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It's Okay to Be A Psycho

Q&A from the Blog Squad

The following is a collection of questions from Carter, Mark, and Austin that hopefully shed some light on what I bring to Jochum Strength. The main themes throughout this are mindset, struggle, and growing from your experiences. Enjoy!

1. How do you, and your athletes, stay motivated in a sport that requires long term commitment, and yet provides small relative growth? For example, it could take three years to take your max squat from 700 to 710lbs.

Mindset is a huge thing in powerlifting. It may sound odd but it’s quite common that dark events and down times in life truly cultivate who you are. I was “fortunate” to go through many of these times throughout my life. That is where your mindset is born, but you need to continue to feed it, cultivate it; shape it into what you want it to reflect. In lifting, I truly believe that many people have not learned to push themselves nearly hard enough. They see results and they think they are working hard enough. Then they stop seeing results and they blame external factors. It’s cyclical. But, powerlifting requires great discipline. Living a healthy lifestyle, consuming a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and recovering adequately all require great discipline. Yet to truly be committed to something you need to fall in love with it – you need to fall in love with the process. I know that sounds cliché but the young 16-year olds you see deadlifting 700 lbs on Instagram fall into two categories. The first, being realistic to some degree, relies on performance enhancing drugs. However, the second, where I believe the true beauty lies, is the FACT that they have been working for YEARS already. They’ve probably been a closest psychopath for 4 years, inhaling ammonia before they could even legally drive a car. The beauty of it is, they have fallen deeply in love with the pursuit of their goals, with self-betterment, and stoke a fire deep in their belly to compete with the best.

I personally have fallen in love with helping others in fitness. I want others to succeed. I am a proud psychopath who screams after hitting PR’s and will black out for a set if it requires it. I am not here on this earth to half-ass anything. I try to instill that fire into my community. When I train with others, I want to push them to their limits – not to hurt them, but to show them how much harder they can go. Through this process, it weeds out those uncommitted to the long haul. Granted, there are multiple frustrating conversations to be had during stalls of progress, bouts of sickness, and poor recovery weeks. Yet though those down times, my mindset fuels itself from struggle. And adding increasingly smaller poundages to your total each block, month, or year in a world filled with social media pages posting PR’s on PR’s surely increases frustration and personal struggle.