In a recent post I discussed how being afraid is normal and it can even be a good thing. This time around I’d like to talk about the other side of the coin. I’d like to reference a favorite quote of mine from Patches O’Hoolihan “Sometimes you gotta get angry! You gotta get mean!”
Great weightlifters have some similar qualities; strength, dynamic power, speed, technical prowess, a little ego, and controlled aggression. Here is an example; Lindsey Valenzuela is a force to be reckoned with at the highest levels of CrossFit. She is a games athlete and a veteran weightlifting competitor. This is Lindsey during a heavy clean ladder in last year’s CrossFit Games. I don’t know about you guys, but I get excited about any sport when the competitor gives everything they’ve got.
Let’s talk about how to use this “controlled aggression”. This strategy won’t work for a hundred DB snatches or a bunch of toes 2 bar. It needs to be unleashed on a very heavy barbell on your back or in your hands. After I’m done being afraid, I put myself into a different state of mind, I get angry. It becomes me versus the bar and I’m not in the mood to lose. I try to move the bar as fast as possible in a controlled, safe, and technical manner. It’s a fine line; I’ve seen it work against some lifters. Too much aggression and you don’t get set up right or the bar moves too fast and technique becomes a problem. Too little and the bar doesn’t move at all. You have to get tough mentally and find that line for yourself. The only way to do that is experiencing the suck and living through it over, and over again.
The point is, when it’s time to move some weight, stop screwing around and move it.
3 rounds for time:
10 snatches (135/95)
12 pull ups
Posted by Tyler.