Friday, August 20, 2010


Boris posted this today:

I saw this on TV back in 2008. He cleaned & jerked 10kg (22 lbs.) over his personal best. It's definitely impressive. However, it was after he won I learned how his wife passed away a few years prior.

He was lifting for her and I thought it was beautiful. Likewise, the Russian lifter he was competing against looked like a tank and I didn't think Steiner would win.

Every now and then I hear or read someone lifting who uses aggression, anger, and basically rage to lift heavy.

Me? I believe you should be focused, but not filled with anger to push yourself.

Rage is hot tempered, irrational, and violent. And in a sense to achieve this mindset, you need to hate to a certain degree. After all, what else fuels aggression?

Is that how you want to be? Have hate and anger as your motivating force?

Passion for an activity should be driven by positive means. Steiner competed with the love for his wife. Love is nurturing unlike aggression.

What drives you should have a positive meaning.

Have a good weekend everyone.


  1. I agree with this 100%. I've actually never understood people who said, "I think of someone I really hate before I lift a big weight" or "I think of something that makes me very angry.", etc.

    I've never found that I've been able to do that. It's always when I'm calm, focused, determined...NOT hyperventilating...that I'm able to see better performance gains.

  2. Agreed. If anything, it distracts me more rather than helping with my execution and completion.

    I personally like to filter out everything around me and concentrate on the lift alone.


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