To the barbell at the age of 14. There have been a few things that have been a constant in my life…god, my family, some close friends, the people that believe in me, and this barbell. I still remember the words “you are not strong enough” after getting cut from the baseball team in high school. That moment pretty much started an obsession that I have to thank for a lot of great things that have happened to me…life lessons from the barbell, a career, great relationships, my calling, and the list goes on. So when life gets a little hectic, the barbell is my “happy place”. When life gets busy it does not get thrown to the back burner, it starts to become a focus, so that I can become focused. It’s not complicated like a lot of other things in life…. …400lbs is always 400 lbs. A few reasons why I love this barbell and the life lessons that it has taught me…..

• Without goals, you will get nowhere.
• Have goals, without a plan to reach them, you will get nowhere….fast
• Without high expectations, you might get there…..but is it really worth it?
• Work ethic… just have to grind more than the next man in most cases…..hard, but not complicated. No excuses
• There is someone better than you. That is the person you need to ask for advice so you can reach your goals without as much trial and error. You need this person to hold you accountable. When I was training for a powerlifting meet I traveled an hour every Saturday just to be around people that had already done what I wanted to do. I would not have reached my goals without them. I have accomplished nothing without the help of others.
• Your biggest success will come right after your next failure. Never give up
• The goal is to do what you love, but you will have to do a lot more of the things that you hate(fear) to reach that goal.
• The basic principle of program design/progression with exercise is the same as progress towards any life goal…overcome an obstacle that you have never been able to overcome and growth will follow
• There will be days when 225 feels like 400, and days when 225 feels like 135, either way… stay the course and see it through. Find that passion and be consistent because it will not be easy.
• Believe. Let me say that again……believe! If you don’t think it will happen, it will not happen. You will have god and a few people in your corner, but most people will not TRULY believe what you are capable of.
• It’s not where you start, but it’s where you are going. Find a way to get better every day. The past means nothing, live in the moment, and take steps toward the future outcome you desire.

The beauty of the barbell is that as long as I don’t cheat on it, and remain passionate, it will teach me something new tomorrow. I just have to be open to learning from it. The kid that went from getting cut to competition lifts of 425, 325, 435 @165lbs (squat, bench, deadlift) is right back at the starting line again.

Tomorrow is a new day, another opportunity from god to get better, to reach your goals. What will you do with it?

Detric Smith, CSCS, USAW, ACSM-HFI

Think big. Believe. Take action. Get Results!