We’ve all been there, the workout calls for a max effort lift. You do several warm up sets, working up to your first attempt at a max. Maybe it’s a weight you’ve hit in the past; maybe it’s a weight that will earn you a new PR. You might be a little nervous thinking, “what if I don’t make this attempt? Then what?” or you’re a little excited at the prospect of a new PR.
Whichever route your thought process takes, I can tell you one thing, having a staring contest with your bar is not the best idea. The longer you have to think about what you’re about to do, the more doubt can creep into your thoughts to the point where it doesn’t matter what your abilities are. With enough doubt, you can sabotage your chances at a successful lift.
Now that's not to say we shouldn't fail. Failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, failure every once in a while is a good thing; it means we learned where our limits are (temporary limits, that is). What we want to avoid is failing because we psych ourselves out. Your barbell will win every single time, if you let it. I’ve had some of my most successful lifts because I didn’t do the math on my bar and just picked that sucker up. No complicated thoughts required. I have little pre-lift routines that helps keep every set up for every lift consistent and also allows me a moment to clear any self doubt to execute the lift successfully. As soon as I am set up, it's go time.
The CrossFit Total is coming up in just a few weeks and that is a great opportunity to put your strength to test and lift something heavy (hint: it’s PR cityyyy). If Oly lifting is more your thang, check out our Weightlifting Development classes on Monday and Friday evenings where you can work on technique or execution of the Clean and Jerk, and Snatch.
David showing us his clean skills
A. For Quality:
Banded Side-steps (each direction)
B. AMRAP 8
1 DB Snatch (50/35)
1 DB Sit-up
2 DB Snatch
2 DB Sit-up
*continue climbing the ladder as far as possible in 8 mins.
Posted by Megan