Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
It’s easy to get caught up in needing progress RIGHT NOW, especially in this day and age with social media force feeding you your inadequacies on the daily.
Whether it be lifting PRs, coming back from an injury or working on mobility – slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
Things taking time and making small but steady progress is normal, and should be viewed as success!
Things stalling out and getting stuck for a while is also normal, and should not be viewed as the ‘ultimate failure’. Seeing others succeed constantly on instagram / Facebook / whatever you young kids are using these days can make this difficult.
You shouldn’t be grinding out RPE 11 reps twelve months of the year, or making PRs every single session. That’s an impossible expectation to live up to. Lower intensity work is fine, hell it’s beneficial and should be a part of any training plan. Learn to enjoy training, not just PRs. A lifting career – whether it be for competitive powerlifting or for general health and wellbeing – is a marathon. You aren’t going to hit your best numbers 12 months in. Probably not even five years in. There’s always room for more weight on the bar!
JP Cauchi from Melbournes ‘The Strength Fortress’ has a really good perspective on this which he simply refers to as your ‘lifetime PR’. If you burn yourself out on lifting two years in because you’ve done peak after peak and your body is trashed and you never lift a barbell again because fuck powerlifting – then whatever you did in those two years is your lifetime PR. But if you take things a little slower, and lift for 10…15… hell why not 20 years? You’ll be a completely different lifter – in terms of technique, strength, maturity. The lifter who has spent a decade or two honing their craft is going to have the higher numbers, even if it took longer to achieve them.
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.