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The Day My Training Hit Rock Bottom

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I remember the day my training hit rock bottom like it was yesterday, in fact it was 3 years ago. Now, there was nothing particularly horrific about it, I didn’t break any bones, or drop a barbell on a toddler. It was just the lowest moment I’ve had in a gym. At the time, I was training 4 or 5 times per week. Just weights, about an hour per session. I’d been training like that consistently for 6 months.

But that day, I walked in, did some Goblet squats as a warm up, set up the bar for some back squats, putting 60kg on for a practice set. Performed 1 fucking squat and walked out of the gym. I didn’t train again for 5 weeks. I had a mini-breakdown. Now even writing this now, I can’t tell if putting the word ‘mini’ is me trying to downplay it or putting the word ‘breakdown’ is me over-stating a minor issue. How do you quantify something like that?

But after reflecting on why it was that this session (that had started exactly the same as any of the hundreds of sessions before it) was the session in which I gave up training for the next month. I’ve come to the conclusion that it probably had nothing to do with the session itself, and was most likely the result of outside factors. I was stressed as hell. Wasn’t sleeping properly. All I could think about was making my business a success. How to help my clients.

What took me to rock bottom?

I was also frustrated at my lack of results, I believed that I didn’t look like a personal trainer should, that I didn’t look like a man should. “Aren’t all guys supposed to look like Arnie?”. And believe me, in my line of work people will actually tell you that to your face

“I would never have thought that You were a trainer, you look so normal”

“You’re not big like a trainer, you look just like a regular guy”

“Fuck off! No way you’re a trainer, your biceps are smaller than mine!”

Thing is, that’s all BULLSHIT. I realise this intellectually, my job is to make my clients look strong and sexy and I deliver that (check out the testimonials). Also, I can deadlift 150kg. Which 90% of people can’t do. I’m never going to look like a Bodybuilder and that’s okay.

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Me lifting a weight that absolutely isn’t 150kg

 I’ll look good enough to keep my girlfriend happy, and be strong enough to deadlift the haters! Not much more that I want out of life If any of this rings a bell, and you want to get:

  • Strong
  • Lean
  • And Organised

Then send me a message today

Talk soon

Matt “Rock bottom” Smith

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