Sometimes your plateau in fitness has nothing to do with reps, sets, exercises, rest periods or even the type of workout you do. In fact it can be totally mental.
My friend Mike Westerdal recently had an experience just like that and this is how he overcame it.
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How to Set a Personal Record In The Gym Without
Changing Your Workout
~by Mike Westerdal, CPT, RKC
For many years, I’ve pushed myself and others to reach
the peak of our physical performance.
I’ve carefully planned and executed sophisticated work-
out and nutritional programs to ensure I reached my
physical max. I left no stone unturned scraping out
incremental improvement over incremental improvement.
But one day, a while back, I hit a plateau.
I was trying to increase the weight I was benching but
nothing – no changes in my diet, nor changes to my routine –
would push me past my current weight.
I had yet to hit a 600 pound bench press in practice or
in competition. (If you’re anything like me, you’ll know
the feeling of the frustration that follows when you hit
No matter what I tried, it didn’t work.
Then one day, while waiting in a doctor’s office I picked
up a psychology journal left on the coffee table. Flipping
through it my eye rested on a story about pro athletes and
Right then it hit me. It wasn’t a physical solution I
needed, but a mindset change.
I HAD A PSYCHOLOGICAL BARRIER.
BUT I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO OVERCOME IT.
After hearing about Mike Gillette I managed to get into
one of his strength psychology master classes where he
revealed to a select audience the secret mental strength
techniques he’d used when training special forces and
law enforcement officers.
Within hours, I was a changed man.
That 600 pound bench press barrier I’d struggled to
overcome for months and months was put to the sword
within days of hearing Mike’s inspirational words and
following his simple, easy-to-do mindset exercises.
During the meet I felt awesome. I was so calm, yet
fired up at the same time. I just felt ready and I was
able to block out everything except for the task at hand.
A few weeks later, I called Mike to discuss the changes
I asked him if it was unusual the amount of progress I’d
made in such a short time. Mike casually said ‘no’ and
that most of his students reported life-changing results
after spending just a few hours with him.
I was in stunned disbelief and I practically shouted down
the phone at him…
“MIKE, YOU HAVE TO SHARE THIS WITH THE WORLD…!!”
For the first time, I’d seen that developing a tough mind
was a learned skill.
You are NOT born with it.
Because of this ANYONE can become mentally tough.
No matter what your background, your ability and what
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and not let emotions control you.
… have a calm and disciplined mind that gives
you focus and strength when you need it most.
… develop the kind of military-grade situational
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And Mike can hand the power to you to take control instead
of letting circumstances get the better of you.
At last, I’ve persuaded Mike to open up his toolbox of
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I’ve seen the power of these lessons on the human mind.
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I’m sure you can relate to mental barriers. Why is it that you
can bench 300 lbs no problem but when you see 3 big plates on the
bar for 315 lbs it feels so hard? It’s not your strength, it’s your head.
Why can some guys lift the weight no problem time and time again
in the gym, but when the pressure is on at the meet they bomb out?
Again..it’s not an issue with physical strength. The answer is to
prepare yourself mentally so that you can perform at your peak
Inspired by fitness,
Founder of FitnessAces.com