[quote]Ross Hunt wrote:
I definitely agree that you want to push yourself in the gym, but acquiring the ability to stay focused but not psyched up between sets, and to psych up only when necessary, is very useful. This seems to me to be especially true when you’re lifting with low repetitions. I make no claim to be a great lifter, but I’ve found that developing this ability has been crucial to making what gains I’ve made (oly lifting).
You can observe this ability in a lot of the Ironmind training tapes–many of the lifters there will psych up for their competition attempts, but you seldom if ever see them psych up dramatically for training weights, even training weights near their maximum, and they’re always calm or even sometimes relaxed between sets.
Again, JMHO and whatnot.[/quote]
I respect that opinion, and I’m not advocating getting psyched up for every set, but my point is that too many people walk through the motions at the gym.
I’m not implying that the OP does this, but I think there is a great value to pushing it hard in the gym.
This doesn’t mean whipping out the ammonia caps and beating your chest like an gorilla, but grinding out the extra rep is important if you are looking to bump T-levels.
All to often I see people who look like they’ve spent their entire workout warming up, and I’m still waiting for the actual work out to begin.
Also, I’m not sure if the OP is a power lifter. I know, at least part of the mentality of not getting psyched during training, is to get the extra boost during a competition lift. If he is not a PLer or OLer, then maybe the occasional psyche on a max attempt would be beneficial.
Just my .02 worth.