Get Ya Mind Right

Get Ya Mind Right

May 30, 2013

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The title of this article is something I like to yell at some of my lifters before they go for an attempt or begin a set because it’s an important aspect of the game. You’ve heard the sports cliche that the game is 80% mental and 20% physical or some other similar ratio, and I think it holds true for every single competitive sport including powerlifting. Your preparation mentally is just as, possibly more, important as your physical preparation. Technique is such an important part of powerlifting, that if you aren’t mentally prepared, you’ll forget to do something on the platform that can cause you to miss a lift. When I first started lifting I would create a mental checklist of the things to do for each lift. These things would be habits, whether good or bad, that I would remind myself to do or not do. Eventually the lift becomes automatic and you remember to do these things, but sometimes when you slip up you can go back to this checklist and automatically know what you did wrong and correct it on the next attempt or set.

Along with a mental technique checklist, your mental approach to the bar is extremely important. When you approach the bar there must be no doubt in your mind that you won’t get that weight. Confidence is key, especially on third attempts, and one thing that can help with this is picking an easy opener. Not something extremely low to where you have to make huge leaps to get to your goal, but a nice number that you have doubled in the gym before that you know you can smoke. The one problem I see people have trouble with is dealing with missed attempts. It’s easy to say you can’t let missed attempts shake your confidence, but here is the process in which I deal with him. I give my self 10 seconds to be frustrated with it, 20 seconds to figure out what I did wrong and how to correct it, and then it’s on to the next lift. 30 seconds, no more and less is even better, because the meet or training is about the next lift. The lift before that can’t be changed, and the longer you carry around that baggage, the greater the negative impact on your performance. I’ve seen people miss an attempt on squat, carry that miss to bench and miss two benches, and then maybe get one deadlift. The quicker you deal with it, the quicker you can get over it and move on.¬†You always have to move forward and stay positive because positive thoughts lead to positive actions. Basically to sum this all up, know your technique and know what you mess up on, and keep your swag in check no matter what happens on the platform. To simplify it even more, get ya mind right before each lift.

 

Gene Bell Tip of the Day: Pick your training partners wisely. Lazy training partners lead to lazy results.

-I.B.

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  1. Great article and awesome advice! Thanks!

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