On Monday morning, we had a new patient reschedule to another time... So I used that time to get stronger. Sometimes you have to find the time to fit your exercises in. Am I right? It is not always easy, but it is necessary! On those long days in the office, it is even more important to take advantage of that time. So I did a quick warm-up and then did some Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats (that is a mouthful, so we will refer to them as RFESS from now on!) I have done these in the past using the kettlebell, but I decided to add some more resistance and use the barbell for this set. My first set was light and easy, and I was using the extra reps to groove the movement. Then I gradually increased the weight, and gradually lowered the reps in each set. Until... the bar had 135 lbs on it. At this point I was chasing my max, a 1 Rep Max. My first rep with my right leg required a little fight, but I was able to stand it up. Then it happened. The right foot was on a bench, and all of the weight was on my left foot. As I started to stand up, I quickly realized that my left leg did not possess the strength required to stand it up. Instantly, my right foot hit the floor and I used both legs to stand up the weight. I then re-racked the bar, and realized that I had missed that lift. Despite the failure, I still felt proud. I had pushed myself to the edge.
In order to know what we are capable of, sometimes, we need to push the envelope!
My failure is not the end of the story though... You see the camera was rolling while I did that final set. In the moment, there was a little hesitation as to what to do with the video. Would you delete it OR share it? While, it was a moment of weakness and vulnerability, it was also a moment of strength. We must take the time to learn from those failures... so it was shared on social media, with the hopes that others would see that it is OK to fail today, as long as you get back after it tomorrow.
Movement is my medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam