No Shortcuts

Tuesday February 5, 2019
Ben Bergeron

You don’t have any weaknesses.

Everybody talks about being bad at certain movements, but let’s see your training log.

Show me the process you’ve been using to improve. Show me the six-week linear progression you’ve gone through. Show me the hundreds of reps per week you’ve been doing. Show me the hours you’ve spent honing that skill.

Do you have weaknesses? Or do you just not like working on your weaknesses?

There is very little genetic talent in the world. No one is born good at muscle-ups, running, walking on their hands, or Fran. Are there outliers? Sure. But 99 percent of the time, when people are good at things, it’s the result of dedication to a craft; to learning and improving over time.

Until you’ve done 50 muscle-ups a week for 2-3 years, it’s not fair to say you’re not good at them. You’re not trying to be good at them.

Fear of failure will hold you back. Work through the fear, embrace the suck, and come out the other side a more formidable version of yourself. It might take weeks. It might take months. It might take years. You can get better, but there are no shortcuts.