Harnessing Anger When Heavy Lifting.

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  1. Cyborg

    Cyborg Top Contributor

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    We all know heavy lifting requires deep focus and mental concentration.

    What do you do to psyche yourself up for a big lift?

    Do you display outward signs of aggression, such as pacing, snarling, staring and growling? What about head-butting the bar and giving yourself a smack? or getting someone else to smack you sending you into a frenzy?

    Some find it helps especially if your natty PMSL!

    Or do you just walk up and lift? calm as day?

    Here's a vid of Pete Rubish using anger for his lifts.

     


  2. Hivoltage

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    Focus on the lift and so I just Stick the headphones in, ramp up the music, pace up and down a bit then just lift.
     
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    Head phones on, bottle of sniffing salts rammed up my nose and growl at my self in the mirror, srs!!
     
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  4. Jim

    Jim 2x British Champ Competitor

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    When I usta chase the weight I'd get angry...
    Use my kids as motivation...
    Imagine I had to save em from some thing etc.
    Growl, rattle the bar, headbutt the bar... Yea have done... I dnt any more tho as I lift very diff now.

    Now I'm calm as day but am very focused.
    Still some sort of anger I guess...
    Think there needs to be a little when lifting... just have to direct it well.

    Ether way I'm like an assassin these days...
    In and out with very little noise.
     
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    I purposely stub my toe on a plate just before the lift, then the rage ensues [​IMG]

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  6. Fatbrah

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    Same as this man!
     
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  7. hsmann87

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    I never do 1RM but for the sets in the 6-8 rep range it is a bit more "anger" but not for high rep sets like 20 rep squats because the first 10 reps or so are easy - it is the final 10 where it is a mindfuck!

    Even if/when I do lift with anger I dont shout and rage about like a bellend teenager, I just bottle it up and let it out through my heavy controlled breathing.
     
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  8. Con

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    I haven't used anger in years.
    But I do use controlled aggressive energy.
    Before I hit a max set I do the following.....turn a specific song on my ipod on (I only hear that song as I get ready but it helps focus me), feel annoyed that I am considering this tiny weight to be a working weight, mumble some thing usually along the lines of "come on to fuck!" (the Irish in me lol).
    Then I imagine my muscles to be storing up energy before I drive it back up.
    I like to lift with slow negatives and control any thing else feels pointless.
     
  9. Jim

    Jim 2x British Champ Competitor

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    Controlled agressive energy...
    Sounds good... Sounds very sim to anger... lol
    This is prob what I do...
    Con has a good way with words imo lol
     
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    For low rep stuff imagine the lift, visualising the weight being torn off the floor at speed or pressed aggressively with control and ease. Sometimes whisper verbal technique cues.

    When targeting a particular muscle or going for 'feel' i just focus on the movement and tension.

    Focus rather than aggression really.
     
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  11. Con

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    I am a word smith....with very poor grammatical skills lmao!

    Aggression to me is getting super psyched, slapping the face, nose tork and so on.
    I guess the way I compare it.....with controlled aggression I can instantly relax and lets say talk to a new member.
    With aggression it will take me a little while to relax again.
    It's like dam that lets some water out but can be stopped at any time compared to an avalanche which doesn't stop easily.
     
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  12. Jim

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    Ah iv always been able to turn it off straight after a set...
    Usually because iv used it all up on that set lol
    In the past iv psyched my self up so much (again used kids and wife as motivation) given so much to the set iv actually had to wipe tears away after the set hahaha!
    But I'm no longer angry as like I say it's gone into the set...
     
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  13. Con

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    Yeah my issue with that method.
    Does the amount of cortisol and overall stress caused by imagining such a horrific situation make it worth it in regards to sides VS gains?
    I have said my self in competition for pling "If you don't get this your family will think you're a failure and death is the only option".
    Now I killed the lift....there was no other option....I also left a puddle of blood from my nose and blew out all my faces blood vessels doing it.
    Worth it....hmm not sure lol
     
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    I tend to be one that also uses controlled aggression, I tend to enter the zone and hear nothing and no one that I dont consider to be important to the lift... once I pass that chalk bin good luck in getting my attention unless youre a) the iron waiting to be moved or b) the ref giving the commands... my wife came to my first comp with the kids (actually shes been to most of them in the UK) and after asked me if I hear them shouting at me... asked her if she wanted the honest answer or the family friendly one lol... family friendly was yeah and it really helped having you there... honest was you were there?? :D
     
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  15. Jim

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    You win tho?
    We're they proud?
    If so then yea it was worth it for a one off... lol

    I no longer train like this, I train much more controlled and focussed these days.
    I think when talking assisted guys... It's fine when talking cortisol?
    But injury is a diff kettle.
    I did get progressively stronger and grew too...
    I think for me the issue was more
    The sets that followed have lead to injuries too often to make this style worth while for me...

    Maybe being so emotionally spent took away the concentration from the later sets (and these were still heavy as poss)...
    Maybe I should have lowered the volume a bit...

    I never injured my self training the extreme rage sets... Maybe I was just lucky as if I did the outcome would prob be writing off a pec or a hamstring...

    Who knows
    Never given it this much thought before lol
     
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