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A Secret to Becoming Successful in Weightlifting: Your Environment
Travis Cooper

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Peer pressure is real. You will turn into the five people that you spend the most time with. If you have certain goals that you want to accomplish, then you need to surround yourself with people who possess traits that will help you reach those goals. Whether your goals are in weightlifting or something completely different, these concepts hold true.

As a weightlifter you should assess yourself honestly to find your weaknesses. Is your weakness strength? Technique? Diet? Emotional stability? The possibilities are endless, but you have to honestly assess yourself to find the real weakness.

Once you have found your weaknesses, find people who are good at your weaknesses, because guess what? You will absorb their habits. If your friends drink a lot, you will drink a lot. If your friends eat McDonalds a lot, you will eat McDonalds a lot. If your friends stay up late, you will stay up late. If your friends eat healthy, you will eat healthy. If your friends train hard, then you will train hard! You get the idea.

If your weakness is the back squat, surround yourself with people who have strong legs and squat often. Learn from those people and emulate their work ethic in the strength exercises. Find out how their training mentality in the strength exercises differs from yours.

If your weakness is technique, surround yourself with people who have better technique than you do. Watch their lifts when they are training. Ask them what they are thinking about when they lift, and what exercises they feel like improved their technique the most.

If your weakness is diet, surround yourself with people who are more knowledgeable and diligent with their diet. If none of your friends eat healthy, find someone online who can teach you about proper nutrition for athletes. Ask them how to eat properly on a strict time schedule.

Emotions are contagious habits as well. Surround yourself with emotionally stable people. Happiness is contagious, but so are sadness and negativity. Be careful with the mindset of others that you train and spend the most time with. Mentally being upbeat and happy allows you to recover much faster!

Control your destiny by choosing to spend time with others that possess traits that you would be happy to share. Learn all you can from those who have strengths that are your weaknesses and never be too stubborn to change or you will never develop yourself as a person or athlete to the fullest!

Success is a choice so choose to succeed!








Travis Cooper is the 2013 National Champion and Pan Am Bronze Medalist in the 85kg weight class. He trains with and competes for team MDUSA.


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Greg Perez 2014-02-20
Food for thought, Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
Paul 2015-06-10
Great read. Since I am the father of girls aged 3 and 7 does this mean I am doomed to being temperamental, obsessed with neon, and enamored by cartoons? Just kidding, the kiddos are cooler than I could ever hope to be and thus make me a much better person. On a more serious note, how does a father/husband/employee who trains alone surround himself with like minded people? I have found this site to be an amazing resource for not only information but also a sense of community. Can I hope to benefit from the digital connection? Or should I seek out a gym to drop into from time to time?
Greg Everett 2015-06-11
Paul -

Online community goes a pretty long way, but it's definitely not the same. But wring out everything you can from it.
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