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Sri 2010-07-15

Could you give me some pointers on how to stop thinking while I am lifting? For example, I will tell myself to keep my arms loose while I am doing the pull and this seems to affect my lifting. On the few occasions when my mind is blank, my lifting seems to be good.

On a different note, my knee is feeling much better (as close to 100%) and I attribute it solely to your tips! I've become a huge fan of the foam roller.

Greg Everett 2010-07-15
Sri - If I had a good answer for that, I'd probably be producing Olympians on the reg. Music helps some people, but this can be a potential problem since, unless you're lifting at the Arnold Classic, you won't be competing with music on. You can also try pretty standard relaxation techniques like continuously repeating a certain word or number in your head, not related to lifting of course.Glad to hear the knee is feeling better. Don't get complacent with rolling and stretching and let it start hurting again.
jason gusic 2010-07-15
sri, not that i am on the same level as greg but i find that routine helps me keep clear when lifting... as in eatablish your body and bar the same each time. a little OCD doesnt hurt lol. I know that when i lift i approach the bar the same. even two minutes before the lift. i find that i go into "prep mode" and then the actual lift is already taken care of. I do all of the same things everytime. I grind my hands in, hook my thumb up at the same point the same way everytime, exhale and then get my air to lift. set my feet. etc. it is always the same always at the same second everytime. for me it helps keep my head clear and focused on the lift, i focus on the prep way mor ethan the lift and then i can just whip myself under the bar. the OCD-esque prep steps are kinda cheesy but it wrx for me and the people i lift with. this way i know ive done everything and all i have to do is lift the same as i did before!
Sri 2010-07-15
Thanks guys,

I'm going to try both approaches. In a month or so, I'll let you know of my progress.

Andy 2010-07-15
Sri, I asked that same question to one of my old coaches, Dr. Brechue. He told me, "Don't think, just do". Try to have that mentality in your set-up right before you lift. Repeat that to yourself even. It's working for me right now.
Steve Pan 2010-07-15
I think about food before I lift.

I also think about food while I lift.

I think about food after I lift too.
Ben Moskowitz 2010-07-15
motherf***in' classic Steve
Aimee 2010-07-15
I sing Britney, Fergie, and Usher songs in my head.
Brian Reckdenwald 2010-07-15
Snatch - 80% x 1 x 5
78 x 1 x 5

Clean & jerk - 80% x 1 x 5
97 x 1 x 5

3 sets; no rest:
Pull-ups x max reps; minimum of 10
Hanging leg raise x 10

10, 10, 10
Matt Foreman 2010-07-15
I sing Justin Beiber songs. They make me want to destroy everything I see.
Michael 2010-07-15
If I sing Brittany in my head when I lift, does the fact that I snatch 100 kilos keep me from being gay?
jason gusic 2010-07-16
these are all great songs... california gurls when playing with kettlebells
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