Work hard, don’t give up

So it’s been quite some time since we last put up a post, but I feel that we’re at that point in our training and personal lives where we can start contributing again. I can’t say how often it’s going to happen, but I can assure you it will.

I basically wanted to share with you a little story. When I started training legs 27 months ago, I quickly realised that I’d never used my legs and they were incredibly weak. I remember a friend of mine helping me to start squatting, and told me to squat with 60kg. I think I maybe managed 2 or 3 quarter squats and thought my legs were about to cave in. Legs were hard… After that I started training with 40kg and still only managed half squats: bare in mind that I weighed about 70-74kg at this point.

Time went on and I trained legs 2 to 3 times a week for about a year and half. Guess how much stronger I got? Wrong. Not a lot. I could now squat 100kg just about parallel, once. At the time, it was a big step but just like everybody else, I wanted to get there quicker. My chicken legs were still there and I could bench 20kg more than I could squat – it wasn’t good.

I decided to write a program and stuck to it. This was one of the best decisions I ever made. Having a goal is all well and good, but you need a structured approach in order to actually reach it. 6 months later and I can now consistently hit a 1RM of 150kg and it’s looking like that number’s just going to keep climbing!

Morale of the story: Work hard. Keep working hard. And you’ll reap the rewards