Some say “train hard or go home”, some have “it ain’t hard till you puke”, etc, whatever. And those are nice and inspiring, don’t get me wrong. But I do believe we have a better motto when we say
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“Lift, like Every Lift’s your last”
Rhyming words? Check!
Sounds like “Live like Everyday’s your last”? Check!
Wow, really cool metaphor. Check!
Bad ass? Check!
Fires you up? Check!
Plainly sounds good? Check!
But most importantly it represents the Ironthumb intensity protocol perfectly. Check! Check!
What that term above basically means is that most of the lifts that you do (if not all) must be made like a warrior. No that doesn’t mean that you have to be careless and reckless but, you need to keep and maintain the quality of your reps and lifts.
You should not have any room in your heart for sub maximal reps. Remember that “Executing that last, almost impossible, rep causes the body to dip into its reserve ability. Since it only has a small amount of this reserve to draw upon before depletion occurs, the body protects itself from future assaults upon its reserves by enlarging upon its existing ability through the compensatory build-up of more muscle mass.” -Words of Mike Mentzer
Anyways I doubt anybody else but MIke could have better rephrased that.
The reason why we go balls to the wall on every workout and most of the time only do a few sets of pure high intensity working sets (just 2 sets in comparison to the usual 4 sets) is because those are basically the only lifts that count as far as growth is concerned. The body adapts to the high stress so that the next time it could do better which leads to continuous growth and strength gain in due time.
When we say “lift like every lift is your last, this is the “face” that we are talking about:
Now the mindset of “every lit is your last” fits perfectly and beautifully; with every rep you must grind you teeth, bust your ass and you better be reaching failure or else it will be for naught and you would have been better off not lifting weights at all.
Not making every lift like you last means doing some redundant sets that do nothing in service of growth but only make the workout longer and less efficient.
Not making every lift like you last means that you are basically “dogging” it and guess what – your results would also be “dogging” it.
Not making every lift your last means that you can do 8 reps maximum with 150 lbs but you instead did 100 lbs for 8 reps, and extended the number of sets from 2 sets to failure to four useless sets.Follow @AboutLifting
Not making every rep like your last means that you are wasting your time doing useless sets that will never lead to any adaptive response of growth and strength gain, but also most likely on something that you don’t want to do at all (lift weights). You would be better off at home watching the latest chic flicks instead of insulting the iron plates by lifting them.
And not making every lift or rep like your last also means that you are probably just wasting your money on gym memberships on the count off you really never wanted to lift at all. Please do the other members a favor and stop “working out” since the space and the equipment that you occupy in the gym would be of better use to a serious lifter.
Thus I do hope all you will lift weights like it’s their last. Eat your eggs, people!