I had to find my why.
I felt stagnate. The pursuit of lifting heavier and heavier weights had become less appealing.
After I hit my tripe bodyweight deadlift (500lbs), the toll it had taken on my body caused me to question my assumptions on whether or not it was worth it. Joint pain, perpetual soreness, and a long series of daily mobility and release exercises had robbed me of my time.
Why was I doing this? Although I would never take back the 19 years of heavy weight training I had endured, I wanted something more. I asked myself: is there a greater purpose to the way my mind and body interact?
I had a realization: what am I even training for? There is nothing wrong with strength training as a primary means to keep the body healthy, but I was strong enough. Capable enough. More importantly, I was bored.
It was then that I decided I needed something new. I admit being fearful of starting over, being a beginner, and stepping outside my comfort zone. But to ensure longterm happiness and mental challenge, I embraced the suck and took up one of man’s hardest sports: rock climbing.
It has been 7 months since I got serious and stepped on to the wall. Where I once over gripped the holds, burnt out my forearms, and grunted to get higher, I have learned to move my feet and dance up the wall.
Like a game of chess, climbing is strategic: where do I shift my leverage? Where do I get tight and stay loose? What is the most efficient way to progress, train, and recover from the sport?
I found an intense desire to watch better climbers, find training partners, and study the training strategies of the sport.
But more importantly, I repurposed my why. I saw that my fear had held me back, that I had stayed in the comfort of the iron. What I needed was granite. A permanent stone was the way to capture my fondness of nature, camaraderie with other athletes, and my connection to my mind and body.
So what is your why? Do you cling to what you’ve always done? Does this best serve your time? What are you afraid of?
I tell you this: challenge your assumptions. What is not serving you is not inspiring others. The iron will always be there and will always assist my strength and recovery. But the granite is a fixture of progression, growth, and connection.
Find YOUR granite.