Have you ever cut yourself before a big set?
I banged my elbow before a big squat set once and started bleeding down my arm. The adrenaline rush I got was great though, and invigorated my lethargic CNS. I pumped out a great set of squats after having a shitty warmup.
So a few weeks later I was feeling kind of lethargic again. I was about to rep out with 405, a bump up from last week and just wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t have any smelling salts (which I don’t like that much anyway) but I did have a pocketknife on my keys. So I decided to draw a little cut across the top of my thigh before squatting. Man did it wake me up. The light pain of the cut draws attention away from the pain of the set, and I overshot my rep goal by 2 with 405 quite easily. Since then, I’ve preferred cutting as a wakeup call whenever I feel kind of lazy in the gym as a way to psyche myself up.
So any of you guys have the same experience?