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The Iron Game

February 10th, 2010 at 1:51 am

Perseverance-A Test of Will, Character and Common Sense

This message is especially for those who are long time veterans of The Iron Game. In your 20’s and 30’s, if your focus was on training real heavy, as mine was, you’re into benching, doing inclines and sit down behind the neck presses with some very serious weight! You’re rocked up and strong as heck, and most importantly doing everything naturally.

Fast forward to when you are now middle aged and you are’nt able to bench anymore because your shoulders hurt like heck, you don’t even dare try doing sit down behind the neck presses, but you can still do incline barbell presses with some fairly decent weight. Most isolation work kills your elbows, so what do you do? You hold on to the exercises that cause you no pain and reprioritize your favorites. For me, old school back work-bent over bar bell rows, deadlifts, t-bar rows and shrugs have become my favorites as I look forward to them twice a week. Here’s where perseverance comes in. Last week I was feeling good, focused and looking forward to a great back workout, pulling day! Being focused, no nonsense and ready to go. Talking and working out do not go hand in hand! A little joking with some of your workout buddies is good, but you keep it to a minimum, as your priority is focusing on quickness, speed, power and intensity as you focus on the task at hand. Your workout buddies understand this and give you the required space. All you want to do is bust your butt and have a great workout, everything is in order!

It takes me 12 to 15 warm up sets to get to my training weights for bent over rows. Mid-way through the warm up sets, I experienced a twinge, a sharp pain in my right elbow. I thought, “you’ve got to be kidding!” Attempted another warm up set and felt the same thing! Relax, take a deep breath, focus on just the movement. I’m telling you, you cannot think about these distractions when you are striving to have a monster training session! I directed my thoughts away from the elbow and focused on the task at hand. After a few more warm up sets, the sharp pain subsided and I went on to have a great workout! Your thoughts play an enormous roll in your training sessions. Small things such as being a perfectionist regarding exercise form, your mental approach to each movement, the “thinking of no thinking” approach to your sets that is allowing muscle memory to dominate your thoughts, all play vital roles in contributing to having a productive workout.

Don’t allow a distraction during your warm-ups to derail your workout. Re-focus and mentally connect with the movement, listen to yourself and play it by ear. The question is, “how bad do you want it?

As I get older, I accept the fact that I must persevere through a variety of physical challenges. Quitting and giving up is not an option! That is unacceptable.

Good training!

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”

Gary Lillvis

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