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Old 11-21-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
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im sure some of us have a pre lift ritual we use for a new pr. we use them to get psyched up and ready for the onslaught. im thinking about doing an article about the ritual and its benefits. so what is your ritual
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I can't say that I have a ritual other than keeping my notes from workout to workout, and making sure that I'm hitting my planned reps, or weight progressions. I don't worry to much about 1 rep max's anymore. I only look to getting my workset numbers to keep climbing.

If I think that I'm stalling on a weight I'll change my plan of attack pretty quick, and hit that lift with a new progression. After some time I'll go back and attack the set, rep scheme that was a problem, and usually blow right through the old point that was proving to be a speed bump.

I've never been one to make a huge production out of doing a hard set. The weight is heavy, I know it, just do it. I've seen vids of some guys who run around, and make a huge production out of doing a set. I'd rather not waste the energy with the drama, prefering instead to lift the weight with it.
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I can't say that I have a ritual other than keeping my notes from workout to workout, and making sure that I'm hitting my planned reps, or weight progressions. I don't worry to much about 1 rep max's anymore. I only look to getting my workset numbers to keep climbing.

If I think that I'm stalling on a weight I'll change my plan of attack pretty quick, and hit that lift with a new progression. After some time I'll go back and attack the set, rep scheme that was a problem, and usually blow right through the old point that was proving to be a speed bump.

I've never been one to make a huge production out of doing a hard set. The weight is heavy, I know it, just do it. I've seen vids of some guys who run around, and make a huge production out of doing a set. I'd rather not waste the energy with the drama, prefering instead to lift the weight with it.
very true gl, i do have a bit of a ritual, first i look at the bar and see the lift going smoothly, then i mutter "your mine", then i grab the bar and before unracking it i take 3 deep breaths then unrack and go
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very true gl, i do have a bit of a ritual, first i look at the bar and see the lift going smoothly, then i mutter "your mine", then i grab the bar and before unracking it i take 3 deep breaths then unrack and go
That is totally how I feel. I can't wait for workout day. When it's workout day, I want nothing more than to be dressed, and in the garage. It's just me, and the bar.

When I wrap my hands around that bar, it's like an energy comes over me. I love the feel of the loaded bar as I push or pull that weight. Putting new workset weight on the bar is like Christmas to me. The bar is not the enemy, the bar is the friend who makes you work your hardest to achieve your best.
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That is totally how I feel. I can't wait for workout day. When it's workout day, I want nothing more than to be dressed, and in the garage. It's just me, and the bar.

When I wrap my hands around that bar, it's like an energy comes over me. I love the feel of the loaded bar as I push or pull that weight. Putting new workset weight on the bar is like Christmas to me. The bar is not the enemy, the bar is the friend who makes you work your hardest to achieve your best.
Christmas indeed, yeah i was thinking it may be nice to do a piece on the ritual, for those who are new and dont understand what it means when we say ritual
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I'm very mellow when I go for a PR. I try to approach it the same as I do every other workout. If can hit as PR on cruise control, I know if I got crazy it would be all the more.

I'm more of a cruise control guy. Slow and steady.
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I'm very mellow when I go for a PR. I try to approach it the same as I do every other workout. If can hit as PR on cruise control, I know if I got crazy it would be all the more.

I'm more of a cruise control guy. Slow and steady.
true but i spent a lot of time on hit style programs, so cruise control isn't in me
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true but i spent a lot of time on hit style programs, so cruise control isn't in me
I never really gave HIT much of a go. I'm a bulldozer, slow and grinding.
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I never really gave HIT much of a go. I'm a bulldozer, slow and grinding.
hit worked well for a while, and i still incorporate certain aspects, but the main thing it did for me was to teach me to attack the bar
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@ the gym, I plug in my noise canceling head phones, drown out all the noise and distraction and start walking around pacing, calming myself, getting focused. I get that "look" in my eye,slap my forehead if I am really raging, and normally scream out right before or during my lift depending on the mood.

@ competitions right before I go, most of the time I start screaming and making my own noise, but not always. Depends on the mood.

Basically my ritual is pretend I am Bill Kazmaier and if that doesn't work, turn into Jon Pall!



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