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From One Strength Sport to the Next…

Transitioning from one sport to the next, even XYZ or because you have previously assumed the new sport would be easier than the current and that dear friends is a huge miscalculation to say the least. We might imagine things to go that way because we have yet to really experience it.

Dabbling in different sports at different times can steadily increase your versatility as an athlete and expand on your current strength baseline as you learn new terms, techniques, and sport specific movements. It is when you are not willing to lean into the requirements of that sport (learning to pose for BB, learning to clean for weightlifting, learning to run with odd objects in strongman) that you set yourself up for not only a less than optimal experience, but you could potentially ruin the way you view the new sport in your minds eye because YOU didn’t do the work for the thing YOU said you wanted. That being said this is not an encouragement to dabble in multiple sports at once, this is an encouragement to take on new challenges when the time and effort warrants it.

Stepping into a bodybuilding program after having just maintained a heavier weight to remain competitive in a strongman show can be mentally and physically challenging for sure. The diet, amount of training, amount of cardio, and overall routine is new and brings new challenges and lessons into the picture. Strongman like other strength sports requires constant adaptability, hard work, and of course muscle mass, however the muscle mass here has no aesthetic expectations. Bodybuilding requires a different kind of focus and clearly defined aesthetically pleasing muscle mass with as minimal body fat as possible. Both sports require strength and drive, they just require different finite details to make the end goals come together fluidly. The transition whether permanent or temporary is going to bring some hunger and some lost PR numbers during the prep period and that’s OK! New sports require our full attention and when we give it as much we can see exactly how well fitted or unfit we are for that realm.

Assuming one will be easier than the other is relative to each athlete. Some try a new sport once and that becomes their sport for life, whereas others try out a sport once and realize that is not necessarily their niche. Who knows maybe you’ll respect the newer one but ultimately revert back to the one you know more for a multitude of reasons.

The primary take away is this: you cannot give half of yourself to anything and expect to truly love the final outcome you receive from the work you hardly put in. Take risks and try new things but do it when it’s appropriate for you and only you. While some can see your potential and encourage you to reach for the stars, no one can do the work, put in the hours, cut the carbs, or commit to the journey for you. Transition in and out of whatever makes you happy just remember to drop your assumptions at the door. Become the athlete that different coaches want to work with because you can be taught, you will do the work, and you have the intention to learn from the experience.


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