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Old 02-20-2014, 11:38 AM   #11
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I think a routine can be very important for some. A routine gets you out of your own head. Instead of thinking about whether you'll make the lift or not, your brain is too busy thinking about what part of the routine you're on. It's all basic sports psychology.

Personally, I've found that certain things are more important than others. If I was competing then I'd want a full routine for everything, and you'll notice above that the 2 geared lifters have the most precise routines. But I'm more concerned with just hitting lifts in the gym, where there's no time limit and generally no one watching, so I'm not as concerned with details when it comes to setting up for a lift.

The one thing that works well for me is to treat max attempts just like normal lifts. I realized years ago that the more I try to work myself up, the more I fail the lift. I just do what I usually do, grab the bar the same way I would for a set of 8, and try to not overthink things.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:23 PM   #12
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I don't think we've had this before...



I'm not talking pre-lift rituals, wearing certain things etc but address that if you would like to as well.

Do any of you have a distinct set-up pattern that you use for every lift, for example with the DL, do you step up to the barbell in the same manner each time, same foot first, grab the barbell with the same hand first each time etc?



I do, so I wondered if everyone else does or whether some don't.
I do just about every lift the same every time, in the same order haha. This is true even for accessory movements but especially for squat, bench, deadlift. But, I spent 9 years in the Marine Corps so maybe I am a tad..."programmed" I guess.

I do the opposite of what Soldier does. For the big 3 I treat every lift like it's a max out.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:03 PM   #13
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I think routine set up is part of the neuro-prep for the lift...a good set up is good run up to a good lift.

problem with that is, change of scenery, etc. messes more with performance.
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Yepp, for all my lifts I have those checklists. Probably a little bit different than JB with me going raw, but they are there. I don't think I could even go up to take a lift nowadays without going through them they are so ingrained in my head.
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I pretty much do the same thing every time. But I also have a ritual of never stepping over the deadlift bar. Training and meets same thing lol
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