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The Stages of a Dead Lift PR, As Told by Buddy the Elf

By December 15, 2017Motivation

Preparing to try for a personal record for any lift is an emotional thing.  You’re nervous, frustrated, and exhilarated all at once.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ve expressed some of the things I go through during a training session, as told by my favorite Christmas movie character, Buddy the Elf.

The Night Before

Carb loading for the big day with anything you can get your hands on (preferably candy, candy corns, candy canes, and syrup)…

The Day Of

Walking into the gym ready to dominate like… 

And then you walk to the squat rack and stretch while you mentally prepare yourself… 

While you warm-up, you watch some powerlifters throw around 495 pounds like it’s no problem… 

And, finally, you’re mentally ready and you start setting up your barbell…

Only to drop a 45 pound plate on your foot because you were just so ~in the zone~… 

This psyches you out and you realize that this PR is going to be much more challenging than you thought…

Dropping the barbell mid lift, you get extremely frustrated because you know you’re strong enough to pull this weight…

So you give yourself a pep talk to get your head back in the game…

And just when you think you can’t do it, you hit that PR with such ferocity that you can’t help but do a happy dance… 

Your lifting buddy comes over and is just as proud as you are…

And you walk out of the gym with great pride, either entirely exhausted… 

…or so jazzed about your PR that you can’t help but cheerfully skip out…

Either way, you just did what you once couldn’t do, and you can’t wait to do it again! 

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Author Eileen Jones

NYC bound, but currently a junior at Miami University, Eileen gets through long hours of studying Public Health and Nutrition by drinking at least 4 cups of coffee a day. When she's not looking up cute animal videos on YouTube, she can be found intensely picking things up and putting them down at her school's gym. One day you will be able to pick up an issue of her health and fitness magazine at your local newsstand, but for now, check her out @simplyeileen_fit on Instagram!

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