Building up a Weakness

I just have a thought to share real quick because it’s something I think we can all relate to on some level…

I think that despite our insecurities, all the things we see as flaws in ourselves, there’s that one physical feature we have that we love about ourselves.

For me, it’s my legs. Specifically, my calves. No matter how bad I’m feeling about myself, I can look down and be like “Well, at least I have rocking calves!!” I get complimented on them a lot. I used to get embarrassed and try to brush it off, but I’ve tried to accept compliments so now I’ll say something along the lines of “I know, right? Thanks!”. It might sound stuck up, but why should I brush off a compliment?

My daughter has my legs. I keep telling her that some day she will thank me for them. I don’t think she quite understands what that means, but some day she will!

Okay, now to my point. Because my calves have always looked awesome, I never really took time to do movements that specifically target them. I can do squats, deadlift, and lunges all day, and yeah they work the calves a little, but not nearly as much as they need. In the past, I might throw in a few calf raises, but it was never a priority.

Well, I’ve been trying to do more the past couple of weeks. I think my sub-conscious mind was telling me that if I wanted to really improve my strength, I needed to make sure everything was strong! But I wasn’t fully committed. It was still one of those things I might work in if I felt like it, but even then I would kind of do the bare minimum.

This weekend, my husband and I went to the gym together and he showed me a workout with one of the calf machines that he was shown. It’s a machine that I kind of wanted to stay away from. I think I was intimidated by how it looks or something, I don’t know. I did a few sets of this workout he showed me.

It. Was. Awful!

I had to pause because I almost got leg cramps! I couldn’t hold it very long. I hated it.

That was only the beginning. That happened on Saturday. It’s Wednesday today, and my calves still hurt!! It hurts to straighten my legs all the way. It’s affected some of my other workouts. And I’m going to do it again today.

As much as this has sucked, it’s shown me how weak my calves are. Yeah, they’re smoking hot, but they’re weak. I like muscle asthetics, but I’m also a big believer in functionality. My calves may help me rock a pencil skirt, but they’ve also been holding me back.

Now that I look back, how much stronger would I be if I had been working on them this whole time? What other muscles am I neglecting? How can I best utilize everything?

The point is, I think we all have some sort of weakness that we think is really a strength. It doesn’t matter if it’s something with our body, or our skills. I think we all have something in our life that we may be good at, but maybe some fundamental is missing. Maybe we’re not utilizing a skill as well as we could.

So, if you’re still reading this, think about what areas in your life you may be weak in. What can you strengthen?

I would love to hear some feedback!!

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