Someone asked me what I do in the gym for upper back.
The answer: Not a lot.
I’ve always been broad shouldered— even as a kid.
But I also swam competitively— butterfly was my stroke.
Wow, I just made that sound a lot more impressive than it was!
I was only on the Berwick Beach Swim Team in the summer at my ‘hood pool in Columbus, Ohio.
And when I swam the butterfly 50 meter at meets I always came in dead last or second to last!
So—no-- I was never good, never fast enough to be a contender. But, I wanted to be.
My best friend, Treva Spires, got close to making the US Olympic Swim Team. We were inseparable so I did everything she did. And what she did was practice her ‘fly.
So, I’d train in the lane right beside her, despite my much weaker and slower stroke. Treva was incredible and I wanted to be just like her.
But it wasn’t to be and that’s okay. Because you see, it was the “struggle” with the stroke that made my back stronger.
Guess that’s a metaphor for life that we hear all the time. The challenges, the hard times make us better, stronger.
These days for my back: sitting cable pulls & pull downs— twice a week. That’s about it.
So, question—and you might have to think about this one:
What’s the one thing you did as a kid—with which you struggled and never really mastered—that made you stronger in life today—in the gym, in the classroom—anyplace?
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