Saturday, October 06, 2007

Achieving The Impossible

It is very easy to let others influence you: advice, behavior, opinions, etc.

One thing I am very careful is to temper information I seek or consume with what I know to be true or what I want to be true (within the laws of physics of course). One of my core tenets is just because someone hasn't done it (fill in the blank), doesn't mean it can't be done. It just hasn't been done yet.

I am very fortunate to have a few friends who are generally much smarter than I am that I can bounce training ideas off. I always listen objectively and base the usefulness their advice off what I know intellectually and what I've experienced and compare that particular individual's experience and knowledge with mine. Many times I defer to my friends because they are the voice of reason and sanity. Sometimes, I don't. Many times I pay for that mistake. Sometimes I don't.

Today was one of those few times.

I have had the SAID Principle rolling around in the back of my head for a long time now, chewing on it, mulling it over, ruminating. I figure that since weightlifting is essentially two pulls followed by two reactive squats, that I better be able to do just that--especially the reactive squat part. The more I do it well, the better I'll be able to do it. The only way to do it well is to do it as frequently as possible, as fresh as possible, with as little fatigue as possible. This means that I must perform some form of squatting every session if I want to master the skill of pulling myself under the bar and simultaneously gain strength.

Today, I did just that.

I just finished the first week of training for Nationals--six days in a row squatting, pain free, every day.

I have never done that before. Ever.

In fact, it is downright freaky to not feel my knees while squatting as those two things have been linked together in my mind for so long--squatting and knee pain. Now that chunk is broken and it feels great! It's like throwing off some great weight that I've been carrying around for the last 5 years, maybe even 10, and the right knee--18. Those are long periods of time to carry extra baggage!

This is all fantastic positive mental input. Tomorrow is a day off. I'm going to smile (like I am as I write this) all day long like some kind of fool knowing that I've just accomplished what I once thought was impossible.


Blogger Franz Snideman said...

Awesome Geoff. Achieving things that you have never achieved, like pain free for many days, is a sign that something is going right.

You don't give yourself enough credit bro!

I think I'm ready to take the Z plunge!!!

10:36 PM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

well done geoff. so glad to hear you are doing all this and feeling good. I don't mind being wrong on things like this, lol.
Oh yeah, as well as the Z stuff too.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Franz--training qualitatively is SO MUCH different than training quantitatively, and quite frankly, although I train my clients with the former method, I have always trained myself with the latter. BIG difference! Plus, it's been so long since my training has made me want to train and that's exactly what this week's training did--leave me wanting to come back for more.

Rif--I weigh your advice VERY carefully--in fact I wrestle with it. You are a wealth of information (still waiting for a signed copy of your book...) and I can say that it is in no small part because of you that I have achieved what I have in recent months. In many cases, it doesn't matter who's "wrong" or who's "right," just as long as contributions are made to further the common understanding. Being friends with you has made me smarter--"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Thanks.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Oh yeah Franz, come on in--the water's great!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Brett Jones said...

Awesome Geoff - keep the positive chunking going!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Mike T Nelson said...

EXCELLENT work Geoff! All the long hours and diligent effort is paying off.
The best is yet to come
rock on
Mike N

3:28 PM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

franz, you should,at the very least, get an r phase dvd and manual.there is some great stuff there, especially for your clients. very very basic and simple yet powerful.
geoff, thanks for the kind words and glad to know I have helped you in some small way and on some level.
same with you and z for me. I knew there had to be something there for you to be so gaga over it and you were right it looks like :))

As much as I hope this works for you I can't wait to see the time when you train kbs as your main protocol and specialize on the power snatch just for fun. healthy and strong as hell.
have fun!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Frankie Faires said...

response to you here:

10:10 PM  

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