I thought I was about to tear a muscle. I didn’t though. You know why?
Our bodies are much stronger than we think they are.
When you get under a weight and are able to get out from under that weight, successfully, without hurting yourself you grow.
Obviously, there are other things that come into play but, as long as you can lift the weight properly, you understand that your body has grown accustomed to lifting that weight.
That’s how the body works.
You’re strong relative to the weight that you lifted.
Now, unless you want to/plan on staying at that same weight for the rest of your lift (effectively causing yourself to look the same- you want to continue to lift more weight.
This is called progressive overload.
I believe there are other ways to progressively overload your nervous system as well but, this is one of the basic tenets of the idea.
To force yourself to grow, you progressively do more and more strenuous tasks.
You do this until you reach your goal.
*I never suggest simply shocking yourself because you have no idea what will come of it. Unless, you understand fully that you haven’t been pushing yourself and will be able to handle it.
The same idea can be applied to various different parts of our lives.
*On the other hand, progressive overload is another way to “shock” the body.
If you want to grow, you have to continue to challenge yourself.
The one question I always have to ask myself when considering the idea of progressive overload and the benefits it provides is
“How do I know when I’m ready?”
Well, my friends, I’ve come to realize that I don’t know. I’ve been able to do things lately that I had no Idea that I would be able to do. Our bodies and spirits are literally amazing and powerful things.
We just have to change the way we look at them.