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Strength Tip Of The Day…Miss That Attempt!

Strength Tip Of The Day…Miss That Attempt!

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Strength Tip Of The Day…Miss That Attempt!

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So I got an interesting email in my inbox the other day regarding a student that has been attempting some max effort lifts lately. In the email he was discouraged at the fact that he’s been missing too many attempts lately when he goes to test himself out in a big lift such as the deadlift or bench press. Of course the big question on his mind is that “Coach is this normal?” “Should I be missing the lift?” Read on to find out my young Jedi. 

Is it ok to miss the big attempt? 

So first I want to talk about the process of building when looking at getting stronger. The key to getting stronger just flat out boils down to one simple universal factor involving the development of strength and that factor is Progressive Overload. 

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I mean in order to get stronger an athlete must be progressively able to stress his or her body gradually over time in order for the body to adapt to the stress that is being placed on it. By implementing these small incremental increases in resistance the body will become stronger at performing the given task at hand. 

Now on the other side of that coin there are times during our training when we want to test ourselves. In other words, we may want to see how many reps we can do of a given weight of a particular exercise, or we may just want to see how much we can lift at one time. Either way a test can be good to let us know where we stand and to what final product our training has been able to produce. 

Now the point of improvement is to make sure that you are successfully lifting heavier and heavier weight. Now this is where I’d address the emailer with missing his max effort attempts. It’s ok to make a jump and miss an attempt from time to time in order to set a new PR or to get to that next rep. However if you are going to test yourself then you want to make “smart” attempts by making smaller incremental jumps with executing reps at new PR’s. 

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In other words, we’re all going to miss new attempts from time to time, but we want to make sure that we are in the best position to obtain those new PR’s so that we don’t accumulate too many missed reps. Too many missed reps can throw you off mentally and physically. There is a huge mental and physical component to hitting a new PR so the next time you make an attempt make sure you are confident with that attempt. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s post on missing new attempts in lifting. Remember to make smart jumps and stay consistent with making yourself better as you move forward in your strength and conditioning program. Have you hit any new PR’s lately. If so drop a comment in the box below and tell us about it. Keep training smart. 

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Strength Tip Of The Day…Miss That Attempt!



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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