Beauty in the Struggle: The Gym Struggle

Do the things that you have to do, to earn the things you want to do.

Entitlement is a dangerous mindset. Thinking this way leads to disrespect for the process. The people that get to do what they want to do, earned it by executing the things that were necessary.

The anti-rotation press (commonly called the Pallof press) is a great way to improve stability.  Whether you’re trying to improve your toe touch, increase your ability to balance on one leg, or earn higher level movements like the kettlebell swing, movements like the anti-rotation press are an essential part of the equation.  Not to mention, very challenging.  

Heather, in the foreground, has made earning the right to swing one of her primary goals.  Right now she is unable to swing due to upperback/neck issues, but she knows there’s hope. She has seen this process work before.  

Mary is in the background. She started at RD after two knee surgeries. Before Mary was able to swing, she spent a lot of time working on mobility, breathing, and basic stability exercises, like the anti-rotation press. “Uncool” movements like these, allowed her to do cool moves like swings.

In fitness, “silly things” like an anti-rotation press seem useless, but they bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.  Heather will reach her goal, because she understands that the beauty in the struggle is in finding the humility to say, “I’m not where I want to be, and that’s ok. Let me do this instead to get there soon.”


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