I would like to introduce you all to Jason Seib. In his own words, Jason is: A Trainer, Owner of Clackamas Physical Conditioning, and Full-Blown Fitness and Nutrition Geek. My hope is that Jason’s contributions will fill the gap in my blog that needs more focus on fitness. Jason’s viewpoints are powerful, insightful, and intelligent. Being a fellow personal trainer, I enjoy seeing other trainers passionate about truly helping people reach their potential rather then just showing up for another day at work. Jason believes in his clients and in his work. Hopefully Jason will be a regular contributor to Everyday Paleo so please enjoy his first post below.
The vast majority of your success in this health and fitness endeavor will be determined by your head. If you begin with a head full of inhibitions, you will needlessly pre-obstruct your path. Age and injury are the examples I will use here, but we could just as easily be discussing an inability to visualize success due to having a large amount of weight to lose, severely deficient mobility, etc. Let’s get on with the proof.
The three ladies in the pictures and below all came to me in fairly typical shape for their respective ages, and all had very modest goals in mind. They just wanted to lose a few pounds and feel a little better. Like many good trainers, I guess I’m not a good listener when it comes to these things.
Debbie is 55 years old. She has always been active, but she was not in the shape she wanted to be in when she came to our gym. When I explained the workouts in the beginning of our group classes, Debbie was always one of the people that would let out a groan in anticipation of the agony she foresaw in her immediate future. Like most people, her sights were set much lower than her actual physical limits. This is what she looked like about a year ago:
Next we have Cheryl. Cheryl was 53 years old (she just turned 54) and suffered from low back pain for more than 10 years. Cortisone shots, physical therapy, and multiple meds didn’t help. If you would like to hear it in her words (including her description of our first meeting), she wrote about her situation in the comments of this post.
Finally, Deb (not to be confused with Debbie) came to me at age 50 and she was a mess. She was taking a lot of medications, she could hardly climb her stairs in her house, she had no energy, and she felt like she was on her way to an early grave.
Now for the results.
Debbie looks like this now:
Her current strength stats look like this:
Back Squat – 145 lbs
Shoulder Press – 67.5 lbs
Deadlift – 200 lbs
Power Clean – 100 lbs
Bench Press – 87.5 lbs
Cheryl was convinced she would always be hindered by her back pain. Here are her current strength numbers:
Back Squat – 145 lbs
Shoulder Press – 75 lbs
Deadlift – 185 lbs
Power Clean – 90 lbs
Bench Press – 95 lbs
Does this look like a 54 year old lady with a bulging disc?
Deb is a brand new person all together. Here is her testimonial and a picture of her new body. (And Debbie’s is just below Deb’s.) Her current strength stats look like this:
Back Squat – 190 lbs
Shoulder Press – 85 lbs
Deadlift – 225 lbs
Power Clean – 110 lbs
Bench Press – 117.5 lbs
Deb, who was losing her battle with her stairs, looks like this in the gym these days:
Okay, so this post is not to brag about my training skills because you probably don’t live anywhere near my gym, and in reality I didn’t do any of the hard work anyway. I wanted to share this so that you might tell your inhibitions to go to hell. Do you think any of these ladies expected to end up with these results? On the contrary, they were all quite convinced of all the things they could not do. Nearly everything I threw at them sounded impossible and insane. Please understand that I’m trying to get you to reevaluate your goals and ditch some assumed limitation, but I’m not advocating insanity in the gym. You may not be ready for some of the exercises in the videos above, but that doesn’t mean you never will be.
All I’m asking is that you shut off your head and let your body decide how far you will go. The picture in your mind of the perfect you is probably a far cry from what you are truly capable of achieving. Stop blocking your own path and who knows where you might end up.