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Break free from self imposed limitations Part 1 by Custom Fitness: Amarillo Personal Trainers

By November 3, 2018 No Comments

Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about Breaking Free from Self-Imposed Limitations. This is going to be the first part in a two part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

So, my mom was a schoolteacher for more than 30 years, and one of her favorite quotes was that children will live up or down to any expectations that you set of them. How often is that true? If we think about kids, they’re wanting to make us proud of them. They’re wanting to challenge the status quo but still have that pride and have Mom or Dad be really happy with what they’re doing, right? So they’re going to live up or down to their expectations.

The up part we get, but the down part might mean that maybe we’re not challenging them enough. Maybe we’re not expecting enough of them. I know that there’s parents on either side of the spectrum. Some expect their kids to make their bed every morning and others just say, well, whatever. That’s a mild case, but it’s still a choice of whether the kids now know, okay, I’m not expected to make my bed, so I’m not going to do that. So, they’re going to live up to that expectation of the fact that you don’t want them to make their bed. That’s great.

But, how does this relate into our adult life? Well, as we start to grow and get into adulthood where we start to take responsibility for our own actions. A lot of times our mental process starts to shut down our open mind, starts to close off our mind, and it brings us into these limitations, especially physically, of what we can and can’t do. I hear it all the time. “I can’t do squats.” “I can’t do lunges.” “I’m pretty sure if I run, it’s going to hurt my knees.” “I’m pretty sure that if I jump, it’s not going to feel good on my feet.” These are limitations we’ve placed on ourselves.

Now, there may be reasons behind this. Maybe you went running sometime, and your knees hurt, so you’ve got a valid point that one time that caused that. Or, maybe you did some bad squats a long time ago and it never really felt right. Maybe it made your knees and your ankles hurt and you just can’t do that.

My first question I love to throw at people who say, “I can’t do squats,” I say, “Can you get up out of a chair?” And they say, “Well, yeah.” Well, that’s a squat, right? That’s sitting down and standing up, and as long as there’s no pain there, then you can do a squat, it’s just that you may have had a bad experience with former technique before.

So, we work a lot on the mental side whenever we talk about training, nutrition, exercise, all of it, changing habits. There’s a lot of mental going on there. There’s a lot of psychological things happening, and a lot of times, people bring baggage with them through the years of what they’ve been trained to do before that caused an issue.

So, we want to make sure that what we’re saying no to is not being said no because we don’t know of a better way, but rather because we have solid proof that yes, repeatedly, this has caused a problem. Now if it’s once, we can’t guarantee that one time was the actual issue. Yes, the former technique might have been off for that one moment, does that mean that you should never squat again? Probably not, or you’re not going to be sitting in any chairs. Instead of putting these limitations on ourselves and saying, “Well, I can’t do this and I can’t do that,” start to figure out kind of looking around, “What else can we do?”

Maybe we can’t do that specific thing, but what else can we do that’s similar. Maybe we can’t do a lunge. And maybe a lunge really is just killer on your knees and your body doesn’t balance well, and you just don’t feel comfortable in it. So, great, what else could we do? Well, there’s a lot of different things we could do, right? We’re looking at what is it we need to do? How can we get there? What can we do?


So i’m going to end part one here. I know, I’m ending it on a cliffhanger, but don’t worry because part two is coming very soon. In part two I am going to be talking about the three B’s that I have for you to remember when it comes to self imposed limitations. Spoiler alert: there is hope and it’s coming in part two! You don’t need to let those limitations weigh you down and keep you from doing what you want to do..

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way.

At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.