Every Athlete Was Once a Novice

Every Athlete Was Once a Novice

I purchased my first gym membership back in March 2014. For 6-months prior to that time I was training at Planet Fitness where I currently worked. As you all may know there are no free squat racks, benches, or bars at Planet Fitness. No big deal, you can’t miss what you never had. I joined another gym based on convenience, I simply needed a place to workout that was closer to home.

Joining Fitness 19 gave me a quick dose of reality. At Planet Fitness I was accustomed to squatting on the smith machine (yes, the smith machine). I remember the first time I squatted 315 (on the smith machine) and I was so excited that I posted a video of it on instagram (@sculptedcreations). A former teammate commented on it..”Let me see you do that without that machine”. Rolls eyes, maybe not 315, but I can atleast do 295 right? Obviously I knew that the machine provided some form of assistance. However, it wasn’t until I joined Fitness 19 and attempted to free squat 135lbs that I truly understood my teammates comment. Boy was I native. The way 135 felt, I wasn’t even going to attempt to go down with 315 on my back. Its baffles me as I reflect back on that moment.

The realization does not end there.

To be continued..




Also in Sam Scripts

Chasing Success
Chasing Success

Read More

Don't Be Weak
Don't Be Weak

I try to preach to my athletes to control the things that they can. Unfortunately, we cannot pick our genetic make-up, however we can control our efforts, energy, and mindset.

Read More

Lift Big or Go Home
Lift Big or Go Home

How the first time competitor views competition day will be different than the seasoned vet...

Read More

Follow Sam!

Sign up to get the latest on all things SamStrong500.com.