A couple of weeks ago, while perusing Instagram, I came across a cool Pat Sherwood post. You probably recognize him from the CrossFit Games Update Show, as well as other various CrossFit HQ media productions. If you don’t follow Pat Sherwood yet, start now.
Pat is what we call a straight shooter. He says, super unapologetically, what he thinks and feels. Something he said in the post above caught my attention.
When you are nervous approaching the barbell you know you picked the right load.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my coaching so that our CFK members can be the best that they can be. As far as the mentality required for getting stronger goes, I couldn’t have said it any more beautifully. If you want to get strong you must lift heavy weights (ladies, getting strong doesn’t mean getting bigger). But how do you know if your weights are heavy enough? As Pat describes, that moment before picking up the bar should be one filled with intense nerves.
Members sticking to light weights on heavy/EMOM days is an issue I’ve seen countless times over the years. It has to do partly with not knowing where to start, but a big factor is also being afraid of the nerves. As it turns out, fear and nerves are exactly the emotions you should be experiencing before each set. It’s perfectly normal, and it’s part of the process of becoming strong. Embrace it.
Those brave enough to withstand the 5-10 secs of nerves before/during a lift, are also the ones basking in the glory of a new PR for days and weeks afterwards.