Wednesday, June 13, 2007

No Time to Sulk

The local athletes I train go through a regular battery of strength tests (1 RM) in the power clean, bench press and squat

Numbers are a big thing at this school, likely at the expense of safety / technique

When test week comes around we are rearranging workouts like crazy

Now, w/regards to the mental aspect of training...

One of our athletes was hyped on benching 300 as a sophomore since this was the last test of the year he was talking about this for months now as he prepped for the bench

On a regular basis he would say, "Man, if I don't bench 300 on xx day I am gonna be so pissed....."

He FOCUSED on what would happen if it DIDN'T happen, and I focused on getting him to visualize and feel what it would be like since he WOULD hit this weight

Well, what you focus on grows

I have seen the best athletes are:

1) healthier than others

2) can mentally bounce back super fast and do not focus on poor performance, rather on how they WANT to perform

yes, the best athletes are often freaks of nature but health and mind set are critical factors b/c this athlete did not hit his 300 bench today, he never showed up for his scheduled training session

my feelings?

this is BULL SH*T!

Guess what, in sports and life, this stuff happens, get over it and work towards your goal with focus and intensity

skipping a work out should NOT be the solution!

Don't harp on what coulda, woulda, shoulda

Sports and life have no room for pessimists, so focus on what you want, not what you don't want!

it's critical to FEEL from your future and what you want, NEVER allow thoughts / feelings of negativity creep in.

You're too powerful for that crap!

--Z--

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