When it comes to weight lifting and even cardio, there are a multitude of ways to go about achieveing your desired results when trying to lose weight at home or getting ripped, but what do you do when fatigue is setting in and you’re no where near the amount of reps(or time, if cardio) you feel you need? This is where you have to mentally take control of your body, and push past the physical fatigue feeling that is holding you back. Here are a few mental tricks I use to get in an extra rep or to finish out a full set when the weight is heavy (but my form is still good!) and it just feels like too much.
Trick Count: I call this the trick count, if you’re aimming to fail at 8 or 10 reps and you’re beyond struggling at the 4th rep. Insted of counting out 5, 6, 7 and 8, restart your mental counter! pause for a second and take a deep breath, then start again, Count out, 1, 2, 3 and then 4 (hey you’ve hit your 8th rep) it feels a lot easier, as you just mentally tricked yourself into thinking you just started the workout and took the pressure off of hitting the top end number!
Super Strength: Maybe it’s just me but if the weight feels too heavy and I know I should be able to lift it and I want to get into my own head, I let my imagination take over. In my case I become The Predator (I even growl sometimes out of habit. Talk about Primal Fitness , haha.) or maybe even Superman, while I imagine myself easily picking up a car or a person, I use this mental strength to pull myself through the heavier weight set. Using the mental image of picking up an immensely heavy object with ease as I pound out the rep with the weight. (it helps if your mental image follows the exercise you’re doing. Ex: Shoulder press- lifting a person over my head to throw them, Bicep curl- picking up a car, Tricep kickback- ripping something off or throwing something backwards, just to list a few.) This comes in handy near the end of a workout, where my muscles would rather give out but i’m just not done!
Everyone has a favorite SuperHero or Villain or something that drives them..someone that inspires them in some way that makes you want to do more than you think you can do. Or I could just be crazy but if you let your imagination take control and you will your body to follow, you get another step closer to achieving or beating your goals.
Trying to lose weight at home, is challenging, same goes for getting ripped, you’re on your own (Even if you have a DVD to follow) and its up to you to challenge yourself to push harder and to not cheat yourself out of your fitness, you have to want it! But as always I will be here with my random advice and encouragement, Predator Fitness isn’t going anywhere! If you need more support, feel free to join my team (click the large banner at the top to sign up) and talk with me or add me on facebook
Oh! I also recently attended the Arnold Classic over the weekend and this is as good a place as any, but nothing more awesome than meeting another Hunter. Thanks for taking the time to get a picture with me Eugene!