The mind is a strange and powerful thing. It can completely sabotage us or drive us to new levels of achievement.

Since we focus a lot on Strongman and Powerlifting at my gym, this is a very important aspect of our training. However, you can apply this thought process to AMRAPS and metcons, too.

Sometimes when the lift slows way down people want to just drop the bar or stop the lift.

Unless something unsafe is happening, that is a huge mistake!

That is where it is vitally important to keep pulling or pushing all the way through to lockout. Don’t give up part way through. Any wuss can bail out when it gets tough, it takes guts to keep going. You are probably very close to a successful lift when you feel like you can’t do any more, so do not stop.

  • You can do more
  • You have some reserve left, use it all
  • You can rest later

Lifting is hard, effective lifting is even harder!

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