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Same Routine (Part 3)
By Donny Shankle

All effort on your part must be on improving the total. This is what it means to always be in focus separate from concentrating on what you can do better or what you did right. During training tell anyone around you who wants to engage in conversation that you are training. Soon they will be able to feel your energy and be too intimidated to disturb you. The most disciplined of weightlifters come to the gym with their own chair and cup of coffee or whatever it is they like to drink and shut everything else out. If you happen to be training with a buddy who operates the same way, this is even better. The both of you will feel the disciplined attitude and energy radiating off each other. There will be an unspoken language and understanding. The focus will be on who is going to lift the winning total.

Training this way enables you to completely concentrate on the weights you are about to lift and how you will perfectly time your reactions. Champion weightlifters know how important timing is to a lift and avoid any and all distraction which may disrupt this timing. This includes getting rid of any training partners who are not as physically conditioned or mentally astute as them. It’s finding the “zone” and riding it. Keep in mind this sort of training is highly instinctive (I will cover instinctive training later in this chapter) and is more achievable for the drug free weightlifter. Since he or she has made the commitment to find out what their mind and body can lift alone, he or she has to find more meditative powers instead of chemicals to win beyond the statistical level.

Of course, practicing your weightlifting under the same routine each day may sometimes feel monotonic or physically hurt. Yet it isn’t impossible to push through this hurt or learn to appreciate this monotony. This is part of the maturation process and is called getting stronger. Once you feel the monotony is productive, you are getting stronger mentally and the body will soon follow. If it were easy everyone could do it. Honing your technique for instance can also feel the same way but you have to know when to do it in order to remain in the reactive state you are trying to achieve. This is what is important and not the boredom or aches which initially come with training in the same routine. Have you ever noticed people who claim to be in touch with nature are really in touch with their own mind? They can meditate. Remove the first “T” in meditate and what does that spell? Champions or people in touch with their surroundings can mediate their mastery to find a solution to their discomfort and boredom. The more you study the better you will be able to do this.

Besides the physical hurt will get better if you allow for adaptation to take place. Increase the stress on your body gradually. Give your muscles time to strengthen. Train daily and calculate your volume weekly. Use time constraints instead of the traditional set and rep scheme. Austerely monitor your hours of leisure. All of this helps to keep you following the same routine and uncover its hidden secrets while experiencing consistent joy. Going back to technique, another way to effectively apply the same routine is to pay attention to your warm-up sets and see their importance. More of the same routine will be spent on preparing to lift at maximum instead of actually lifting at maximum. It has to be this way because we are human and we only have so much energy before we hit exhaustion. The warm-up at lighter sets is when you practice your technique. It’s like sharpening the knife on a whetstone before cutting into the meat. Following the same routine is part of training. Yes it can sometimes be nerve racking but so is studying for a test or learning a new language. Like I stated earlier, it’s all connected.