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See How Squats Changed My Life and How You Can Benefit

Ever since I could remember, I had weak legs.

I could run a marathon, but couldn’t squat with weights. I used to hide from my weakness and would only focus on my strengths. Likewise, I would often run long distances and do many cardiovascular activities.

I used to get laughed at for not being able to squat with weights. When even the issue of my ‘skinny legs’ did come up, I responded with ‘my legs are weak, there’s nothing I can do about it’. Sadly, I used to think that was true.

It wasn’t until years later, when I started strengthening my legs, that I started seeing the benefits. These benefits were not limited to the physical benefits, but also mentally.

Hiding from my weakness

For years, I avoided facing my weakness rather than confronting my weak leg problem. It was the easier thing to do. This was unhealthy for my body and damaging to my mind.

If I found a task to be too difficult, I would avoid it completely. If it was compulsory, I’d delay doing it as long as possible. I thought I was running away from the issue, but in reality, not thinking of my legs didn’t solve the problem.

After deciding to face the issue head-on, my weakness has become a motivating factor for me. I look forwards to becoming bigger, better and stronger when doing squats. My results have been my addiction. Seeing what I was to where I am now, pushes me where I want to go.

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill

Self-discipline is to control and motivate yourself. Many times that meant doing things I wasn’t comfortable with. Always choosing the easy path is the quickest route to self-destruction.

Once I started doing squats and weighted squats, I realised how much more difficult I made it out to be. Yes, it was difficult, but for me to reach my goals I had to start being comfortable with the uncomfortable.

The more I trained my legs, the fewer corners I wanted to cut. The more results I saw, the sooner I realised that the difficulty wasn’t with my legs or the squats but in my mind.

“Comparison is an act of violence committed against one’s self.” Clyde Lee Dennis

After months of training, I could finally squat 80 kg (176lb for the American readers). Yes, the average lifter can lift a lot more, but that does concern me. I went from collapsing while lifting 60 kg (132lb) to easily lifting 80 kg. My improvement is what’s important to me.

If I aim to lift as much as that other guy, once I beat him, there will be another guy to beat. No matter how much I left, there will also be someone that lifts more.

My goal is not to be better than you but rather to be a better version of myself

Whether it takes me a week, a month, or even a year, I need to be a better version of my past self. This mentality has helped me in many aspects of life. I now spend less time comparing my success to someone else and more time on becoming successful.

Conclusion

My life changed when I started facing the problem of my skinny legs. I’ve started pushing myself to stop running away from my weaknesses and start facing them. My weakness became a motivation for me to get stronger. This mentality has helped me in many aspects of my life.

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