“Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.” ~Unknown
I got embarrassed at the gym.
I sat down at the bench press, ready to hoist up 135 pounds of iron. My goal was eight reps for the first set.
Before I started my first set, I heard someone huffing to my left. I looked over and saw a young guy benching 315 pounds!
I counted his reps, and he went all the way up to eight. It was the same number of repetitions that I aimed for, only I was lifting 135 pounds, which is one 45-pound weight on each side (compared to his three on each side).
In that moment, I felt like I was wasting my time at the gym.
This young guy beast was leagues ahead of me in terms of physical strength. For the same number of reps, he could lift 180 pounds more than me. That difference is so much that, despite the point I’m making, my pride told me to omit this story.
Pride isn’t a good thing though, so here’s the story!
Others’ Success Is Not a Threat to Yours
I didn’t leave the gym early from discouragement because I realized two things.
1. I can bench press my bodyweight now (150 pounds), which is something I had wanted to do for a long time.