When you look around and see casuals training at the gym, the word "fear" isn't even in their repertoire of emotions. They're there to have a good lift, exercise, and feel good. What if you're training to become the real deal and you’re under hundreds or even thousands of pounds of weight that could kill you? Your mind changes and your attitude adjusts. Rob Hall covers this different mentality in his latest article.
Powerlifting, and sports in general, are long journeys where growth is inevitable. We're not talking physical growth, but rather mental and spiritual growth that occurs as an athlete discovers wisdom through experience. You will do foolish things out of ignorance. It's part of the process. But learning and adjusting your approach is what makes a lifter go from good to great. In his latest article, Rob Hall reflects on his years of powerlifting and shares some words of wisdom to his past self. Check it out.
2020 is a tough year for everyone, especially competitive athletes. With shows and competitions getting canceled and postponed left and right, the uncertainty or lack of a final destination in your training can lead to a loosening of the competitive mindset. Some people can only stay motivated when there is a goal on the map. How do you keep your head in the game with no meets in sight?
You are your worst critic. In strength sports, that is both good and bad because it keeps you accountable but at the same time you'll never be satisfied. Being content with your progress is the kiss of death and the nail in the coffin. We're all chasing greatness which feels close, yet so far away. But in the end, we just keep going.
As Rob Hall gets ready for his 4th appearance in the Animal Cage, we can't help but reminisce about the craziness of his early years, especially when he did a 600lb deadlift for 67 reps. Read his latest article to see what got him into the idea of The Cage and what it's like being inside.
It’s been 8 weeks since The Cage and I can still play it back in my mind. Most people know that I was hospitalized after my event with Steve Johnson. I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, the breakdown of damaged skeletal muscle into the body. This, in effect, causes the release of myoglobin into the blood stream. My case was severe enough to shut down my kidneys. I also suffered acute liver damage due to a misdiagnosis at the ER in Ohio. Subsequently, I spent 5 days in a hospital bed hooked up to IVs in excruciating pain. To this day, I can still feel pain in my lower back muscles and experience numbness in the area. Looking back though, I don’t think I would change a thing.