Something to Consider for the New Year

By: Danny Vega

 

With the new year approaching, we’re all bound to take a look at next year and think about what we want to accomplish. Some will write these goals down and start to attack them. That being said, it’s important to embrace the journey.

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Most of the time in life, we are focused on the destination. If we want to go to a good university, we prep for the SAT. We hit the weight room to become better at our sports. We want the results, and we want them NOW. Truth be told, I have some big goals this year–triple body weight squat, double body weight bench, 700+ deadlift. I am focused on that final goal. But I try to remember to embrace the journey.

A good friend once said, “Don’t be in a rush to get to where you want to go. Take it day by day…and celebrate small victories (PRs). The days you are not feeling too hot, and the days you straight up suck…embrace those as well. It’s part of Life…treat your workouts like you do life…some days we are great, and some days not so hot…but we are always striving to get better.”

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In life, we have several small, daily and weekly events that translate into “wins” or “losses”. We will drive ourselves crazy if we let each one make or break us. I am aware of this when it comes to my career in sales. There are some days when I move the ball forward on every single office visit. I gain commitment from my clients, and I move the sales process forward. There are other days when I hit roadblocks. I handle objections. Sometimes I walk out of an office and feel like I did not make much progress at all. Those are the days I need to remember to embrace the journey.

The same could be said for training. In a perfect world, you would be able to see day one of your training up until now, and see completely linear upward progress. Imagine starting off with a 450lb squat and making 10lb gains every month for a year. That would put you at 570lbs by next year. For beginners, that type of progress may happen. Those of us who have trained longer know that it is impossible. It becomes very difficult to even add 10lbs to a bench press. But we must embrace the journey. If I am doing everything I need to be doing, I trust that the results will come. No one wants to go backwards. If that begins to happen, it is time to reassess training, diet, etc. But if not, we just have to stay consistent and embrace the journey.

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Danny Vega

Danny Vega is a 220lb raw powerlifter with meet bests of 640 squat in wraps (610 raw), 400 bench, and 700 deadlift. A native of Miami, Florida, Vega received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University in 2004, where he was a member of the football team and a three-time Dean’s List recipient. Vega earned his masters of science in human performance from the University of Florida, where he worked with the national championship men’s basketball team along with women’s basketball, tennis, and golf programs. He then went on to become the Strength & Conditioning coordinator for VCU basketball. The Rams were 2007 conference champions and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
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