Another gem from Facebook:
Originally Posted by Eric Troy:
I want to get something straight, because I am tired of the expectations and discouragement that people get out of it. There are NOT many many men who deadlift well over 500lbs. Okay? If you are a person who is into the strength training "scene" then, yes, you will be AWARE, of many that deadlift gargantuan amounts. Because, within the POPULATION of powerlifters or strength trainees, if you're a guy who struggled for years to break that 500 barrier, you're easily left thinking about all the people you've seen on Youtube lifting 800 or something.
But in the larger population of MEN, to deadlift AT ALL is unusual. And to deadlift over 500, very unusual. It is a GREAT achievement, especially for an average size guy, to do this, and you should be proud because yes, you have done something that not many will ever do. How you look at it depends on your yardstick, but if your only yard stick is the "strength training tribe" then, you may just want to think about getting a wider perspective on what it means to achieve something in life.
Getting past 350 or even past 400, well, that's is not that unusual but that next 100 pounds can be a killer, let alone to break through 500. The only standard is your own.
He goes on to write…
Just makes the process that much more rewarding. And not really the whole one hundred necessarily. This all depends on your strength ceiling and I've explained this to people using an actual ceiling as an analogy. Imagine that you were floating up toward the ceiling in your house. As you first begin to rise, you go up very quickly, so that your rate can be measured in feet. But the higher you rise, the slower you move, so that your rate becomes measured in inches, and then fractions of an inch. At some point, each little new increment of movement becomes so slow, that you never quite reach the ceiling! That is how strength training is, it's just the reality. This is why beginners see such great progress and then get discouraged when that rate of progress doesn't last, and then drop out…explaining why not many ever break 500.
So, knowing this and STILL doing it, is the mental discipline and self-regulation that strength training can give to you. Personally, I lift because I simply enjoy it and I do not need any grand reasons to do it, but to keep on going as you float up toward that ceiling little tiny bits at a time, takes a great deal of fortitude and it is this that is the true accomplishment, no matter what number you end up with. There are plenty of things that are comparable, not just strength training, but it is ONE of those things that people do because it is hard, not because it is easy.
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