Gaining Confidence Before A Meet

Last week I urged any lifters prepping for a meet to avoid a test day too close to competition day. Now, I want to give you some suggestions for what you can do if you are getting close to a meet and feel like you “don’t know where you are at.”

If you are feeling really unsure about where your lifts are sitting, or that your lifts aren’t feeling great, you can manipulate a few training variables to help you boost your confidence. This is easier to do at 12 weeks out than 3 weeks out, but by no means is it impossible to give yourself a confidence boost close to meet day. The method I have found to work best is increasing the number of reps a lifter does with their higher intensity weights. As you prep, starting anywhere from 12-5 weeks out usually, the weight is going to get heavier and heavier and end up being pretty close to you max (in the 90+% range) in the week or weeks before the meet. Increasing the number of reps you are doing with these weights can help alleviate some of the anxiety about having to lift them at the meet. To be clear, I am not suggesting you increase the weights - if you have a program, stick to what you’ve got laid out. What I am suggesting is that maybe you spend more time repping those weights (in lower ranges, like 2-5 reps) leading up to the meet. This might mean cutting out some accessory or secondary lifts to give you the extra time and recovery. Getting this extra practice, and dominating the weights over and over can go a long way to giving you confidence going into competition day.

Tune in next week, when I’ll continue talking about the stress leading up to a meet, and embracing your uncertainty.

- Nigel, Kizen Coach (IG @captain.planet)