“Lifting heavy is hard. Lifting heavy without the proper mindset? Even harder. Everyone has such crazy strength potential that it absolutely kills us (your trainers) to see athletes miss lifts due to a lack of proper focus. Sure, at lighter loads weight lifting is all about physical abilities. Most guys can shoulder press 95# over their head without giving it a second thought. Lifting at maximal loads, however, is a different story. I doesn’t matter who you are, if you aren’t hyped, focused, and even a little nervous beforehand, successful lifts will be few and far between.
For starters, actually caring about the impending lift is a must. If not, no trick or routine in the world is going to help you overcome your physical limitations. The mind is a powerful thing, but only if you let be. In order to actually be better, you have to first want to be better!
Once an athlete is mentally engaged, the tips below can be used to gain a slight edge sure to elicit PRs. Some may sound a bit quirky, but don’t knock ‘em ‘til you try ‘em.
Scream – A Jeremy Kinnick favorite and a CrossFit Kinnick staple. Nothing gets the body and mind going like a loud scream. Don’t worry, our box is loud-scream approved; you won’t be bothering anyone. Heck, it’s darn near expected of you!
Foot stomp – One of my personal favorites and probably the easiest. A double foot stomp sends a jolt of energy throughout the body. I’ve received my fare share of strange looks for this right before moving some ridiculous weight. Needless to say, those strange looks went away.
Chest hit – Also known as the Marky Mark (if you’ve seen the movie Fear you’ll know what I’m talking about). Banging on the chest will definitely wake you up. And, depending on how hard you actually hit yourself, it might even make you a bit angry. An angry you will definitely try harder than a casual you (Note: this may be better suited for the fellas).
Head/face slap – Wake up! I’ve tried this a couple of times, and it works. To each his own.” Continued…