Imagine you are about to give a presentation to your boss. Maybe you’re pushing for a promotion or trying to escape being on the company chopping block. Your heart starts racing, palms get clammy, and breathing picks up. Your belly fills with monarchs as you try to control your nervous response. At that moment, your body is responding to the big stressor you’re facing. It’s a high risk situation and your mind treats it like you’re about to fight a grizzly. The more you are able to keep that stress response in check, the better you’ll be able to perform when it counts. Some stress is helpful, but too much might leave you babbling incoherently. 𝘕𝘰𝘸 𝘭𝘦𝘵’𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘺𝘮. You’re about to attempt a weight that is a little beyond what you’ve been lifting. Your heart starts racing, palms get clammy, and breathing picks up. You pick up the dumbbells and perform the lift. Whether you’ve successfully hit the number of reps you were aiming for, you took on the physical stressor and proved that you could survive it. Your response to stress is proportionate to the perceived threat your mind sees. The more often you put yourself in incrementally stressful situations, the more resilient you become to that stress. The key is providing that you are successful in those situations. This is what is so powerful about strength training. It’s one of the few places where you can control the amount of stress you’ll face and practice overcoming it. 𝐀𝐊𝐀 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐞. Strength training isn’t just about the stress you “release” during a workout. It’s also about the stress you conquer in the session.
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