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You Don’t Have to be “Good” to Succeed

Two of the most common questions we get in our initial coaching calls are:

  • Is everyone here young and super fit?” and
  • What if I’m not good at it?

Here are some easy answers…

No, everyone here is not young or “super fit.” Some people have visible muscles, some don’t. Some are really talented lifters, some aren’t. Some compete, most don’t. There are big people, small people, fat people, thin people, young people, and seasoned veterans. Some have been lifting for years, some are re-starting after months or years off, and others are just getting started for the first time.

We know that “gymtimidation” is real, and your hesitations about jumping into a strength program are totally valid. It can be scary! But we’re here to help. We’re just a bunch of people who like being in the gym, lifting things, and chugging along toward our goals. 

As for your own abilities… Here’s the real honest truth: It doesn’t matter if you’re “good at” lifting. Seriously. Just show up.

The most important things are that you’re moving your body, making progress toward your personal goals, and having fun at the gym. And the truth is that you can be an objectively terrible lifter and still accomplish all those things.

Some of our members are training to compete, whether in a strength sport or something outside the gym. Those people need to be “good at” lifting because their personal goals require it. So if you want to compete, we can do that. You don’t have to be good when you start – or know anything at all actually – and we’ll give you the tools and guidance you need to improve.

If your goals are to be generally strong, healthy, and functional for your day-to-day life, you don’t need to be good at lifting. You *do* need to know how to move safely and efficiently. And you *do* need to be consistent in your training. But that’s it. Just show up, try your best, and have a good time.

Just by showing up and putting in some effort, you’ll get incrementally better every session. Will you become a strongman national champion? Maybe! (We do have one of those.) But probably not. Will you feel more confident, be more independent, and become more physically and mentally resilient? Absolutely!

And what’s more important than that?

Your starting point doesn’t matter, and you don’t have to be “good at” this to succeed. Progress is success. And to make progress you just have to show up and try. However you are now is totally fine. Big, small, strong, weak… whatever. Just show up. 

Step 1 is a free 15-minute coaching call or meeting. We’ll chat about where you are now and where you want to go. Then we’ll make a plan together to get you there. That’s all there is to it. Click here to book with a coach or email us at [email protected]. Whether you end up being “good at” lifting or not, we’re here for it, and we’re genuinely excited to hang out with you (and lift some stuff).

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