“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Visualization is the act of forming images in your head. Visualization can be used, and should be used on a daily basis, regardless of what your job is. In the gym, visualization is an extremely powerful tool to help you accomplish tasks that may seem out of reach.
Practice visualizing parts of the workout – the lifts you’ll be doing, the body weight movements you’ll be doing, and the feeling you have doing them in a positive manner. Visualize your front squat with your back vertical and tight and elbows high. Visualize your pullups being strung together in easy sets with your core tight and heels and toes glued together. The more you visualize and practice, the better you will get.
There’s a rule that I use whenever I’m weightlifting…I even use it when doing some gymnastic stuff too (handstand walking in particular). It is that I never attempt the lift until I’ve already successfully done it in my head. So, before I approach the bar for a front squat, I stand in front of it and visualize un-racking it, taking a couple steps back, and sitting back into my heels, then driving powerfully out of the bottom with my back tight and elbows high. Once I’ve seen that in my head and I feel confident, then I walk to the bar and actually do it.
Visualization can be done before you even enter the gym, once you’re in your warm up, as you are warming up to your heavy weights, and as you are lifting personal records.
Workout of the Day
Run 800 meters
5 rounds of
L3 – Chest to bar, deficit (25 lb. plate)
L2 – chin over, regular
L1 – modified
With a partner or alone, 1 mile sled drag. Men – 3 plates, Women – 2 plates
Post your scores to the whiteboard.