As you can tell from the title of this post, the number “2” is of utmost importance. It not only symbolizes the topic of this post and the mindset of a person, but also the reps missed for the DVRT Fit Test as part of the DVRT Level 1 Certification course I attended this past weekend in Green Bay. It was a full Sunday as I got up at 4 am and arrived back home just after 10 pm and full of new knowledge to help fulfill my mission to inspire and educate others on how to better their lives by helping them move better, feel better, and look better.
Before I talk about how the number 2 can change the way you think, I have to give a quick shout-out to the DVRT Family which includes the other members of the course and the DVRT Master trainers that helped instruct the course, which included DVRT creator, Josh Henkin. By the way, DVRT stands for Dynamic Variable Resistance Training and it’s changing the way we do fitness and get results because it’s a system that helps the body move better in life and sport rather than another program that makes you better only in the gym. It was the best certification/workshop I’ve ever attended.
Now back to the number 2 and why number 2 is so important to this post. I touched on it earlier, but part of the DVRT Level 1 Certification is a DVRT Fit Challenge which includes 5 minutes of a USB Clean and Press at a certain weight and reps all based on your body weight.
Per my body weight, I had to perform 50 reps of the Ultimate Sandbag (USB) Clean and Press in 5 minutes with a 60 lb USB. I had 48 reps with 50 in sight as time hit 4:54, but I had no gas left in the tank and I missed the clean to the rack position on the last 2 reps. I was toast.
Burnt toast, actually.
To see what this phenomenal exercise is all about, just check out this video:
But I was happy for 2 reasons (see, there’s that number 2 again). I was happy because I was unable to train for the Clean and Press Challenge the previous 4 weeks due to some significant imbalances in my right shoulder/shoulder blade area (thoracic spine) as well as some gnarly ulnar nerve irritation due to my movement imbalance, but I still performed at an admirable level. Secondly, it made me appreciate where I am at a fitness level as I haven’t competed for any type of test/challenge/assessment in quite some time.
But here’s the real kicker: I don’t consider my not passing the Challenge a failure.
This is where the bulk of my thought process for this post was created because a lot of people would look at that as a failure. Sure, I’m upset- I missed the Challenge by 2 reps!! However, rather than looking at it as a failure, I am looking at it as a learning opportunity (as ALL “failures” should be considered, by the way).
I learned that I need to get stronger. I learned that I need to get better technique (I nicked up my shins and knuckles quite a bit). I learned that I am in good enough shape to step into a prestigious Challenge such as the DVRT Clean and Press Challenge and still come out smiling (and nearly passing). I am humbled with my overall fitness level, yet I know there’s still work to be done!
My goal is to re-test within the next week and get 50 in 5 minutes. Another goal is to hit 65 in a 5 minute span over the next 6 weeks of training through the DVRT system. Then I plan on doing the 80 lbs bag for 40 reps in 5 minutes.
In fact, I am so determined on accomplishing the first of these 3 goals that as soon as I was done with my Challenge I grabbed the very same USB I had used and brought it over to my station and trained with that USB the rest of the afternoon…I then purchased that same USB and brought that sucker back to Unity Fitness so I can re-test with it as well!
There’s moments in our lives where we feel deflated, even defeated. A lot of times it’s when we feel like we’ve “failed.” I put failed in quotation marks because I don’t look at anything as a failure anymore. And when I say “anything” I honestly mean ANY-THING!
I had this mindset shift a couple years ago when I was investing my time into a bunch of professional development books, seminars, and podcasts as I was developing Unity Fitness. Failure is nothing more than a learning opportunity for me now. Life has been much, much better this way and I have become much more successful as a person and business owner. Not only am I accomplishing more, I’m also experimenting more and learning more (if you’re paying attention, this means I’m “failing” more).
I fail every day and I’m proud of it!
Most people don’t take the next step because they’re afraid of failure, so they’d rather not do anything at all, which happens to leave them in the exact same position they are in in the first place. You can see how you can get nowhere really fast. The feeling of fear is internally created, of course, as it is fueled off of possible humiliation, embarrassment, and shame. Essentially this makes you your own worst enemy.
I didn’t always used to think like this. I used to be afraid of trying anything new or doing too much of something due to being afraid of failure. It wasn’t until I started learning about how regular of an occurrence failure is in everyday life that I started to accepted failure as a normal outcome. I had to learn something from my journey though, that was absolutely certain.
So here’s how I want to help:
I ask you to take these two actions the next time you don’t do something because you’re afraid to fail: 1) Challenge yourself to do it anyway. By not doing it you are simply accepting complacency upon yourself. You are settling. In order to change whatever it is that you want changed you’ll need to take that scary step forward. You’ll figure it out as you go. You always do!
Let’s say you do this and you end up “failing.” I then challenge you to 2) Learn from the process aka your journey. What can you learn from the moment in time to help make you better? There’s always something!
Use this challenge to help you start learning more and doing more. You can apply this challenge to anything you want; it doesn’t have to be involved with your health and fitness. The best part is that you can take action on this almost immediately, so application is seamless. Let me know how it goes!
Yours in health and fitness,