For most athletes, regardless of skill level, the mind has the potential to be the biggest roadblock in terms of progress. Fears, doubt, and worries have a very noticeable effect on performance, sometimes even impeding it. This post is not going to be lengthy, I just want to discuss one of the big things that we believe in: The concept of “Pick It Up.”
One of the best pieces of advice I ever received from big strongmen was simply “pick it up”. When it comes to lifting (especially Strongman), we have found that beyond the basic instruction, there isn’t a whole lot else to do besides simply overcoming the weighted the object. Secret tips and techniques don’t usually exist, and when weights get heavy, we receive questions about what technique they are doing wrong that is keeping them from moving the weight. In reality, it’s not a technique problem, its a mental block that is keeping them from lifting the weight.