Turn Off the Sun.

October 12, 2013

I honestly have no shame while training.  I’m a guy who is often ruled by his emotions and I make no attempt to hide it while I train.  I’ll strive to improve at all costs.  I’ll reach deep down and find whatever is in me and bring it to the surface.  Often times, I don’t like what I find.  It might sound stupid to you.  You might be the type of person, stone faced and emotionless when you train.  You might crack jokes or read the newspaper; which is great for you.  I’m honestly jealous.  But it doesn’t make my way wrong.  There’s room for all types of people in this world and I won’t pretend to be someone who I’m not.

My approach changes during competition mode.  Now I’m all business.  I’m there to make lifts, compete and maybe even win.  I might pace back and forth.  I might get psyched up.  But at the end of the day, my goal is to look and act like I’ve been there before.  Because I have.  During training, I was in uncharted territory.  I had to be pushed from behind by my emotions. I’ll have already lost control.  And now I’m confident.  I’m in familiar territory and it feels good.  I’m now in a place where I can measure myself against my peers.

Training is training.  Competition is where it counts.

Weightlifting is a game.  Here is how I play it.  Obviously, there will always be different factors that change how I play.  During competition, you will always need to make adjustments.  But for the most part, this is my plan.  I actually stole this approach from Jim Shmitz. You can correct me if I misquote him.

Your first attempt is for your coach.  You two have worked hard and put in a lot of time together.  Make this attempt look easy and get your momentum going.  In my case, I AM the coach, so I sure as hell want to look like I know what I’m doing.

Your second is for the audience.  Like it or not, weightlifting is a sport to be displayed in front of an audience.  There’s drama, anticipation.  Made lifts are more exciting to watch than missed ones.

Your third is for yourself.  Challenge your limits.  Try and get that always elusive perfect day.  Increase your competition total.

Like I said.  That’s just one way to play weightlifting and it’s not the end-all-be-all for myself either.  If I have specific goals or I’m in a tight group with a bunch of other guys, I’ll make adjustments.  This is just a good place to start.

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