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    Mental blocks:

    What has been your guys's biggest mental blocks. Mine was definitley a 225 powerclean. It took me months to get this, but when I did It was just....easy.

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    300lb bench. 295 would go up fast, and then 300 would stall out every time.
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    Honestly? 135 on the bench. For some reason I'm constantly stuck there and it's really frustrating. Pretty much causes me to hate/dread bench press.

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    This may be a bit of a surprise, but for me it is squatting heavy.

    I have always had the strength but for some reason never felt comfortable with heavy squats. I remember there was a time when I hit 315 lbs x 20 but still had never done a 400 lbs squat. Recently I have hit 500 lbs for a few reps in just belt/knee sleeves and 405 lbs x 14 so I guess that I have broken down parts of that barrier. I still have never done a 1RM squat though since I have been lifting.
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    225 Bench. I box squatted 315 LONG before I even benched 180 for 2, I'm not built to bench at all - and I still don't really know how to bench!

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    Any max attempt. Seriously my big three are about 25lbs apart from my 5x max. Squatting heavy as well. Theres nothing like unracking a heavy bar only knowing that you have to bring it down in the hole and back up and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    This may be a bit of a surprise, but for me it is squatting heavy.

    I have always had the strength but for some reason never felt comfortable with heavy squats. I remember there was a time when I hit 315 lbs x 20 but still had never done a 400 lbs squat. Recently I have hit 500 lbs for a few reps in just belt/knee sleeves and 405 lbs x 14 so I guess that I have broken down parts of that barrier. I still have never done a 1RM squat though since I have been lifting.
    This...The most I attempt are 3 rep maxes. Too many bad things can happen on a purely 1RM squat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLaughlin View Post
    Honestly? 135 on the bench. For some reason I'm constantly stuck there and it's really frustrating. Pretty much causes me to hate/dread bench press.
    Word!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant seem to increase very much at all on my bench. I dont know if its mental or what, but I suck ass at bench. It is one lift I will not bring up in a conversation. I started at 95lbs and im going to work up.
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    Mine was 225 on bench! Seeing two plates got in my head! Gone now though!! It isn't a block but I wanna see 4 plates on dead up beside my thighs! Should be cool! We will see how I handle it next month.
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    225 bench. took me forever to get....225 power clean came somewhat easy to me as well as 315 squat. something about those big 45s :P
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    My biggest block was probably benching 315 the first time. I could do 300 a few times but just couldn't get up that 315, but eventually I just got over it and now I can do it for reps.

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    Mental blocks ... oh so many.

    Bench press without a spotter or rack - dropped a bar on chest in youth.

    Heavy squats under any circumstance.

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    Believing that 300/400/500 was the limit of what a normal guy like me can achieve. The closer I got to those numbers, the more I believed I was reaching my max potential. It was a mental barrier that I will soon be past
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    Just knowing the amount that's on the bar is a mental block. For instance, I know I can deadlift 405 lbs....and most likely if someone put 450 on the bar and told me it was 405 I could probably do it. But if I knew it was 450, I'd probably not be able to do it! That's the mental barrier I have with all my lifts. I have a "mental max", for all my lifts, so if someone were to load the bar with more then my "mental max" to trick me, I'd probably be able to move more weight....maybe not though, I dunno.

    Also, heavy squatting scares the s*** out of me. I'm less intimidated by a moderately heavy set of 20 then a 1RM or even a 3RM or 5RM....I feel that there's so many things that can go wrong if my form isn't perfect (in fact, squats have kicked my a** many times before...nothing serious though...).
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    The first was benching 225, it intimidated the hell out of me. Then it was 315. I've done 325, but 315 still intimidates me. I've got bad shoulders and have been trapped under the bar, so it still gets me because I'm really under the bar.
    Every once in a while, I'll look at the weight on the bar and think to myself, "can I really squat this?". Then I get under it and do it and it's not so bad. It can be intimidating, though.
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    im with you on the power clean. when i used to clean 225+ any new 1rm attempts i would sit and rock the bar for a good 3 minutes and think way too much about perfect form and end up messing it up. just need to walk up, set, grip and fling. that or deep squat 1rm's would always get me thinking too much when i got in the hole and i would usually biff.
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    When I was first training it was kicking up 65lb dumbbells for shoulder presses. I just could not do it, week in and week out I would fail.... it got quite embarrassing.

    Hitting a 300lb bench also ****ed with my head for awhile.
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