I’m not overly concerned if the first time I attempt something heavy it’s messy and short. For some exercises its about getting weight in my hands.
Nothing can ever substitute the feeling of weight.
No amount of assisted reps, high rep sets, tempo reps, negatives, rest pause will ever give you the feeling of heavy weight.
The only way to get the feeling of weight through your body is to lift it.
The shock to the system that new weight brings is enough to instantly wipe your thinking. Go into a set with a plan of execution, pick up the weight and quickly find the only thought you have is, “OH SHIT!”
I’ve done partial squats with 360kg when I weighed 80kg and the moment I un-racked it, everything in my vision went black! The crushing sensation and stress through my body was enough to completely blind me! I felt my organs compressing as the weight pushed me into the floor.
Nothing can prepare you for the first time. So get it over with and pick it up.
Going short the first time with a heavy weight is ok.
When I was first trying to pull 300kg I failed it half a dozen times over a few months. The weight just messed with my head. The visual of 7 plates a side messed with my head.
After the last frustrating missed attempt I made sure that every time I trained back I would get over 300kg in my hands in some way.
I didn’t care if the high rack deadlifts started at mid thigh and only moved a few inches. If it allowed me to put 360kg on the bar and move it then that was fine. I didn’t care if the 300kg shrugs I was doing barely moved. If it meant I stood there for 30 seconds with 300kg in my hands, I was ok with that.
I also let my stiff leg deadlifts go short. I wanted that movement to be done with as much weight as I was trying to lift off the floor. I didn’t care about isolating my glutes or activating my hamstrings. I was training a movement and weight with a bigger goal in mind.
Doing shorter reps allowed me to lift more than 300kg and got me used to the feeling of the weight and also the site of it. Once you’ve seen 10 plates each side, going back to 7 is like stepping out of a Mack Truck and jumping into a Mini.
After a few months of doing this I was able to pull 300kg from the floor for the first time. Yes it was heavy. It always will be, but my head was so used to the site and feel of it I was able to focus on lifting and not be concerned with the unknown.
I still use this tactic with other exercises.
At the end of a program most of my pressing movements are a little short. I’m fine with db pressing 75 and 80kg dumbbells short because the only way I’m ever going to feel that weight is by attempting it.
If at the end of one training cycle I can get the 75s up and push them for a few short reps, goal achieved. Now in the next program I’m going to try and get 80s up.
If my training is doing what its supposed to, then I’m going to be getting stronger over time. If I get stronger then ill be able to lift the heavier weights. If I’m getting stronger then reps that were short will start to get deeper.
This is training progress.
If my training is bullshit and I’m cheating things that I should do properly, well thats going to result in me not making any progress.
I’m fine with ugly reps, cheat reps, short reps, any kind of rep that results in progress being made.
What I’m not ok with is lazy training and ego lifting in an attempt to lift beyond my means.
I let heavy reps go short to get the weight in my hands.
If I let lighter reps go short, that’s just bad training.
Fuck what others say and think. If you’re short cheat reps lead to progress then keep doing them.
If you tell everyone you can squat 5 plates but barely bend your knees when doing so…..STFU, quit cheating and learn how to train.