Why I Like Failing One Rep Max Attempts at the Gym

Ironically enough, failing my one rep max attempts at the gym is almost as good as successfully achieving new PR’s (personal records) for one rep max’s in my lifts.

Why? The big reason:

When I fail at a one rep max attempt, I realize … it ain’t so scary!

And this gives me huuuuuge new confidence and motivation.

Figuring out what my (current) limits is highly informative and empowering

The worst in the gym:

When you chicken out for trying a new PR or one rep max attempt because you’re scared or afraid of ‘hurting yourself’.

Information-gathering

If you achieve a one rep max attempt, you gain valuable new information. But if you fail, this is valuable information as well.

What is the primary benefit of lifting weights and powerlifting anyways?

ERIC KIM WARMUP + One Rep Max Floor Bench Press GYM MONOCHROME

To me, certainly the upside of powerlifting and weight lifting is aesthetic — bigger muscles. Part of it is physiological (more testosterone, improved mood, more confidence, and more optimism in life). But a huge part of weight lifting is philosophical:

What are my limits, and how can I exercise and exhibit my own courage, conquer fear… and continue to grow stronger?

ERIC


ERIC KIM 455 POUND SUMO DEADLIFT ONE REP MAX
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