Reflections on life and lifting from Power Monkey Olympic Weightlifting Coach and Director of Clinics Mike Cerbus:
PRINCIPLES: THE REALIZATION:
As I travel more—and the more that I teach Weightlifting to eager learners—I am finding a renewed affirmation that this sport gives us all a practical application of universal principles.
THE COMMON FAULT: BUSYNESS
By making technique and training too “busy”, we find the same mistakes and stress that busyness pushes into our lives outside of the gym. To maximize our potential in training—and in life—we must slow down, focus on the details of the moment, and take ownership within our process.
MAXIMIZING POTENTIAL: BELIEVE
This method is a pillar of strength that Power Monkey stands on when teaching skills and exposing our interdisciplinary practices to the fitness community. We believe in a holistic approach to teaching that connects to the individual learner and meets that learner at whatever point of their journey we find them.
All of us have the potential to live and train at a higher level. There is a method to the pursuit of potential, and it starts with slowing down and believing in your process.
QUESTION: ARE YOU READY TO GROW?
How often do you find yourself overwhelmed with the complexity of a snatch or other skill during a training session? I think this can be a metaphor, for us all, in how life can get overwhelming. We begin to just repeat mistakes and “try harder”.
To try harder, train harder, and add "more" has become what I see happening too many times for many people in the gym. This becomes an overwhelming cycle of repeated mistakes and lower expectations...
Or there's the alternative, where I see someone completely avoid a skill, like the snatch, due to fear or lack of confidence.
DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
Maybe this applies to a certain skill in your training—or, it speaks to things you're dealing with outside the gym. Regardless of the setting, frustrations and busyness are ultimately where we can miss the purpose and the process. We get caught up in time and numbers, but we forget to take smaller steps and embrace the present moment.
Whether this moment is full of success or loaded with struggle, it is OUR moment and we can always maximize it for progress.
I am certain, more now than ever, that slowing down and simplifying is the best practice to put into your routine.
These principles can serve us all inside and outside of the gym. So, identify your area of need, take your time to find a better quality of action, and then be consistent!