Dylan Thacker – @DThack03
The first time I stepped into Iron Valley Barbell I was intimidated to say the least. I had only been into fitness for about a year and I saw the level of intensity that Zach and his guys brought daily. I knew that I was nowhere near as strong as them and didn’t know how I could possibly keep up. However, when we started training that first day Zach didn’t discourage me at all. Instead he gave me pointers and helped me to improve.
This continued for the three months that I spent in Indianapolis and as time went on Zach taught me that everyone is at their own place and moves at their own pace. The only thing that truly matters is that you are striving towards your goal EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
What I came to find is that what I lacked in physical strength, I made up for in mental fortitude. Whether it be interning for Zach where I would find a solution to any problem he threw my way, or in the training that I’m currently in to run a half marathon in October, it’s all the same. If you believe that you can achieve something then you will.
I can attest to this especially in the training for my half marathon. In my training plan I was schedule to run four miles. I kept going and my legs wanted to stop at six but I knew that meant walking two miles back to my car. Instead, my mind was able to push me those extra two miles and when I was finished I felt so much more accomplished than if I had stopped at 4 or 6.
The lesson here is that whether it’s in work, lifting weights, running or any aspect of your life, it all comes down to being mentally tough. Your body can only get you as far as you mind allows it.