I recently came across this blog written by Matt Foreman on the Catalyst Athletics homepage. I must admit it was the headline that attracted me in the first place (but I guess that’s intended). Once I started reading, I found the content to be the perfect combination of funny and informative. If you’ve ever competed at weightlifting competitions, you’ll know exactly what he’s talking about. Some people enjoy the spotlight and others (including myself), perform better in a training environment. I remember one day when I was weightlifting with Sarah, and I was complaining about people looking / standing in front of me when I had to attempt a max snatch. She said: “The only problem here is you. People standing around you have no influence on your lift whatsoever. You can’t keep sneaking in PR’s when no ones watching”. She was right. Point is, you can get better at dealing with performance anxiety if you practice. – Ditte
Do you like it when people look at you? Seriously, answer the question. It’s pretty simple, brothers and sisters. When you know people are watching you, do you enjoy it? Or does it make you all uncomfortable and squirmy?
(…) It should be fairly obvious that getting up in front of people is one of the basic components of being a competitive lifter. When you enter a weightlifting meet, you have to walk onto a platform all by yourself and lift the bar over your head…with a crowd of people watching you.
This really rattles some people.
Read the full blog here: http://m.catalystathletics.com/blog/blog.php?blogID=1796