I want you to turn all your weight training over to me, he said that first day. When you’re working on your own, you can do whatever you want in terms of cardio or stretching or yoga, whatever. But leave your strength to me. This was exactly what I wanted to hear.
I wanted to be strong, so I signed up with a personal trainer and started lifting heavy weights. Every week, I listened hard, I worked hard, and I got it all wrong. We do as many reps as we need in order to get your muscles to failure, he told me. That’s the goal here: we’re training to failure. I took this in as a life lesson, and when I left the training floor, I kept lifting weights that were far, far too heavy.
What a dope I was: I was hearing everything as a metaphor, and I kept missing the real lesson. Perhaps I think in terms of metaphor too much. Perhaps I should just focus on things themselves. Continue reading