I’ve been lifting with my friend AJ this summer. A few times a week we meet up and I basically just do what he tells me. I tend to lift heavier when I’m with him which is great! It’s also nice to have company and some time to catch up.
Slu Gym Via
The other day we met up for legs for the first time in a few weeks. We always start with squats and take turns on the same bar. I get a work out on my own just lifting his massive 45 lb plates onto the bar!!
When it was my turn I asked, “What weight had I been doing?”
I think I had only been putting 10 lb plates on each side, for a total of 65 pounds, but AJ thought I had been adding 25 lb plates. When I added it up to 95 pounds total I realized quickly that I most definitely was not adding that much weight. I’ve never squatted that much in my life!
Well, the plates were already on the bar so I decided to give it a shot just to see if I could do it.
Turns out I busted out 5 reps fairly easily!! I mean it was heavy for sure! But I did it without much trouble. The way most people do it when they are squatting heavy. HUZZUH.
So I did three sets of five at 95 lbs. That’s THIRTY pounds heavier than I was squatting before. I underestimated my strength by THIRTY pounds!!
Lesson learned. I need to push myself and not stay in my comfort zone. Yeah I’m pretty dang sore, but I’m also really proud and motivated to see how much stronger I can get. And not just in my squats!!
Where else am I underestimating my strength?
(What a great life metaphor.)