LIFT LIGHT WEIGHTS LIKE THEY ARE HEAVY AND HEAVY WEIGHTS LIKE THEY ARE LIGHT.
- Get your mind right. Quit goofing around with buddies in the gym. Make sure the coast is clear around you.
- Set your foundation: Grip is right. Footing is right.
- Prepare your body by taking out “the slack.” Be tight. Pretend you’re already lifting the weight before you ever lift the weight.
- Create intra-abdominal pressure.
Malcolm Gladwell said that you have to spend 10,000 hours studying/practicing to become an expert.
In weight training, all reps are NOT considered equal. It isn’t 10,000 reps that makes you an expert. It’s 10,000 GREAT reps that makes you an expert.
Building a consistent movement pattern will create the muscle memory that you’ve no doubt heard of. Having the muscle memory will allow you to spend conscious brain power on improving your lift, rather than trying to focus on something new simply because your stance changed again for the 5th time this week.
That being said, sometimes it’s important to make a change to your stance, due to injury or you learned a new, more efficient way to move. That’s a normal part of the learning & improvment process, and is outside the scope of this post.