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In our quest to become bigger and better we pile on the plates even though it might look as if we won't get our reps.

Pay your dues

In our quest to become bigger and better we pile on the plates even though it might look as if we won’t get our reps.

More often than not it’s a gamble worth taking especially when you conquer your fear and you lift the weight.

Sometimes we fail, only to brush ourselves off and believe again when we unrack the weight the next day. Although our ego might feel a bit bruised we head back to the gym to do it all over again.

We all have doubts when we get under the iron. This is also metaphorical about life.

If you wait until you are ready to lift heavy, longer or harder you are going to wait forever and you will never get anything done.

Our training should not resemble something from Waiting for Godot, an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett where the characters waited endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. In Beckett’s play the characters had trouble remembering what happened during each day because they had trouble telling one day from the next.

To counter this – always ask yourself what you have learned from your workout.

You can read all the blogs you want, watch exercise DVDs or go to shows and seminars to increase your knowledge about training but it will never come close to what you learn from actually lifting. You have to go to the gym and pay your dues.

We all train for different reasons but the best tool you can have when you lift weights is to develop an eye for what you do and to find out how it makes you feel.

Feedback is crucial if you want to make any progression in your training. One of the most effective things you can do is to “warm up” properly before you hit the weights. You need to increase the feel within the muscle you are about to train and the best way to do it is to increase the amount of blood within the muscle before you go into your working sets.

Take the chest as an example. Before you bench press you need to pay attention to your posture on the bench as well as your shoulder and tricep involvement. By warming up properly you will increase muscle activation within the area as well as the all important mind-muscle link.

Training to failure is another great tool to use occasionally but not all the time. You can use it on the last set of an exercise as long as it does not hinder your performance for the upcoming sets. Adding volume to your workouts will, over time, contribute to better results.

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