Rush to Success and its Downfall
A Rush to success…and why it’s the wrong approach
In today’s day it has become the norm for everyone to want that instant gratification and success without putting in the necessary time and effort to have earned it. The sport of Weightlifting and individuals who have come in to the sport recently are no exception. Everyone sees the end game, and successes of the big names in the sport and fail to realize all of the years of work it took to get there, and have this sense of urgency to all of the sudden make very drastic jumps in an attempt to achieve this level of success. While in the short term this may appear to work, I can assure you it is not the solution.
Early in a lifters career, we all know, PRs come with relative ease for many reasons, mainly due to the fact that like anything, the sport is new and the body will make some drastic adaptations to the type of training rather quickly. Pair that with someone who may have a decent strength platform to build upon and with some coaching progress seems to be this speeding train straight to success. Of course, that is until it runs straight into the brick wall that is the process of becoming a high-level lifter, or elite level athlete in any sport for that matter.
Lost in this whole process is the not so popular ideology that slow steady progress, focusing on the movements themselves, consistency, technique, and other not so glamourous endeavors are the keys to long sustained success. Unfortunately, those things are the cornerstone of becoming a successful weightlifter. It is important to understand, most training adaptations occur not on the heavy attempts, but rather that 70-80% intensity range, and that all heavy all the time constantly chasing PR attempts will leave you wondering what went wrong. What went wrong is, although as stated before, in the beginning this seems perfectly viable as the human body adapts rather quickly at first, there is a high likelihood there is a large contributor to this instant success that unfortunately does not work in the long run, and that is LUCK.
That’s right in a sport of such precision where millimeters can be the difference in a miss or make, in the beginning when your body is learning how to move that stupid heavy barbell often times big PRs come merely from chance that everything came together for that one lift on that one day. And as time goes on you will find that no longer is the case, missing lifts becomes more and more frustrating as you beat your head against the platform wondering why the progress has come to a screeching halt. The answer is quite simple, you have not put in the time to develop the consistency in the movements necessary to have sustained progress and success. So, although we can all enjoy these moments of leaps and bounds as a beginner and possibly into the intermediate stages of being a Weightlifter, if you are not willing to slow down and relentlessly work on the movements themselves, fixing imbalances, having a thoroughly thought out system of progressing, I can almost assuredly say you will find yourself at that moment asking what went wrong. There is no cheating the process, and although it may come quicker to some then others everyone must put in the gritty, not exciting, not glamourous work that leads to the end goal of being a high-level lifter.