There are huge mental benefits to be gained from Strongman training. When you are squatting down and grabbing a 250kg tyre, it cannot be lifted with just form. There has to be intent behind it, you have to say to yourself and your body:
I am going to lift this!
And through doing that, you find a way and push beyond what you thought was possible. After we trained, I was moving the equipment back and it felt so heavy! Whereas before, my mind was focused on the task and I managed to lift and carry way beyond what was possible to me in a normal moment.
So what is happening here that if helpful? A great deal in terms of building character
The ability to carry on when the body has hit failure, to be resilient and find a way forward is something that can help you at any point in your life. Your body and mind have such deep resources of energy and power, we just do not usually have to use them in a daily situation. But if you can call upon mental and physical strength reserves in one situation, can they be called upon and transferred into a different situation? Of course they can. Simply look at all the many examples of humans who have turned their adversity into hope and power: such as Nelson Mandela, Oscar Romero, Marin Luther King Junior, JK Rowling and the Malala Yousafzai.
The human spirit is an incredible thing and such an extreme situation as a Strongman training session can bring out the best in you
If done properly, physical training can build your mental reserves, toughen your resolve and show you just how much you can do. It does not need to be Strongman or even weight training. Mo Farah showed such strength after falling over to come back and win two gold medals this summer! Such examples of the incredible statue of the human spirit can be found in sport and throughout history, we just have to look for them.
So in your own training and your own life, where can you really challenge yourself? Do you need others around you to help you do it? Are you selling yourself short? Do you need someone to help show you how?
These are all great questions to ask yourself to improve both your mental outlook on life and any area of physical or mental training. Remember, strength can be demonstrated in so many ways: lifting weights, showing patience, enduring difficult circumstances, persevering with hope, considering others and choosing to act with integrity. All these amazing possibilities to grow and develop are open to you right now. Enjoy them.
Yours in strength,