This week on Barbell Shrugged, our series The Weightlifter’s Journey continues with the key habits for overcoming obstacles in the snatch, clean and jerk.
As you might guess, there are plenty.
On part one, we shared a little barbell history, as well as some tips on how you can best begin your Weightlifting journey. That’s a start, but the real challenge in the gym is remaining committed and patient.
The truth is that starting is very easy.
Everyone likes the idea of being strong and showing off, but the real challenge begins as soon as life steps in between you and your new goal – Time, money, relationships, kids, tendinitis and achey joints, impatience, comparison, jealousy, constant tinkering and wavering commitment, that’s just the short list.
Becoming a weightlifter is very hard. But you should take solace in the fact that you are in very good company. Every single day thousands of new athletes are pouring into boxes all around the world, and they all want to master the lifts…But guess what?
Every single one will find their fair share of challenge and frustration. They will feel the same as you, and just to be clear, the same is true for every single athlete that has come before. They don’t give away the title of Weightlifter, friends. That’s something you have to earn, one lift at a time.
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This can be an intimidating goal, but that emotion vanishes as soon as you can shift your focus back to where it needs to be – Onto the very next repetition, the daily target load, your sleep diet, and recovery routine, you name it. It’s the day to day shit that makes or breaks you!
Don’t look for fast tracks or secrets to overcoming obstacles in the Olympic lifts. They do not exist. In the end, the key to reaching your full strength is simply to build great daily habits, both inside and outside of the gym. We’re going to show you how.
Welcome to The Weightlifter’s Journey, part two.
Enjoy the show,