Focus and intent do amazing things

It frustrates me a little that when I do cool stuff at the gym, most of my friends and family don’t get it. Honestly, for a while there, I didn’t get it either, but that’s changing.

And since this blog is a record of my journey, it occurs to me that this is the perfect place to post my accomplishment. So here it is: Tonight, I back-squatted 195 pounds.

And what makes it even cooler: Last week, I maxed out (or so I thought) at 135 pounds. So, did I get that much stronger in one week? I highly doubt it. I think it had far more to do with my approach to tonight’s workout.

It started with the lifting, 7×2 back squats. But instead of approaching the bar, holding on for dear life, and just trying to get through it without blowing out a knee, I took a deep breath and went through a mental checklist of what I needed to do. The pro athletes call it visualization. And I gotta say, it’s pretty powerful stuff.

At each new weight, I talked myself through positioning the bar on my shoulders, taking the weight, finding my balance, keeping the weight centered during the squat, and then driving the weight back up to the starting point. Oh, and breathing… Can’t forget that.

And it worked! So I took that approach into conditioning, focusing on how I was doing each exercise instead of just getting to the last rep. At the end, I was exhausted and empowered at the same time. Pretty cool, huh?

So tomorrow, I’m bringing the focus back to see how it works on a whole different set of skills.

Till then, G’night.


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