Last week, coincidentally 2 days before my 35th birthday I went to the gym to work chest and bi's. I started with incline barbell and went through my same incline routine as always:
135 - warm-up
225 - 12 reps
275 - 12
315 - 8
365 - 4 - 6 depending on the day
Once I got to my 365 set, I knocked out the first four reps no problem, but then something happened while going for the fifth rep, I lost all concentration and confidence halfway through the descent, and even before I got it halfway up I knew I was defeated and pinned myself. I was able to get an elderly man to pull the 25's after a minute of saying "pull the quarters" and him just staring at me until I realized he had no idea what a "quarter" was, my bad. I put the 315 back on the rack and was disgusted with myself.
First, at noon on a Thursday, there are not many people in the gym to ask for a spot. Secondly, at this point in my life, I am not trying to gain muscle anymore, my goals are to stay lean, maintain what I have, and most importantly, enjoy it. I do this by always listening to my body and knowing when to push myself and when not to. Unfortunately in this case, I was wrong.
What really angers me though is my total lack of concentration. I have been lifting since high school (which is probably the last time I pinned myself) and know better. Not necessarily to have a spotter, but to always be in sync with my body during an exercise so that this does not happen.
However, I am finding myself more and more in the gym with my mind wandering. Sure I have a lot more responsibilities now than when I was 21, but the gym has always been my sanctum to get away from all else for an hour or two. Has anyone else experienced this "wandering", and what have you done? Just to make clear, it is not a lack of desire, I still look forward to my workouts, but just am not always staying focused.
Also, feel free to make fun of me for pinning myself, it was a very dumb thing to let happen!