PULLING TIP NO. 1: MINDSET
For a true strength-seeker, it’s the most fundamental primordial experience: pick up a heavy barbell and put it down. Ah, the good ol’ deadlift! In primitive times, strength was tested by lifting logs and rocks off the ground, and, in the case of Milo of Croton, a 6th century BC wrestling champion, deadlifting bulls.
In modern times, the deadlift has too long played second fiddle to BOSU ball sideshows.
The deadlift works more muscles than even the squat and is thus the king for overall strength and muscular development. Here are eight tips that are going to help you build a deadly deadlift.
The gym is not a country club. Neither is the ride over. Lay off the cell, put on some tunes and walk in the door ready to slay some heavy iron. Consider giving up Candy Crush for a bit for 15-20 minutes of mental imagery training where you just relax and envision yourself succeeding on every rep of every set. Make the visualizations vivid – get senses involved like smells and noises. The more vivid, the better for performance. Your perception can become reality.
A 1992 study compared two groups over five weeks of strength training. One group trained with traditional resistance training and the other group trained using vivid mental imagery, imagining themselves performing the training exercises. The group that simply imagined training made 70 percent of the gains of the group that lifted.
Lift hard but don’t underestimate the value of brain training via imagery. Maximizing results requires a dedication to both.