it. Fear can be a great thing when you turn it into a respectful awareness. Calm down, take a deep breath and use the awareness to safely complete the workouts. The workouts are always going to be difficult, but you already beat fear when you walked through the door.
What workouts make you afraid? Sound off in the comments. I have an email now, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me anytime. firstname.lastname@example.org
When in doubt, always follow Ron Swanson’s number one rule.
A. 1RM Clean
AMRAP 5 minutes
1 squat clean (165/110)
1 jerk (165/110)
Posted by Tyler.