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Can’t keep up the good work? Suck it up and read on…

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning

Introduction

Anyone who’s ever done martial arts has been told to “[hit/kick/strike] through the pad”. This is a useful little visualisation which makes sure your strikes penetrate into your target and don’t decelerate. Applying this same habit to your training can make a world of difference.

So what does this have to do with training?

A close friend of mine is currently training hard to hit 500lbs in the deadlift. He pulls a strong 405lbs. Should he aim for 410lbs, then 415lbs, 420lbs… 495lbs, 500lbs, and inch his way to glory — or should he aim for 450lbs, then power on to 500lbs? I think you can guess what I think. Here’s why:

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