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Not Everyone Can Be Superman

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Karl Gellert No Comments

The world has changed. I’m not talking about the fitness world, which might seem like it changes but mostly just rotates around and around like a washing machine (have you heard about these kettleball things?). No my friend, the world as a whole, or at least how we communicate, has been massively impacted by social media.

I love Instagram. I look at it every day, multiple times a day and I post almost every day too. Shameless plug, you should follow me @theoriginalkarlg, our main accounts, and the rest of our trainers and physios too because we’re pretty awesome.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Instagram is not a fantastic gauge of reality, (nor in my opinion, a good learning tool only because of how little information you can pack into a blurb but that’s a different topic).

Let me explain.

I once was in a group chat that essentially turned into a “What did Larry Wheels do today?” thread. If you haven’t seen Larry Wheels, he’s a ridiculous lifter, a physical specimen, as in, he’s almost unbelievable. Not only is he ridiculously strong, he’s crazy explosive and completely shredded to boot. I give him all the credit in the world, he seems like a good guy who works extremely hard and is 100% definitely fulfilling his potential.

But there’s a part of me that gets depressed about setting a goal to bench press 315 lb when I see him doing 405 lb for 20 reps.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but some people will be better than you (and me). Especially at that level. It’s hard not to feel like Jimmy Olsen when everyone you see looks like Superman.

Some context: Larry is kind of a unicorn among unicorns. I think he just set a couple new world records, with I’m sure many more coming up, but my point is that IG lets you see people doing stuff I wouldn’t have believed was possible 10 years ago.

On one hand, people like Larry expand my horizons and raise the bar. Things I used to think were impressive, such as deadlifting 400lb, don’t really seem like it anymore. For example, between this first draft and the second edit Larry Wheels posted a video deadlifting 675lb for 8. You see what I mean?

On the other hand, I’m never, ever going to achieve a lot of stuff I see on an almost daily basis. Just like the NFL, I’m not going to make the league even if I take all the PED’s on earth.

Genetics do matter. Of course, hard work matters too but no matter how many times you tell me it’s a mindset, or whatever motivational quote you want, I personally know that I’m never going to be able to do a lot of things I see on IG on a daily basis. More than likely, to some varying degree, you’re in the same boat as me.

Every part of fitness, be it lifting, cardio, or aesthetics are all part of athletics, and some people got it and some people don’t. A poodle is a poodle, and it’s not going to magically turn into a pitbull with tons of hard work.

And that’s ok. What I can be is the most jacked, yoked poodle I can be.

This is not doom and gloom, demotivational sadness. I’m assuming most of you probably have no interest in setting world records and I assure you, neither do I. But I would bet you want to look and feel better, regardless of how hard you’re pushing your potential. That’s attainable and 100% up to you.

Don’t worry about other people. When I took guitar lessons, and lamented I wasn’t as good as others my teacher would ask me “If I took their skills away would you feel better about yours?”. I hope the answer is no, because it doesn’t matter what other people are doing.

I get it. I always feel a pang of wondering if anyone cares/feeling of inadequacy every time I post my lifts on IG. Compared to 4 years ago, the improvement is massive. My work weights are my previous 1 rep maxes. My form is better. I’m on a whole different level knowledge-wise. These things take time, and they add up.

I’m more Batman than Superman (not money wise), making the most of what I’m given, regardless of what others are doing.

I’m me. You’re you. Larry Wheels probably crash landed in a pod in Kansas.

Aim high, but do the best with what you’ve got. Be consistent and work hard. Don’t get caught up in the comparison game because there’s no real winning. Have fun.

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