PR stands for personal record, and when life offers you a challenge, it is up to you to make the choice to conquer your goals or accept mediocrity.
Watching an individual squat twelve plates at the gym was awe-inspiring to say the least. This man did a squat of 585 lbs with such ease that I found deep motivation to begin striving once again for old fitness goals.
Of course the next day, I decided to do squats, one of my weaker lifts, and I progressed through the weights slowly but surely. Determined to break my own limitations, I was antsy to add more weight to destroy my PR. It was a little intimidating to load up the bar, but I started blasting heavy metal music through my earphones to drown out my doubts.
The squat began and reality set in. I felt the weight push heavily against me, but I continued to go through the preparations for the lift. As I went down, there was a brief moment where I felt my legs were ready to give out on me, and a singular second felt like five. At the bottom of the squat while lifting up, I felt myself start to fold under the heavy bar. In a fight or flight moment, where I felt like I was in danger, I blacked out for a second and found my inner strength to get the bar up to destroy my old PR. That brief moment I was given a choice to either fold under the weight or get that bar up.
When conflict knocks on your door, always know that it is completely up to you to decide whether you use it as an opportunity to conquer your goals or accept mediocrity and let yourself fail.