Workout: Power Snatch: 1-1-1-1-1-1-1
Accessory: 8×3 Tall Box Jumps
Mind Over Matter — Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway
You are about to attempt a heavy lift. Your mind is racing… “Keep my elbows up, make sure my knees are out, squeeze my butt, stay tight…”. As you brace for the lift, your mind is racing as you continue to rehearse the lift in your head — You walk up to the bar: ready, set, lift… and, fail. Now your mind is filled with disappointment. “How did I fail? I knew everything I needed to do…”.
Now obviously, we’ve all experienced this moment, and it sucks! So how can we avoid it? First we must realize that we basically have two selves. Self-one is our mind — our subconscious — and Self-two is our body, actually performing the movement. Our mind is saying over and over what we have to do because it does not trust our body will do all of the things it need to do in order to succeed. The key in this case is to improve our relationship with Self-one and Self-two by quieting the mind; less thinking, calculating, judging, fearing, hoping, trying, regretting, controlling, or jittering.
But how can we quiet the mind and trust our body to do the right thing?
Try this: Next time you step up to the bar, stop your mind right there. ‘Be’ in a thoughtless state. Stop judging yourself. As you start to think about the lift, do not just think of the lift positioning, but instead visualize your body doing it. Tell yourself, “this bar is light”. Make that your mantra, and see where it takes you. You will likely discover the governor of your body’s capacity is your mind, not your muscles.