Reaching A Personal Best.
By Vishwa on Training
December 9, 2010
I am glad to state that I reached a personal best in dead lifting on a trap bar: 370 pounds excluding the bar. Allow me to explain on how it all happened today.
As a pre-warm up I started rolling on the foam roller, for I have felt that the foam roller increases my lower back flexibility. I then went through my lower body warm up ritual, and I surprisingly felt that my right knee was not troubling me anymore. As I had stated earlier in a previous blog entry that I have stopped squatting because of my knee pain. It has been three weeks since I squatted, and my nagging knee pain has reduced to quiet an extent. And today, my knee felt absolutely right on. So, today I straight away headed to 50 pounds on each side for my first warm up set and felt pretty good. I then progressively increased the poundages and reduced the reps from 5 to 1. Two weeks before I had lifted a personal best of 350 pounds and today when I reached the above stated poundages, I felt pretty strong and thought that I could lift more. I then loaded the bar up to 370 pounds and was prepared to go for the kill.
I was as usual playing Rocky’s tape in the gym, for I have heavily relied on them whenever I am training heavy. I then chalked my hands. I wore my sweater again as I felt a tinge of winters cold. I didn’t want anything to get into my way, for I wanted to beat my previous record. Finally, I braced up by wearing my lifting belt. I clearly visualized that I could lift the bar up. I could also sense that my arousal level was pretty high. Then slowly but steadily I lifted the bar up and stood for a second and then dropped it back again. I had lifted a personal best, but I could also sense that my technique had diminished to a minimal extent. That is usually acceptable whenever someone is lifting very heavy.
I was glad that I could make it. At the same time, I felt that I was a pretty crazy man. We who all belong to the lifting Cult find great happiness in lifting great amount of weights, which may sound bizarre to a person who is not involved in the Iron Game.