I was at the gym today and my workout partner layed his lifting belt across the bar that we were using. Now that would be okay if the weight on the bar was his, but this was my set and only my belt can be on the bar before my set. That got me thinking about all the rituals that I have acquired over the years under the iron.
I was curious to hear from some of you guys on the topic. I wonder if some of us have some of the same ones and am alwaysinterested in hearing about new ones. (really I just want to know that I’m not the only crazy one)
Below is the short list that only scratches the surface on the many that I have.
-The biggest one has to do with the collars on the end of the bar. My gym uses the type that you squeeze and they release. The ends that you squeeze MUST be turned upward. In my mind the weight will go up if the ends are turned up.
-Only on max effort lifts I have to touch the bill of my hat right before I pull, press or squat.
-Only on max effort lifts I have to make sure that I cover my entire palm of my hands with chalk.
-I have to arch three times before starting my count for the liftoff on the bench.
-Only on max effort lifts, I have to be able to first visualize myself lifting the weight before I can attempt the lift. Sometimes this is difficult and may take several minutes of standing there looking like an idiot with his eyes closed.
Maybe I just need a really good shrink.