All I know, is I don’t want to feel like this anymore. I need to let you go.
Was that night, enough to keep you from someone else? It’s time to let you go.
As I watch our lives unfold, it’s like I’m in reverse.  I wanna go back , to the place that…. So that we can take everything that’s broken and make the pain disappear.  I wanna hold you for the first time as we battle through the tears.  If we went back to the place where we began ….Would we have the chance to save us?

When a Weightlifter begins their journey, as they approach the intermediate mark… they can become perfectionists.  As the movements become more fluid, as we adapt to the patterns the weight will become heavier as we progress.  You will get to a point where the weight will begin to resist you.  A lot of lifters feel part of the technique break down – or think so, as we all tend to think we look like shit – and bail the weight.  Sometimes this is a good practice… typically recommended… but I sometimes teach lifters to fight the weight.  This is valuable in two ways… one is that often times you just need to go really heavy to progress both mentally and physically… you have to cause that stress.  The second reason is for competition.

When in competition, at least if you care about challenging yourself and placing… you have to get comfortable starting at and hitting the weight at the 93-95% range.  Often times in this range the lifts will not be perfect… and they are certainly really heavy for your skill level.

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Just so you know, I’d give you everything, my heart , my soul. No one could love you more.  But I know that you take the good and you make it bad.  If we’re gonna crash, let’s burn. As I watch our lives unfold, it’s like I’m in reverse.
I wanna go back to the place that… so that we can take everything that’s broken.
Make the pain disappear.  I wanna hold you for the first time, as we battle through the tears. If we went back to the place where we began,  would we have the chance to save us?

The lifter will often hit a sticking point, especially in a clean, or when the Jerk settles.  It typically isn’t in the pocket either.  It’s right above the pocket, just above parallel… which one would think is the easier part of the drive.  It’s not, because it’s where you run out of momentum and you have to use your strength.  You’ll hit a sticking point, and you’ll have to make a choice: You can either fight the grind or you can bail the weight.  If you bail, that’s a missed lift.  You’ll be behind, it’ll effect your overall sport mentality and you’ll spend the next several moments trying to build yourself back up for the next lift.  Or, you can fight.  You can fight the grind and give yourself a chance.

The feeling is immense… you feel like you’re getting crushed under the heaviest thing possible.  Breathing is hard, the momentum slows down, your core feels like it’s going to collapse.  This is where the mental switch has to happen, and you have to fight and grind.  Bouncing out of the hole won’t help you anymore.  That was the catch, that’s the easy part.  Push your elbows through, get them high.  Bring your hips back under you, find the balance in your heels and fucking drive!  Stand up with that mother fucker and bounce that bar back to where it needs to go.  Find your grip, you’re here.  You fought the weight, you committed to the grind as soon as you first touched the barbell.  No one said this was going to be easy.  Now that you’ve ran out of momentum, and your strength was tested as the barbell tried to smash you back through the floor just when you thought you were safe… you stood it up.  Now you have a fighting chance to make this lift.  YOU gave yourself that chance… because you chose not to bail.  Learn to fight the weight.  You will always stick when you run out of momentum in your heaviest moments.  You have a choice… you can bail the weight, or you can give yourself a fighting chance and grind.

“We keep watching the clocks, and see the minutes turn to days and keep chasing, the shadows, until the sunlight fades away.  And we try, and we try to make some sense of this cliche, but it gets harder every day.  So we can take everything that’s broken, make the pain disappear.  I wanna hold you for the first time, as we battle through the tears.
If we went back to the place , where we began… would we have the chance to save us?” – Christina Novelli: Save Us

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