Last week, while I was working out, my mind wandered (as it often does these days) about my status at graduate school…
My supervisor is very challenging to work with, I am not excited about my research, I have been rejected for every academic award I have ever applied for in the past 4 years, and there have been days where I have considered quitting my Ph.D. program altogether.
As I refocussed on my bench press set, I surprised myself with how much more than usual that I could lift. My self-proclaimed superhuman feat made sense when I remembered that I did a set of negatives the week before.
In Amp up your workout! I touched briefly on the idea, but as a reminder, negatives are reps where you focus on the lowering part of a muscle contraction (e.g. the lowering movement in a push up or pull up).
- require a spotter to help on the positive movement,
- are done with more weight than a regular repetition, and
- take discipline and focus as you perform the negative movement slowly and carefully.
God is my spotter, these trials are more negatives than I’m used to, and with discipline and focus I can handle more in the future!
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)