You may have heard this before. Approach your current lift with a commitment and an express decision to successfully complete the lift. This little nugget of wise advice goes far beyond your current rep. As an athlete, that intent needs to go beyond that immediate rep for long term success. You need that same level of commitment for the training session, training block, and so on. But it goes further than that. Are you intentionally preparing yourself for success as an athlete when you’re not in the gym? Are you prioritizing getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, doing what’s necessary for optimal recovery? Persistence is the necessary ingredient here. This is how we build great habits that pave the way to success.
COACH WITH INTENT!
Coaches program using immediate, short term & long term goals. I’ve found that coaching to the individual athlete yields far better results than a “cookie cutter” approach. So, from a coach’s perspective, I do my best to focus on what the individual athlete needs to successfully reach their goals. To truly optimize my approach and do the best I can for my athletes, it’s important to also continually educate myself to be a better coach. You can say that I coach with intent. I need to focus on what my athletes need right now with an eye on what seeds I need to plant for future growth.
LIVE WITH INTENT!
These same principles apply to life in general. Think about what matters and don’t let yourself be distracted by negativity. Intentionally seek out positive, supportive people and focus your efforts on what’s important. Avoid distractions that take you off track and bring the focus back on what matters to you. Educate yourself – never stop learning. Always seek to improve. Re-evaluate where you’re at periodically & redirect yourself as necessary.
Weightlifting is a process. Life is a journey. Live it with purpose. Live it with intent.
When weightlifting, the focus should always be on technique. It’s a constant challenge to maintain that technique. So, of course, you have to make a conscious effort to be consistent in your approach. The only thing that should change as the weight on the bar goes up is your effort.
Use exercises and your coaches eye to fine tune technique. The exercise below is one approach.
In this video, I’m starting with a below the knee snatch pull followed by a below the knee hang snatch. The knee is an important transitional point, so this is a good place to work with. The first lift focuses on you pulling and keeping the bar close. The hang snatch follows the same groove to reinforce an efficient movement. The green line in front of the toes is your boundary. You should be keeping the bar behind that line to maintain better leverage and efficiency of movement. This is where using video is a great way to check the bar trajectory.
The exercise helps to reinforce the correct groove without having the lifter overthink the movement. Ideally, the lifter should feel the movement and know when it’s right. Focus on technique. It’s an integral part of your making that big PR down the road.