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The Iron Game

January 2nd, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Quest For The Perfect Movement

Guys, I’ve been weight training for a long time, 43½ years and I am still learning, still discovering new things. What I discovered recently was a small subtle change involving one’s descent from an upright starting position down to the bar as you execute a sumo deadlift. This new found discovery goes something like this: Under normal circumstances certain exercises need to be attacked with flat out gut wrenching desire, enthusiasm and effort! Sumo deadlifts require that you set your feet, arch your back and it’s all about “gripping and ripping.” A quick descent grip pull like hell and visualizing shoving your feet through the floor. On a number of enthusiastic attempts I’ve missed the bar, jammed my fingers on the bar or pulled so hard that I lost my balance during the completion of the lift! Many of you can identify with this kind of effort.

Three deadlift workouts ago, I slowed my descent to the bar just a little bit. The end result was a feeling that was profoundly different than the normal reps. Not that the normal approach of attacking the bar was wrong. Heck, I’ve been attacking sets for years! My simple message to you is small, almost unnoticeable adjustments, or changes to how you approach an exercise can improve and revitalize your training experience. I plan to broaden my deadlift experience to include virtually all my exercises!

If you find yourself becoming somewhat bored or stale in your workouts, you don’t necessarily need to make wholesale changes! Never be satisfied with your techniques and training movements. Constantly explore ways to make them better. Remember a subtle change initiated by you can contribute to more productive and enjoyable training sessions.

So what’s holding you back? Go ahead and light the fire in your training sessions! Keep having fun. Good training!

P.S. 2010 is a new year, make a commitment to yourself to workout on a consistent basis for your own mental and physical well being. Make yourself a priority in your life and you will reap the rewards in all areas of your life as well.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.- Joel Barker

Gary Lillvis

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