Jul 11, 2013

This isn’t very long but I write things how I like to read. I try to get straight to the point.

I’m going to tell you how I became a Mental Monster. I hope it works for you.

When approaching anything in life, you have to be confident. If you dont believe in yourself,then how can you expect to succeed. Others may doubt you or even put you down but if you know without a doubt that you can do whatever it is that you are trying to do then the only thing stopping you is you! The minute people start to doubt themselves is usually when everything crumbles. It’s as if all the negatives in your head actually manifest themselves. If that holds true for the negatives then why can’t it happen for the positive thoughts, right? There is no way in hell I would be anywhere near where I am today without confidence and my mental game. Knowing for a fact in your mind that you can do something is an awesome feeling. Especially when you haven’t even done it yet. I am going to tell you the things that I do mentally and hopefully you can become a Mental Monster too.

Months before a meet I have numbers in my head that I want. Every week I know the numbers I need to get there. If I was scared of any of these numbers I would get hurt. NEVER BE SCARED! I’m sure you have read or heard about mental imagery. When you go over the lift in your head over and over again so that when you actually do the lift you are not timid and it’s no problem mentally. I am no different. I do the same thing, but here is what you should do that some articles may not tell you. Everyone has had that one day where everything falls into place. Your form is perfect and no matter how much weight you put on the bar you kill it. You need to remember this. Remember the feeling of the bar, how cold or hot it was. EVERYTHING about that moment. This is what you will use as your mental imagery. The only thing that should change is the amount of weight on the bar. So here’s how I use it.

*  Now that you remembered your perfect day and you have the goal weight in mind, start going through everything in your head. You can do this anytime before your actual lifting. Everything from the warm ups to the main lift. Repeat this over and over again for about 10 to 20 minutes. You should be able to get through it 20 to 50 times. Now that its over, forget about it. I know I know. All that mental imagery and Now forget it? YES! Too much will over work your mind and actually have an adverse effect. Thinking about it all the time will mess with your sleep and in turn, screw up your lifting. Its like when you miss your last squat and you knew it should have gone up. Now the rest of the meet is messed up because you couldn’t get your damn mind off that squat.

*Another part is what is actually going on right before and during the actual lift in your head. The mental imagery is over. It’s game time. Put up or shut up! (again this is what I do) I could never lift to my potential if I wasn’t really pissed off. Some people can’t do this because their form goes right out the window. That’s fine. In my case, my form actually gets better. I attribute this to years of training this way. Not everyone is the same.

*At the meet…When I am about 2 out I start to think of something or someone that makes me not just angry but violent. Being able to control your adrenaline at any moment is a huge advantage. Now that I’m next and I have been building up with more and more anger/adrenaline  I’m just waiting for the “bar loaded” so I can go KILL! In my mind that bar is the only thing in my way and there’s no way in hell it’s stopping me from getting to that person. I am literally willing to die on that platform at that moment. If you are truly “in the zone” then you are 99% in yourself. I say 99% because if you were 100% at the meet, you wouldn’t hear the commands. I dont hear or see anything around me. I am in the war zone in my head that I have created and the judges commands are like a narrator in a movie. Barely hearing them over the chaos.

On the other hand if you like to be very calm during the lift, then I suggest trying to just focus on blocking out all the unnecessary noise and visual distractions. I can bet that if you are a calm lifter you have missed a lift before, got angry and came back and got it. So you may want to try my way. HAHA

Once you get to this point of mental control, I guarantee you will be a much better lifter and much better at getting what you want in life.




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