Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CANT "PR" Every Time

If their is one simple thing to get in your head when starting, or continuing any type of strength program its this.
" You cant PR every-time."
Now don't get me wrong I fall prey to this quite often, getting discouraged when I miss a dead-lift that's well below my PR. Or when I miss a clean that I made a week prior.
What happened?
What went wrong?
I trained properly. I ate my vitamins just like the Hulkster told me to, I used the hook grip, etc etc etc.
The answer is simple
Shit Happens.
Some days are better than others and the lifting God smiles upon you, you throw the weights up, lift the middle finger to gravity and sound a barbaric yawlp as you crush the weights. You strut around like a peacock, or do your victory dance, however you celebrate its a glorious occasion.
Then a week later you cant even pull a limp noodle off the floor.
I'm not going to discuss, over-training, or technique or setup in this post that's for another day. This day is about the mental hurdle.
SUCK IT UP SALLY, everyday isn't going to be unicorns and rainbows. Some days you lift big, some days you cant, just keep plugging away and get it through your thick skull, that as long as your pullin the iron off the ground, or attempting it anyway, its a great day. Mentally I know its frustrating but use it to fuel your desire for another day, and DO NOT sit there and analyze every square inch of the lift, because chances are your setup was fine, your technique was fine, IT JUST WASN'T your day, and that's OK, remember its called training and missed lifts and attempts are part of training, save the mental anguish for when your Competing in the Crossfit open, or when your BFF dumps you, or when you drop your plate of bacon on the floor, shit happens deal with it.
Shrug it off, laugh it off, and keep pullin.
I welcome your comments.


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CK said...

Great article and well stated! The mental aspect of training is often overlooked and if misunderstood can crush one's progress! I'd love to post this in the box just so folks can absorb it. A reminder now & then of the ups & downs, setbacks etc is healthy!

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