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Old 04-16-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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What's your last thought before you begin a lift? Personally, I like to have just 1 or 2 technical things to focus on, and these are always the last things I think about before beginning a lift.

Bench- My last thought is to flex my armpits and push my traps into the bench.

Deadlift- Shoot my knees as far as possible between my arms, then stand as tall as possible.

Squat- Spread the floor with the balls of my feet.

Military press- super tight upper back, push from the lats.

So what do you guys think just before you pull the trigger? It doesn't have to be technical. That's just what works for me.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:40 AM   #2
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I have a ritual with my form. I repeat the same things for the big sets:

Squats - "Ignore how the weight feels, trust your form."

Deads - "Arms locked, shoulders high, lower back tight."
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:52 AM   #3
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I don't remember my time before I hit a big lift.

As soon as my wrists are wrapped for bench, everything is blank until it's racked

As soon as my knees are wrapped for squat, everything is blank until it's racked

As soon as I tighten my belt for my deadlift, everything is blank until I'm locked out


I'm weird, haha.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:17 AM   #4
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If I have been having any form issues up until my work sets, I quickly review cues such as yours. However, if all has been going well, I simply focus on tightness and trust my body to naturally perform the lift well, as I have trained it. I generally know that if I remain tight, everything else with usually fall into place. That is exactly what i did on my recent 500 squat PR.
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Several things both with cuing and visual go on a few minutes before, but the biggest 2 things for me right now are to stay tight, and then I visualize something bad, usually someone trying to kill me.
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I'm probably about the same as Shorts. If anything, before a big lift, it's something like "You've done this, you can. Do or die."
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I have no thoughts on form...although I probably should.

On the workset reps...I get under the bar, and the only thing going through my mind is "DOMINATE"
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For OHP, I like to feel the weight sitting on my lats. If that makes sense. For both OHP and Bench, I always consciously remind myself to flex my ass hard. On squats, i focus on being explosive more than most lifts, I unrack as explosively as possible and stay tight as fuck i think in an attempt to make the weight on my back seem lighter. I do this with BTN pressing as well. With deadlift, I try to physically focus on a bit of leg drive at the beginning. I tend to use a lot of back pulling, and that's how I fuck it up. Also, every time before i pull a working weight, I put each foot on top of the bar, kind of a light stomp, to show dominance over the weight.
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LOL. Or anyway, it could be words/thoughts/feelings along those lines. But I don't keep track of that shit. And truth to tell, there's probably not a lot of anything much going through my head before a "big" lift.
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I usually try to just think of something pissing me off... Then I feel even more refreshed after my workouts
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