Mind Your Own Barbell

Mind Your Own Bar | StephGaudreau.com

Oh the barbell.

Easiest way to feel great – or horrible – about yourself. 

The solution: mind your own barbell. 

This is something I’ve struggled with / worked on a LOT as an athlete, so please don’t think I’m getting all preachy here. It’s something that competitive, athletic people often deal with, myself included. 

When you’re pushing your limits, training hard, and entering into competitions, you inevitably, usually, at some point will stop and compare yourself to others. It’s human nature. 

Why is she stronger? Why is he faster? Why haven’t I hit a PR in this workout when everyone else did? See what I mean?

As hard as it is, MYOB(ar).

You’re comparing your performance to someone who’s not you, and a person’s unique mix of circumstances cannot be replicated by you, even if you following the same programming, work out at the same gym, compete in the same weight class, etc. 

Your age, years of experience, proportions of different muscle fiber types, ability to recover, diet, sleep, life stress, ability to deal with volume and intensity, are ALL different. Even your ability NOW compared to your ability last month, last year, or five years ago may be different. 

So what’s the best way to MYOB? Start keeping a log of YOUR progress. Your best lifts. Your training plan. Your mood. How you feel. It’s the best data you’ve got. 

Does this mean you can’t be motivated by others around you? Hell no. It just means to stop and think clearly about stuff when you want to beat yourself up for not measuring up to others.

What do you think about minding your own barbell? Leave your comments below!

Strength Training…Not Just for Meatheads Anymore

Strength Training: Not Just For Meatheads  | StephGaudreau.com

Strength training. It’s not just for meatheads anymore.

If you want to lose body fat and gain muscle mass, move heavy weight.

If you want to improve your metabolism, move heavy weight.

If you want to look good naked, move heavy weight.

If you want to skyrocket your self-confidence, move heavy weight.

What’s “heavy” will depend on your experience level and progression but know that if you only keep lifting the same light weights, you won’t continue to get stronger and the improvements you did see when you started lifting won’t continue. The body constantly adapts and gets stronger and so we must continue to stretch ourselves and see what’s possible. In other words, tiny dumbbells aren’t gonna cut it. Yes we all need to start somewhere but the key is not staying there long.

Bottom line: if you’re trying to come to a healthier body comp, focus on your performance. Challenge yourself. Lift heavy weights a few times a week. The body you want will come as a result of focusing on the right things like nourishing your body, sleeping plenty, moving smartly and taking time to relax and destress.

Here’s me doing some heavy front squats for sets of 2. It doesn’t take much. This medicine is powerful and efficient!

Questions about strength training? Leave them in the comment section below!