You are already strong enough to lift a car. Did you know that? It’s true.
So why can’t you access that strength all the time?
The reason is that your nervous system limits the amount of strength you can use in every day life. If you were truly able to access 100% of the muscular strength you are capable of your muscles would literally tear themselves from attachment points and break bones. Having a limit in this case is a good thing!
However, the limits are set startlingly low. Most people only have access to about 20-30% of their full potential, even when trying their hardest.
So how do you access more strength?
Well, there are many different methods to do it. Today, we will cover just one – getting over FEAR.
F.E.A.R can be rewritten as an acronym – False Evidence Appearing Real.
This was the case for one of my clients whenever he went for a max effort lift on his bench press. He was only able to bench 125 lbs even though I knew he was much, much stronger and more capable!
After discussing it with him, he told me that even though he knew I was standing right behind him spotting him every rep, he was still afraid of getting stuck under the bar. This False Evidence Appearing Real was limiting his strength. Because he was afraid, his nervous system was literally slamming on the breaks and cutting his strength potential way back.
So how did we fix it?
I set up the bench in the squat rack and set the pins right over his chest. Now there was absolutely no possibility of him getting stuck under the bar.
So what happened?
With the FEAR gone, he was able to access much more of his strength potential and hit 165 lbs for 2 reps – a 40 lbs increase!!!
Oh, and by the way, he is in his early 70’s!! So again, what is YOUR excuse?
What are you waiting for?