Psych Up for Big Lifts
Lifting weight whether in a powerlifting forum or through Olympic weightlifting requires maximal efforts from both the mind and body. A weight lifter should be in an optimal state of arousal in order to perform. Many athletes can have many different rituals to aid in performance and build confidence for big lifts. A favorite song, jumping up and down, slapping the arms and legs, or getting aggressive with the bar can be used as to using mental strategies to facilitate performance. Other popular techniques can include imagery, focus, positive self talk, or rehearsal of the mechanic of a movement in order to “psych up” for a lift or max effort. Psyching up is basically "self-directed cognitive strategies used by individuals to enhance their performance."