Your Are Not Perfect
You Are Not Perfect
Sorry if that statement bursts your bubble.
It might sound mean to some of you, but many of you completely agree, and that’s a good thing!
Perfection is not possible. Regardless of how hard you try, how much you want it, and how many times others say it, perfection is impossible. Even world records in weightlifting, powerlifting and other sports are not perfect. Every single record you have ever seen or set yourself could have improved in one way or another. Another quarter inch of extension here or another ounce of force there...they are all things that could have improved.
This isn’t being pessimistic, this is being realistic. There is always something to improve in someway, somehow. Those records and your workouts are impressive, but the fact remains the same, there is room for improvement.
The path to perfection is what matters, not the destination.
Those that say you are moving perfect, that lift was perfect or you did a workout perfectly are consciously lying to you and are simply getting in the way of you improving. While they may have good intentions, they are actually making you worse. Pointing out those areas to improve, those small or large faults and how to make them better is what will actually help you succeed.
Take the following example….
Coach #1 watches you during your back squats for the day, comes over between sets and explains that your left knee caved a bit and you released tension at the bottom too much.
Coach #2 watches you back squat and simply says “Perfect!” afterwards and moves on
Which one actually helped you improve?
Regardless of the tone used, coach #1 simply pointing out the small flaws in a lift allow the athlete to address them, hopefully fix them, and get better. A better coach would then point the how and why we want to fix those flaws, but even the new coaches or sub-par coaches can help an athlete improve by simply stating what is occurring.
Coach #2 is doing a disservice by allowing the athlete to think their lift was perfect. That word in itself means there is nothing they could do better which will forever be false. That athlete will go on to lift the way they do and will never make those adjustments needed.
If you are in a place that doesn’t believe in realism, you have 2 choices.
1. Leave. Find a new gym that will actually help you improve instead of padding your ego and taking your money for services not rendered.
2. Record yourself during lifts and be honest reviewing them. There is always something to improve and it might take some time to see what it is if you have untrained eyes.
At the end of the day, understanding that perfection is impossible and being realistic is the only way to make progress is a major step for a lot of people. I’m sure it’s nice to hear your lifts are perfect, but hearing about the flaws in them will make you better in the long run. The choice is yours, never improve or fix your flaws and get better. You already know what we do at Mental Edge