A funny shirt. People outside of the weight lifting world may be a bit confused….but that would be funny too!
As the week rolls on, I’m constantly fighting off more nervousness. The only thing that seems to help is reading about form and technique. Yeah…I’m totally geeking out on pages and pages of other people’s opinions. It’s all very interesting, and some of it has even been helpful. Since the squat is the first lift, I’m starting to build the most anxiety about that one. The same thing happened for my last meet. I was poking around for some tips to remember while squatting and found this fun article.
What can I say…the title appealed to me 😉 It’s a great article. It hits home the ever important point of completing a full squat. There is this barbarian of a kid at the gym I train at. He likes to move big weight, but he doesn’t really like hard work. He loads up the bar and then just kinda bends his knees a little. I wouldn’t even really call it a squat. He always enlists a spotter though. Seriously…what’s a spotter going to do? Punch him in the ass and tell him to do real squat or go home?
Now that’s a low squat. This is Igor…he’ll crush you like bug!
I read another interesting snippet today about overall training techniques. The idea was that even with the tremendous amount of evolution that the training world has gone through in the last 40-50 years, both Olympic and Power Lifters are still lifting roughly the same amount. The overall maxes have stayed within 5 to 10 kilos of what they were way back in the day. Back when we weren’t video taping our form, and adding in all these new fangled lifts. I thought it was encouraging. What I took from it was that hard work is really what pays off. There are some important form issues, but otherwise getting in the gym and getting the work done will usually do the trick. There is no magic formula or super critical workout regimen that you MUST follow in order to be good. Excellent.
I’m hesitant to post the link because it gets a bit ugly at the end, but read at your own risk:
Anywho….I’m off to the gym. My last lift before the meet…..EEEEEK.