If you want your squat, deadlift, clean, bench weight to go up, it doesn’t matter what the movement, eventually the barbell is going to fight back. The question is, who’s going to win?
This may already be happening to you. If you have a coach, he/she needs to know about it. This is what makes weightlifting a sport. This is what makes the transition of hard work in the weight room to everyday life.
2 lbs, 5 lbs it doesn’t matter how little of weight you add to the bar, once it’s in your head that “YOU CAN’T”or “IT’S TO HEAVY”, in most cases, you already conceded.
The bottom line is this: Do NOT walk up to a bar and kinda sorta think you’re gonna make that rep. I don’t care if you’re just training in your garage and not chasing a dream like a state, national or world record.
You need to take PRIDE in fighting and earning your strength. Do NOT be afraid of the barbell. Respect the weight, but fight like hell and don’t doubt yourself.
When you start fighting for reps you also learn to fight for what you want in life. It’s all about the strong life.
Carry that strength with you everywhere you go. Nobody really needs to know what you squat or clean. Let you friends and coaches brag about you. Instead, your accomplishments are about the changes you made to earn them. Not anyone else. Do it for yourself. It’s always about You vs You. When the dust settles and nobody knows your name, you gotta be able to walk out of that gym knowing you didn’t fold.
If you’re squatting, that weight is going up. Period. Deadlifting, pick it up. Cleans, same thing, pick up the bar and get underneath it. Be powerful. Be explosive. Be focused.
You’ll hit that sticking point and now the real test is on. The sticking point is like that bully back in the day when you were in elementary school. He’s gonna keep pushing you around until you beat his ass and show him that his time has ended.
From here on out, make a stand. Don’t announce it on twitter or facebook. Just STFU and get to the gym. Head on over to that squat rack and kick ass. Be smart. Warm up well. At the end of the day, you don’t have anything to prove to anyone but yourself. Don’t dump that bar off your back like some chicken shit. Ever.
Instead, have a spotter if needed and fight back. If you want to improve, that’s how we become a better version of ourselves. #SimpleButNotEasy
Guest post: Zach Even-Esh
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