The Sticking Point

When you’re really testing yourself with a tough set of squats, there’s a sticking point.

You’re going to go down to the bottom, and hit it about halfway of the way back up.

At this point, your ‘regular’ strength has stopped working, because the bar stopped moving up.

And it it’s heavy, it’s going to start to go back down, very soon.

But not yet, because you’re still pushing up, so it’s temporarily suspended.

You’ve got about one second to make a choice, and there are only two possibilities:

  1. You’ll give up, and let the bar crash back down to the floor or rack.
  2. You’ll push through, with all of your might, and get that bar to resume its upward path, through sheer determination, and an unrelenting willingness to let it go back down.

I’ve hit this sticking point hundreds of times, and I can unequivocally state that this choice is usually made before you ever touch the bar in the first place.

You don’t just decide in the middle of a tough squat that you’re not going to give up. You decide before you start.

Now, I generally have a subtle style of writing, but I’m going to punch you in the face with this one:

It applies to everything in your life.

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