Tomorrow we have our in house olympic lifting meet. For most of you this will be your first time lifting according to USAW standards. You might be nervous and understandably so. It is definitely nerve racking standing on the platform by yourself in front of a crowd, let alone your peers. The pressure is on. The bar is loaded for your first attempt, your name is called. You take a deep breath, chalk up, and step out on to the platform. The room grows quiet and you can hear your own heart beat. The clock is ticking, counting down the seconds you have to complete your lift. Quiet your mind. Quiet the doubts. Quiet the failed attempts. EMBRACE THIS MOMENT. It is yours. Ignore the crowd. It’s just you and the bar. See that successful lift in your head and feel the strength rise within you. Some of you may hit a new PR and in that case, you’ll feel on top of your game. Standing tall, standing proud to achieve that goal. On the other hand, some of you may fail. The weight of the bar might have been too much, today. But take that fail and learn from it. Was it technique? Too high of a jump in weight? Do you need to work on front squats to drive yourself out of the bottom of the squat clean? Is your lack of shoulder mobility preventing you from getting your personal best in a snatch? Whatever the case may be, whether you PR or fail, you got out there. You left it all on the platform and that’s no easy feat.
Here’s a pretty awesome video that highlights a few olympic lifters to get you pumped for tomorrow.