Pushing Through The Pain to be a Champion…

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Question: I have difficulty completing the extended sets especially during leg training. Are there any methods I can use to deal with the pain and fatigue?
Answer: To learn to endure the fatigue and pain of an extended set is a process that takes time. Early in a person’ s training people tend to stop as soon as the burning begins. If the desire for growth and change is great enough the person will go a little further doing an extra rep or two after the pain sets into the muscle being worked. Arnold said it best in the movie, ” Pumping Iron”, ” If you cannot take the pain then you cannot be a champion. You cannot be a champion if you cannot take the pain.”.
We teach our athletes how to distinguish between pain associated with training intensity and pain signaling an injury. To overcome the pain of training choose points during the set at predetermined reps to actually stop, pause while maintaining tension and take two deep cleansing breaths blowing out the air forcefully Then proceed with the set. This helps to reduce the panic response that occurs mentally from the lactic acid buildup in the muscles. Another helpful tool is visualization before the set begins. Mentally rehearse the set, See yourself performing the reps successfully. This mental preview sets you up for success.
Both are useful tools for dealing with stress in everyday life not just in the gym.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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