Heavy Thoughts: Part 1
Yesterday we asked how you guys and gals structure your thoughts before attempting a complex or demanding lift. Here is part 1 in our coaching tips to help you optimize your mental training experience.
Have a ritual
The less you need to process before a complex or demanding lift the easier it will be for you to focus on the nuances of execution. Whenever you set up to perform an exercise, make all the steps leading to your start position and pre lift brace consistent and correct. Over time these will become second nature and you wont have to cloud your mind with details about where your feet go, how the bar feels in your hand or exactly when you'll take in that last breath. By ritualizing this process you can consistently enter into a good start position and focus on the adjustments you're attempting to make. Additionally, this will increase your confidence in each attempt as you're consistently entering familiar movement territory even if an unfamiliar weight happens to be on the bar. Remember that practice makes permanent, every lift, from your first warm-up to a PR attempt should look identical up to the point you begin applying force. Obviously, developing this motor memory and routine sequence takes time and will sometimes need to be tinkered with. The point is that through conscious repetition you begin to decrease the variables and increase your chances for success.
Tough Titsday Powerlifting Meet V
To the ladies of CFSBK:
We are hosting our fifth powerlifting meet!
What: 3 attempts at a 1 rep max of Backsquat, Bench Press and Deadlift
When: January 12, 2014 at 2:30pm; weigh in and registration at 1pm; rules review at 2pm
Who: SBK women who have been attending group classes for at least 4 months
How much: $25
Bonus: Celebrate post meet with your fellow lifters and friends. Drinks on us!
25 spots available. Registration deadline is January 5, 2014.
Each woman will have 3 attempts to hit a max single in Squat, Bench and Deadlift, in that order. All lifters will make their attempts in each lift before moving to the next.
First, second and third place winners will be awarded in each weight class based on total combined weight of best lifts.
There will be 4 weight classes:
Pixies: Under 125
Broads: Over 156
In the event of a tie, lowest weight wins.
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