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Old 09-22-2004, 12:00 AM   #1
Paul Scott Suliin
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I was working my way through Gwen, when I put the bar down after 9 reps on the second set. I'll never know if I could have finished that last three without a break, and I realized at the time that part of it was mental: the rack was just right there to hand, and I gave in to the easy option of racking the bar when my forearms were yelling for relief.

So on the third round I played a little trick on myself. After I took the bar off the rack I backed up five paces. I finished that last round without a break, even though it nearly killed me, and I'm sure that it was partly because that rack was so far away that it would have taken as long to carry the bar over there as it would to finish the set.

Then I racked the bar, and had to lay down for a while until my breathing stabilized. But I finished, and if playing mind games with myself is what it takes to do that, then I'll play.
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Old 09-22-2004, 04:44 AM   #2
Larry Lindenman
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Another mind game is to count backwards, in smaller groups; so 12 reps becomes 6,5,4,3,2,1,6,5,4. . .I also think writing your scores, for benchmark and repeating workouts, on a whiteboard helps to motavate.
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Old 09-22-2004, 08:10 AM   #3
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i use a similar technique, for the set of 15 i count to 5, 3 times and it makes it seem so much more manageable.

for getting through the runs, i often relive wrestling matches, and that is always great motivation for me.
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