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1/9/2015 2:05:15 PM - Erin Zemanovic
Marshall, the article you wrote about anxiety right after your 1,102 squat really hit home for me. Can you talk more about the techniques/methods you learned and used to overcome it? I've tried visualizing, I've tried telling myself "what's the worst that can happen?" I've tried thinking positively..I've tried telling all of my friends and family not to come to watch, and I've also competed with my best friends all there to support me. but fear and anxiety cripples me before and during meets. I don't feel like that at the gym at all, but when the pressure is on, I can't handle it. I want to quit. I want to fake an injury, I feel like puking, I'm just petrified. I seem to be able to calm down by the time benching is happening, but because I'm so nervous at the beginning, i always choke on squats and it's so frustrating because I'm REALLY trying. I don't walk up to the bar with doubts in my head, I tell myself I can do this. But I'm too nervous to do my best. Any advice you have is appreciated!

I actually just finished writing an article that I am pretty excited about. It should drop in the next couple weeks I would assume. Keep an eye out for it. Please get back to me after you read it and let me know if it helps or if you need other help.

Marshall Johnson

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