Why I Lift

Picture a superhero. I picture someone who's super strong, super fast, they can do anything. Now picture a totally normal human. They don't compare to a superhero right? They're not as strong or as fast.

I work out every single day and at the beginning of the summer, I hated it. Most of the time I go with my mom and she pushes me to do more while I'd rather just do what I know I can do. But doing what you know you can do is so boring.

I've been slashing down my mile speeds every single week since I've been home and I owe that to my parents, but I also owe it to myself. Every single time I run, I panic when I get to a certain point and I believe that is why I never liked distance running. I tell myself I can't do it, my body freezes up, and I quit.

I out grew that very quickly because a woman named Hope taught me meditation. She taught it to me for a very different reason, but I applied her lessons to running. Instead of panicking, I breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth very slowly and I tell myself "you've already gone half way, you can do it again." And I keep going. And I smash my goals.

Lifting is another story. I feel like a superhero when I lift and that feeling pushes me to add more and more weight every week. I look at my numbers and I think to myself, "wow, I couldn't do that a few weeks ago." I put on some music (Kendrick Lamar gets me through every workout), and I lift and imagine myself as a superhero. 

That positive mindset gets me through reps that I couldn't do before. It might leave my legs and arms feeling like spaghetti, but it got me through it and I see the difference in my body. I don't just see it in the mirror either, other people see it too, and when other people take notice of something like that, it feels amazing.

So what's the lesson in this epiphany that I had at the gym today? If you can keep your mindset positive, you can do absolutely anything. You can run a marathon, you can lift 100 pounds, you can swim 50 laps, you can do anything. 

This summer, I challenge you to take just 10 seconds before you workout, whether its a hike or a run or a swim or a game of soccer or anything. I challenge you to breathe meditatively for those 10 seconds and just tell yourself that everything is alright and you will get through your workout. Then go and work and keep that positive feeling with you, and I know you'll be able to do whatever you set your mind to.