When I lived in Ottawa I trained with a buddy of mine named Matty.
Matty is a sports psychologist. He's the type of guy that can just look at you and know what to say to keep you pushing forward.
At the end of our usual squat workouts we would always do a high rep set of squats. At the time I believe I was using around 315lbs and doing between 20-25 reps on this set.
We did these because we knew they were really effective in helping us grow bigger and stronger.
I dreaded it. Every single time. I'll be honest, it was about 45-60 seconds of tunnel vision with what felt like a mountain on my back.
If I put the pros and cons of these high rep squats on a weigh scale, the pros would out weigh the cons, so I always did them.
Matty could see it in my face though, that I was having a hard time getting myself in the mind set for these squats.
As I stood there staring at the bar thinking about nothing but how awful this upcoming set would feel, I heard Matty behind me.
"Be a robot"
For some reason, this really resonated with me.
Sometimes your mind is going to do nothing but hold you back. Sometimes the negative, limiting thoughts are flowing through your mind and out of control.
Sometimes you need to shut down your mind all together, and just get the work done.
Be a robot. No thought, no emotion, no excuses, just do the work.
Is there an area where you need to shut off the voices in your head and just do the work?
Today is a great day to tackle that. Shut it down, and just do the work.
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