I Never Used to Bite Apples

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Growing up, I would always find it difficult to eat an apple (or any other hard fruit) without cutting it. It would always bother my teeth to the point that I could not finish it.

This made it very difficult to eat these fruits on the go because carrying a knife was not always a feasible option. For a while it worked, to only eat apples, pears, peaches, etc. at home where I could cut them into small pieces.

It was not until I was apple picking one day where I hit an ultimatum. If I did not bite into the apples, I was not going to be eating any.

Admittedly, it was awful. My gums were bleeding and my teeth hated me, but something strange happened after. I was ok. Nothing happened to me except the realization of how pathetic I was.

Luckily, has never been that bad since. I have been bringing my whole fruits to work in the morning without cutting them the night before. I am also thankful that it is one less container to clean when I get home.

So what is the point of sharing my embarrassing weakness at the mercy of hand-fruits?

You must work at your weak links to improve.

This can pertain to work, school, and exercise. Terrible at math? Well that is what you need to work on the most. You will always be bad at math if you just dismiss it as something you will never overcome.

I ignored the underlying problem that my teeth were not strong enough to bite an apple. Due to that, I just never ate fruit by hand. Over time, it caught up and I had to deal with it. This was all for no reason. If I just addressed the issue, there would not have been an issue.

When it comes to training, the weak links are the most important. It is much easier to just squat until the cows come home but it will never fix your cranky knee. It is also necessary to eliminate weak links in order to keep making progress in both training and in sport.

If you have ever hit a plateau or wondered why you are not getting stronger/bigger/ leaner/etc, you are not addressing your weaknesses. Let’s just say your squat has been suffering lately. My next question would investigate the last time you have done any single leg work. Probably not recently, or not enough recently.

No one has ever gotten better by just continuing to practice what they are good at.

Only doing the stuff you like to do is going to stunt progress over time. I have learned from experience that the exercises I want to do the least, are the most beneficial. Specifically, I am not going to be thrilled to finish off that set of Bulgarian split squats but they are going to help me a lot.

The take home point of sharing my story as a weakling to fruit is that you must spend the most time on improving your weak links.

You can still do the lifts that you like, but you cannot ignore your rows, lunges, single leg squats, pull-ups, etc.

Doing six chest exercises to one row every Monday for as long as you can remember is going to mess you up. You will stop gaining strength and your shoulders are going to start flipping you off.

Leave your ego at the door, drop the weight, and put an emphasis on those exercises you put on the back burner.