CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED OR RAVING LUNATIC? WHICH MAKES THE BETTER LIFTER? PART 1 - Chaos and Pain

CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED OR RAVING LUNATIC? “IT’S AN INTERESTING TOPIC. I’VE DONE IT BOTH WAYS. I’VE COME TO A PLACE WHERE I FEEL LIKE THOSE ARE BOTH DOORS TO THE SAME ROOM. SO TO SPEAK ONE FROM THE ANGRY SIDE AND ONE FROM THE CALM SIDE. TODAY I ACTUALLY VIEW THEM SIMILAR TO THE WAY THE CHINESE VIEW QI GONG. WITH THE BERSERKER STYLE BEING A HARD CHIGONG AND THE CALM STOP BEING A SOFT CHIGONG. I GREW UP IN THE OLD SCHOOL POWERLIFTING GYM AND AMERICAN FOOTBALL ATMOSPHERE ROWDY AND SLAPPING AND BERSERKER TYPE. LATER I’M ADOPTED A MORE CALM STYLE THROUGH THE INFLUENCE OF MARTIAL ARTS. THAT REALLY MORE SO FROM THE YEARS I SPENT PERFORMING AS A PROFESSIONAL STRONGMAN. IN A THREE-YEAR TIME SPAN I DID LITERALLY 1000 ANTI-BULLYING SHOWS IN SCHOOLS. EACH SHOW HAD ABOUT 6 FEATS OF STRENGTH. 

 NOW WHAT YOU DOING A SHOW ISN’T MAX EFFORT USUALLY BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY GIVE A PERSON STRENGTH AND GO RIGHT BACK TO TALKING WITHOUT MISSING A BREATH. TO DO THAT YOU NEED TO BE IN SHAPE BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO BE ABLE TO HARNESS. IMMEDIATELY GET TO THE MENTAL PLACE. TO DO A FEET OF STRENGTH AT THE SNAP OF A FINGER AND THEN GO RIGHT BACK TO THE FLOW OF SPEAKING. I THINK BOTH ARE USEFUL AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. I ALSO THINK YOU GET MORE MENTAL TRAINING OUT OF LEARNING TO BE CALM. IMMEDIATELY TURN ON AND OFF YOUR ADRENALINE / MENTAL POWER. I HAVE FOUND THAT I'M STRONGER WHEN I REMAIN CALM. THEN IMMEDIATELY GO INTO ACTION VERSUS SPEND A LOT OF TIME DOING PSYCHING.

THE PROBLEM WITH A BESERKER STYLE IS IT TENDS TO BURN UP A TON OF MENTAL ENERGY. THEREFORE, YOU START TO BECOME DEPENDENT ON IT.  I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SPRING INTO ACTION AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE WITHOUT HAVING TO SPEND 5 MINUTES GETTING MY HEAD TOGETHER AND BANGING ON THE WALL. I THINK IT CAN BE A GOOD THING FOR YOUNG GUYS BECAUSE THEY ALMOST LIKE A LEARNING PROCESS THEY NEED TO GO THROUGH. SOMETIMES THEY HAVE A LOT OF ANGER THEY GOT A HARNESS AND GET IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION INSTEAD OF UNLEASHING IT IN STUPID WAYS. 

 THE PROBLEM I SEE WITH USING A BERSERKER STYLE LONG-TERM IS THAT YOU DEVELOP YOUR OWN PAVLOVIAN RESPONSE. THAT MEANS THIS IF YOU’RE TEACHING YOURSELF TO BE ANGRY ALL THE TIME THAT STARTS TO FLOW OUTSIDE OF THE GYM AS WELL AND EVERY TIME YOU WALK INTO THE GYM YOU IMMEDIATELY GET THAT OVERLY TENSE RESPONSE BECAUSE YOUR CONDITION TO IT. THIS IS GOING TO SOUND WEIRD BUT I HAVE ACTUALLY FOUND ON STRONGEST WHEN I’M LAUGHING. I THINK THAT COMES FROM A PLACE OF ADD A LOT OF BACKGROUND OF FOCUSING.

I ALSO THINK WHEN YOU LAUGH YOU'VE  GOTTEN PAST ANY KIND OF FEAR WITH A THING, OR PAST TAKING THINGS OVERLY SERIOUS WHICH I HAVE THE TENDENCY TO DO IN REGARD TO LIFTING, AND INTO THE PURE JOY OF WHAT’S GOING ON AND I TEND TO RESPOND BEST TO THAT. WHEN I WAS YOUNG I BE MAD FOR DAYS IF I MISSED A LIFT. NOW I SIMPLY GO ON AND MAKE IT LATER. KIND OF LIKE THIS I WANT TO CONDITION MYSELF FOR THAT ENDORPHIN RESPONSE. IN ADDITION TO HAPPINESS TO BE BUILT UP THROUGH MY WORKOUT INSTEAD OF TO GET THERE THROUGH GOING THROUGH A HARD MENTAL PLACE AND BEING EXHAUSTED. 

CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED IS THE WAY TO GO. HOWEVER I STILL HAVE THAT ABSOLUTELY INTENSE DESIRE THAT COMES WITH THE BERSERKER STYLE BUT IT JUST COMES OUT IN A MUCH MORE CALM USE OF ENERGY AND MANIACAL LAUGHING WAY, HAHA.”

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