When 1 Lift Means Everything.

Have you ever put everything into one, big lift?

I don’t just mean trying to stand up from under a heavy squat with all of your strength.

I mean standing up from under a heavy squat with all of your being.

I mean, telling yourself, before you even go near the bar, that everything is riding on this lift.

That if you don’t make it, then you will lose your job, home, and family.

That if you do, you will crush every obstacle that is in your way, not just on this lift here today, but for the rest of the day, week, and year.

Yesterday I was feeling a little tentative about my squat session. How heavy should I go? I had a lot of other things on my mind. I had a ton of work to do. Plus it was my daughter’s birthday. Plus it was ten other things. There seemed to be not enough time to do it all. Something was going to give.

Should I go for a true, max-effort attempt? Or should I play it safe and go 90-95%?

If my head isn’t fully in it, I know I’ll likely miss a PR attempt.

So, I decided to do what I described above. I put more pressure on myself. I put all of the external pressure onto this one lift.

If I could make this lift, this PR attempt, then I would get it all done, and be successful.

If I missed, it would mean failure. In everything.

This is one of the reasons I love barbell training so much.

It’s training for LIFE, as my Coach Zach always says.

It’s a way for you to train mentally and physically.

So you’ll probably want to know, what happened?

I got under the bar, and crushed it. It was a 3RM Front Squat. The 3rd rep was shaky; my spine started to bend forward at the end, poor form – but I pushed through it. I would not stop, no matter what. Not on that lift.

That lift meant everything.

And the rest of the day?

Check. Same result.

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