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12/30/2014 4:40:14 PM - Yessica Martinez
ME free squats PR! Mind over matter

I've always said and struggled with mastering the mental aspect of training. You can do a thousand good-mornings, squat 5 times a week -- if you don't have your mind right, you will not improve. Period. We all know we have the strength and determination to accomplish anything, but we must really believe in it.

For me it's confidence. My mind likes playing games and I really don't like it. Maybe I'm too hard on myself but when I attempted 295 lbs today -- one: I hesitated therefore I squatted too high. Two: why wasn't I confident enough, my form was looking good and ascending from the squat, I was fast. So that leaves me with three: I need to shut up and just train.

I was contemplating on whether I should go down in weight to work on my confidence or go up in weight because I had something to prove. Honestly, I made the right choice going down in weight because without working on the mental part of training, it will hinder my progress in the long run.

And if I may also add, all the mobility work and abduction exercises are finally paying off and I see an improvement with my form. **Celebratory dance**

1. Worked up to 295 lbs (high squat)

2. Went down to 275 lbs to work on confidence, form, and depth for 2 x 3

This was a huge PR for me. 275 lbs is my best squat in a meet and for me to be able to do it for 2 x 3, you can say my confidence sky rocketed. Still a work in progress, though.

3. Deloaded to 225 lbs for 5 x 5:
Noticeable difference in my form -- knees aren't caving in and I'm coming up faster out of the hole.

4. Pause squats 5 x 5

5. Stiff leg deadlifts 3 x 10

6. Lunges 3 x 10

295 lbs x 1

275 lbs x 2 x 3

Thank you, Mike, for the support and always making me feel welcomed at the Battleaxe.

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