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Conventional thinking is holding you back.

 

Some voice inside your brain is preventing you from running 10 second faster, moving 5lb more weight, lasting 200m longer, getting 15 more reps, saving 20 calories, you name it.

 

The voice is telling you that your body can’t do it. But that voice lies.

 

Do you know the story of the 4-minute mile? It goes something like this:

 

Before 1954, no one could run a mile in under 4 minutes. There are accounts that date back to the late 1800’s of runners taking their best shot at beating that mark. There are coaches that spent their entire careers trying to develop a runner to be that fast. There are scientists who devoted years to studying the perfect conditions for getting a human body to move at that pace. 

 

Before 1954, they all failed.

 

But then, on May 6th 1954, a British man by the name of Roger Bannister did it. It was a cold day, on a muddy track, and he ran a mile in 3 minutes, 59 seconds and 4/10th of a second.

 

The story of Bannister himself is worth the read. But the truly fascinating part is what happened AFTER he ran that historical race.

 

Within 46 days, Australian John Landy ran a mile in 3 minutes and 58 seconds.

 

Within a year, 3 different runners beat the 4-minute barrier IN THE SAME RACE. The rest is history. A history of thousands of runners who have run sub 4-minute miles in the last half century or so.

 

The human body did not exponentially evolve in speed in a few decades. No, that’s not what happened. A psychological barrier was broken. Up until that point, they were shackled by what they thought was possible. But the sheer knowledge that it could be done enabled so many hopefuls to get it done.

 

Remember this when you take on your next challenge. Remember it when you put your hands on the barbell before that PR lift, or when you’re about to start a WOD that you’ve done before.

 

Your body is capable of going further. The voice inside your head just doesn’t know it yet.