They call me T-Rex

16 Mar

Each one of us is different, with different strengths and weaknesses.

For as long as I can remember, I have referred to myself as T-Rex. It’s not that I have particularly small arms. Well, not in the way a T-Rex has small arms. Rather, the bulk of my strength begins where my upper body ends. My core and legs have always been very solid and definitely my strong areas. When I hear about people pushing up huge amounts of weight in the bench or shoulder press, it blows my mind.

But you know what? That’s okay! The exact numbers on the bar don’t matter that much. Well, that’s not completely true. Those numbers are a great metric for determining progress, but what those numbers are, be it 125 pounds or 325 pounds, aren’t super important. What’s important is what was that number before, what is it now, and what will it become. Strength will come. There’s no need to worry about that. Your job is to get in there, move those weights, and track your progress.

2 Responses to “They call me T-Rex”

  1. Kris Freedain March 16, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    I’m very similar. Bench Press has always been below where “I think it should be”, but over the years I’ve come to care about that number a lot less. What I look at now is not what others are benching, but, is what I’m doing today an improvement to what I was doing yesterday.

  2. Mike Moore March 23, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Definitely agree.
    Relative improvement is the only real long-term measurement :)

    But also very important along the same line…
    Absolute strength without relative body strength – the ability to move your own body in functional ways – is not very practical.

    Real athletes, including “life athletes” :), build balanced, functional, relative strength first.

    I can also say, personally, that the only way I made big gains in upper body size and 1-rep-type strength was by finally following that advice. Only by specifically addressing the little, relative things first (for me the small shoulder support muscles), could I progress.

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