So I was taking a weirddd trip down memory lane this morning going through old Facebook pics...yikes how times have changed 😬😂 Lemme give you guys a little context: on the left was December 2011 on a cruise, a few months after I did my first powerlifting competition. On the right was July 2017 from a photoshoot in Miami, when I was in the best shape of my life. It's funny because believe it or not, I did in fact LIFT in the pic on the left, even though I clearly didn't look like it 😂Basically I was really strong for my size - I competed in the 165 weight class with a 385 squat/285 bench/465 deadlift. But allll I did was lift heavy. Zero cardio, zero aesthetics, zero flexibility/mobility, no definition in my entire body, knew nothing about proper nutrition or supplementation. I mean yea, it was fun lifting heavy & cool being strong, but isn't it ridiculous to be 24 and struggle to get out of bed every morning because my joints hurt and my back was killing me? .
The point is, you can focus all your attention & energy on a certain attribute & get pretty damn good at it - but at the expense of other categories. We only have so much energy to go around, and you can't be great at everything at the same time (unless you're a 1 in a billion freak of nature like LeBron James). However, you CAN be great at 1 or 2 things, and still be good or at least acceptable in other areas. It takes a lot of time & work, but it definitely can be done. It comes down to consistently taking steps in each category every day. For example, I'd rather be 80% as strong as I used to be, but have more muscle, be leaner, and look & feel a hell of a lot better. I think that's a solid tradeoff. So yes, I believe it's important to be well-rounded, in fitness and in life. It always comes down to balance. Focus on one thing, and other things will surely be sacrificed. .
What do you guys think of this? Do you want to be great at one thing and sacrifice everything else, OR be well-rounded in fitness and in life? Let me know in the comments below! .