ON SOME COMMON QUESTIONS
Unraveling The Many Different Queries Held By Both Spectators And Competitors
By Donny Shankle CPT
“A man who wants to do something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.”- Anonymous
Q: When do you start looking at the weights as heavy instead of a warm-up weight?
A: You never start looking at the weight you are lifting as heavy but, there is something called base and trigger weights. A base weight is something you know you should always be able to hit relatively comfortably and this number is determined by what kind of shape you are in. A trigger weight is something you have to start increasing your focus on. The closer you get to your personal record is when your mind aggressively switches and your focus increases on what you are doing. (Refer to chapter 12 to learn more about base and trigger weights).
As you are warming up practice moving the exact same way you need to be moving in order to lift a personal record for the day. Every attempt must mimic the way you did the previous attempt perfectly and your confidence is never shaken. Increase your aggression as you put more weight on the bar. Use this aggression as a way to get the idea of heavy out of your mind. Work on improving your base total because the higher this gets the more attempts you will be putting in at personal record/close to personal record attempts. The more attempts you are putting in at trigger weights (above your base numbers) the stronger you are getting. Never think of the lift as heavy. This is a sure way to psyche yourself out. Instead, practice consistently moving every attempt the exact same way and react to the bar faster and faster as the weights increase.
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