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I would like to hear your opinion regarding the right way to prepare myself psychologically for a new PR, getting "in rage" and removing any sings of hesitation and fear before approaching the new weight.
Depends on who is making the PR. Karwoski had his own method. A 75-year-old lady on her third week of the program just lifts a heavier weight because her coach loaded it on the bar. You will develop your own methods as you work through the program, as part of the learning process.
You have to master the execution of the lift and do the requisite preparation work. As long as you have done that, you just have to not mess up. If you have followed the steps of linear progression, you should know what you are capable of doing.
A big mistake I see novices making is forgetting about what the hell they are doing. Almost all tweaks and errors I see during heavier attempts come from not paying attention. Stay focused on every single rep.
One of the biggest mistakes I see conventional (non-technique-trained) lifters make is the focus on what they are lifting -- i.e. what's on the bar -- instead of how they plan to lift it. The heavier the weight, the more focus there must be on the technique, specifically the part of the lift you know you must pay attention to. Psyche can be a huge distraction. Focus on the technique you must execute.
I have a question regarding low bar squat (LBBS) preference versus high bar squat (HBBS) when training the olympic lifts. Do you believe it is unnecessary to train the full range of motion for the movement being performed in competition with the squat? In other words, do you feel that cleans, snatches, and front squats, alone, are adequate to train the body in the deepest positions?
I would think that it would be beneficial to train the deepest portion of the squat, the receiving position, in order to develop maximal strength for the lifts, but then again, I don't know as much as you--and I really don't mean that sarcastically. I realize that LBBS allows more weight to be lifted, and thus, builds more strength, so I can see it being a reasonable trade-off. I'm just curious to hear your perspective.
I believe it is necessary to train the full ROM in the competition movements, and that it is necessary to train the front squat separately. I believe, with all my heart, that if a person can squat 350 with the bar in any position on the back, that a 200 snatch will not be a problem for SQUATTING in any position or ROM. It may be a holding-overhead problem, but that is a PRESSING strength problem.
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