Weightlifting is a very interesting form of this “fitness” thing we do.
One day, it is our best friend. The next, it seems as if it’s our first day touching a barbell.
However, we always want to come back for more, we search again and again for that magical feeling of the bar floating to the perfect spot in the catch. We do drill after drill and all the assistance work to make sure our body and bar path are in sync.
In my mind, this is why weightlifting is so fun; it can giveth, and it can taketh away. It has taught me, and a lot of others, a very essential and important lesson. That lesson being, keep your ego in check. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve snatched a certain weight, but there’s ten fold of misses at that same weight. And when I do snatch that weight, there are countless other athletes who use that as their second lift in their warmup. Someone is always better than you or I. Yet, here we are, trying to improve ourself miss after miss.
Because of all those misses, my, and your, confidence at a certain weight will come and go. There’s one thing that weightlifting requires, confidence. This confidence doesn’t necessarily have to be that you’re going to make every lift. It has to be you saying to yourself, “I’m going to get under this bar and make sure that if there is even a slight chance that I can receive this bar correctly, I will be there for it.” Over time, the confidence will develop for that weight when you become stronger.
Weightlifting broken down is very simple: pull your body under an object that wants to get back on the floor where it started. If successful, add more weight and make it harder.
I’m really writing this week’s article about confidence because it pertains to Victory Kid Barbell next week, our max out week. We have put a lot of work this cycle to improve our technique. This is our time to show how much better we’ve become, where the work pays off.
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