Couch Potato

Omar driving overhead.

Omar driving overhead.

One of my lifting cues when I am coaching is, put down the bag of potato chips and get off the couch. What in the world does that have to do with weightlifting? I mean, the lifter is obviously not at home on the couch with a can of soda and pringles. It means don’t be lazy when lifting. Often I see a lifter miss a sub-maximal weight that I know they can get, that they have done before. They are just being lazy. We are all guilty of this. Not forcing the hips down, not completely finishing the pull, not totally committing to the catch. Just being a little lazy, a little complacent.

The time to train yourself to get off the couch is with the very first lift. And every lift after. Remember, you don’t perform up, but rather you perform down to the level of your training. In other words, train the way you fight. You want to ingrain total commitment to each and every lift into your very being. And the way to do that is to make every lift a PR effort. Get off the couch, don’t get lazy.

Give it a try.