Again, while a knee is not the same thing as the spine, I have had both knees operated on and have squatted over 800 raw about 15+ times since. The fear is GOOD. The fear keeps you honest. The fear drives me to try to be perfect.
I am scared that if I don’t do my rehab/mobility work that I will re-injure myself, so I do it religiously. I am scared that if my technique isn’t spot on that I will re-injure myself, so every rep is taking with extreme attention to detail. I am afraid that if I don’t maintain structural balance and integrity I will re-injure myself, so I never skip accessory.
See where I am going with this?
If you’re doing everything right, you must trust in the process and trust in the fact that you have done everything you can. Follow the plan and load appropriately. Trust that you’ll never get under a weight you aren’t prepared for because you’ve done everything in your power to get ready for it.
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Paul is an elite level raw Powerlifter with personal bests of an 805lbs squat, 440lbs bench, 725lbs deadlift and a 1960lbs total in the 242lbs class, as well as an 800lbs squat, 430lbs bench, 700lbs deadlift and 1930lbs total in the 220lbs class.
Paul brings a deep educational background to the team as he has earned Master’s degrees in both Sports Management and Exercise Science. He is a former D1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach, who now works as a Functional Rehabilitation Specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Paul provides coaching services in the areas of training and nutrition through his company Master Athletic Performance and is also the co-founder of a technology company, 1-Life Inc. Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!