DIESEL MINDSET Part 2
Check out Part I = > Diesel Mindset Part I
If you are reading this site, then chances are you take your training very seriously.
You maintain a very tight training schedule.
You watch your diet, eating and hydrating for sustained high performance.
You track your training results, whether formally or informally.
You take each set and each rep seriously.
And if you are someone who is serious about their training, you know that FAILURE is occasionally a part of the equation.
Sometimes when people FAIL at a lift or MISS their desired reps in a set, it can really have an effect on them.
That set can linger in the back of their mind and have a negative effect on the rest of the workout.
There’s no place for negative thinking in a serious strength or muscle building program.
You have got to move past that sh*t and not let it eat you up inside or else it is going to hold you back.
It’s time to change your MINDSET and look at failure, misses, and other non-successes differently.
Next time you miss a lift or fail to hit your mark, whether it is a squat, deadlift, bench, snatch, clean, press, curl, push-down, pinch lift, gripper attempt, etc, you need to approach it like this:
MISSES ARE JUST WARM-UPS
You missed a lift – JUST A WARM-UP – get it next time.
You didn’t hit depth – JUST A WARM-UP – get it next time.
You lost the jerk out in front – JUST A WARM-UP – get it next time.
The fact of the matter is, sometimes it’s just “not in the cards” for you to hit that big lift or set that big PR.
There are so many variables that impact performance and if just one of those is slightly off that day, it can affect your upper range lifts.
Factors Affecting Performance
- Hydration Status
- Nutrition the day of the workout and days before
- State of Warm-up / Excitation
- Spinal / Joint Alignment
- Recent Sleeping Patterns
- Recent Stress Levels
That’s a lot of stuff to have all in line. Not everyone is going to keep all of those points in order, every day and some are completely OUT OF YOUR CONTROL.
Now, I guarantee you can think of a time where you missed a lift, re-grouped, and then came back and hit it for a successful lift.
The fact is, your body may need an extra attempt in order get ready to do something amazing.
That little thing that is “off” might actually get corrected during your miss and you might be ready to set a new milestone if you try it one more time.
So does it make any sense at all to just stop trying something because you failed at it one time???
Below is an example from a recent training session where I failed, MULTIPLE TIMES, but just kept on going and ended up setting a substantial PR for volume.
I was lifting what is called a Fatman Blob Clone.
It is an iron weight that is cast from a mold from an Original Fat Man Blob. I don’t know the actual weight, but Clones are much harder to lift than other Blobs because they ended up coming out bigger and they surely seem heavier as well.
More info on “the Clone” = > Blob and Clone Facts
Here’s the video from that workout where I talk a little bit more about the concept Misses are Just Warm-ups.
When you push yourself to new heights, Failure is a part of the game.
Misses are part of the game.
However, Misses don’t have to be the end of the game.
MISSES ARE JUST WARM-UPS.
All the best in your training.