We already know that lifting weights is extremely taxing both mentally and physically, especially if you’re like me and don’t know when to pull back. Then again, is there really a time to pull back?
Out of all the lifts, the one that requires the most mental fortitude is by far the deadlift. Deadlifting is a movement that most beginning or intermediate lifters will see immediate results on. The problem is, is that while their numbers shoot up quickly, they then stall out. Why is this? Why do you see such great results just to be let down a year or two later with stagnant progress?
There are numerous reasons that this happens such as failure to understand weaknesses, poor positioning, poor understanding of leverages or little to no programming. The biggest problem though is mental failure. Mental failure is what I call it when someone tells themselves, “My goal is 500 but man, it’s HEAVY.” The minute you let the idea of a weight being too heavy enter your mind, you give up. More so on the deadlift because of the big 3 it’s the only one that’s not load bearing.
When you’re squatting 500, even if your mind isn’t fully into the lift, the moment that weight is unracked and you step backwards your body recognizes the weight and triggers an element of fear. Benching is the same way. The minute you unrack and that bar starts descending towards your chest, even if you fail, you have to give one hell of an effort to push that weight off of you.
Deadlift is just like it sounds, it’s dead weight and you have to lift it. Since you don’t have to physically hold the weight, you can give up before you even get started. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen someone give up on a deadlift that could have been executed had they just believed in themselves. When you’re deadlifting, there’s no load bearing, little to no element of fear, and if you don’t get it, then you can just drop it. F that. Clear your mind of that mentality and the next time you approach the deadlift bar, program your mind that this lift is life or death. Give yourself no other option than to pull that weight off the ground. There’s no turning back, it’s now or never!
GO GET IT!