There are many reasons why some people are more successful than others in all apsects of life. And I would like you to be one of those people each time you step into the gym.
You can be a world level lifter without having a world record. Because the term “world level” applies to the skill and ability the individual possesses.
If a kid from out of nowhere throws a 95 MPH fastball, is he world level? You bet. He may not have any other pitches or he may have terrible accuracy, but his fastball is “world level”
I should explain what it means to be a great lifter; to know how to squat like the best, because anything less, won’t get you where you need to be, or the body you want, and it will for certain shorten your fitness or lifting life span quite fast!
A great lifter has perfect form, or tries to always achieve it when training! There are great lifters in all aspects of fitness and sport, and they don’t necessarily have the most amount of weight on the bar because their reason for learning how to do a squat properly may be different from someone else.
Here are some reasons why people squat:
- To become stronger and faster in sports
- To build muscle
- To prevent Osteoporosis
- To firm and tone the bum and thighs
- To compete in lifting
These are all great reasons to hit the iron and whether you’re a beginner or advanced, to get all you can both physically and mentally from your squats, there are 4 attitudes that must be in place.
If you can be humble enough to adopt these you will be well on your way to world caliber squats!
1) Strive for perfect form:
Not many truly realize that each poor rep is a negative shot to your body (usually your back or your knees but can also be the hips). And if you do enough squats like that, you will get hurt. And we don’t want that to happen.
Here’s a tip: If you don’t transfer weight when squatting you are doing awesome! And that should be the first point of focus when trying to do a perfect squat.
2) Be Positive:
Sometimes going to the gym can be a huge ego match and you can quickly get down on yourself just by looking at someone who may be lifting more or who may have a flatter stomach.
I won’t argue that it can affect you, but it shouldn’t. I sometimes have super light weights on the bar to fix an error or to “groove” technique, and I am never concerned with anyone else around me.
You’re doing great, and if you’re reading this, you’re way ahead of me
Also, if you are rockin’ the squats and the body, there are kids that are looking up to you each time you lift. Maybe give them a hand, a tip or just say hi, that may just make their day.
We all have to start somewhere, and we all need good people to support us along the way.
3) See your body as a garden:
If you want a garden to grow, you need to provide the right food to the earth. You would not over water it, over feed it and more importantly subject it to inclement weather all the time (lack of sunlight or heavy winds and cold)
So be sure to feed your body right and don’t allow it to see only cloudy days full of mental or physical abuse.
Here’s another tip: Physical abuse comes in many ways but is most visible in high volume reps. While muscle can regenerate and rebuild, cartilage cannot. So please be careful with your sets, reps and recovery.
4) Keep learning:
This applies to all aspects of life. I have a coach in my life and if I hadn’t I am not sure where I would be. And I continue to listen and learn from those around me.
Great coaching makes life better and makes you more successful and it is imperative for lifters as we already know that poor form can strip your health away in one fell swoop, especially if you make mistake while going heavy!
You have unlimited potential in all endeavors so go set some goals, keep them in front of you often and let me know how your squats are doing?
Here’s a video I shot with a 4 time world champion Olympic Lifter. He demonstrates, with perfection, a perfect Olympic Squat.
P.S You wouldn’t believe how old he is!