Monday, January 10, 2011

The Case of the Missing Mojo

As much as I hate to say this, I think I've lost my weightlifting mojo. Did some back squats and deadlifts but just didn't feel the urge to grind it out. I already took a few days off. I don't feel tired. I just didn't feel like lifting heavy.

So what should I attribute this slump in form to? What is my excuse? I got no excuse. I'm just lazy as heck. The funny thing is when I'm not training I actually miss it. But something just doesn't feel right when I get under the bar.

Confused? So am I.

On another note... I was reading some articles over at DragonDoor when I stumbled across a writeup on programming the deadlift, of which the writer mentioned about the Russian Squat Routine, or specifically... the pre-RSR. You can read the article here.

It made me recall the stuff I read in Pavel Tsatsouline's book Power to the People. Hmm... gotta do something to bring my mojo back. I gotta go back to the drawing board.


FatLouie said...

maybe u need some boost from new and diff kind of exercises or partner? *wink*

I was there before. Lost the motivation. Lazy but not tired. Just plain lazy. And I've been lazy for a year! hahaha.. gile kan?

Aizan Suhaira said...

Lazy for a year? Aiyooo that's not good!

Err.. what kind of partner are we talking about here? LOL!

Rajan said...

Aizan: This sounds like burnout to me. Where you just become fed up with doing the same thing over and over again. Sometimes you wonder, why am i doing all this for?

For me, it helps to set some new goals for yourself. That way you have something to aim for and that will keep you motivated. Maybe, i will be 5kg heavier in 1 month or lift an additional 10kg in 1 month.

For me, i was getting complacent until everyone i met kept saying...
1) Rajan, why you losing so much weight.
2) Stopped going to gym is it?
3) Don't lose so much weight lah, doesn't look good on you.

ARGGHHHH. So i am now on a quest to pound on some SERIOUS mass so people say "Wow, looks like you have been beefing up" or something to that effect.

So yeah... try to set some new goals for yourself. It helps.

Fat Louie's idea is also a good one. Getting a partner definitely helps.

Aizan Suhaira said...

Rajan: I think you're right. It does sound like I've burned out.

I've tweaked my training somewhat. I omitted lifts that I am not the biggest fan of, just to get rid of the mental block and do my favourite lifts only. Perhaps for a few weeks.

Hopefully, I'll regain my competitive spirit back and be back doing full fledged training.

and forget about the partner stuff. It's tough as it is when I don't even have a gym membership and train at home.