Kolokov: “For the past 6 years, when I prepare for pull in the snatch, I think final position”
In 2008, Dmitry went to the Summer Olympics in Beijing and won the silver medal for his 423 kg (932 pounds) total. He pulled a 193 kg (425 pounds) snatch and a 230 kg (507 pounds) clean and jerk. He has been lifting weights for 20 years, and his father was a weightlifter and provided him with mentorship as well.
As I watched him lift, I noticed something he did before every lift: he paused for 10–20 seconds, stood still, and got present. If you watch the video below, make sure to pay attention to the 1:05–1:20 time frame.
This fascinated me, as for the past 5 years, I have been studying the power of visualization. Whenever I’ve studied a professional athlete or successful businessperson, the one key ingredient many posses is they visualize the end in mind.
Well, I was’t sure what he was doing, so I asked, “Klokov, before you lift the weight up, do you visualize yourself lifting it before you do it?”. At first, he probably didn’t understand the question, so he made a pretty good joke at me about this and said, “No, I look at you before I lift the weight.” When his translator told him what I really said, he spent 3:30 minutes explaining what he thinks about in that 10–20 seconds.
This same principle can apply to you in either your personal or professional life. For example, before I walk into my practice every morning, I visualize tons of healthy and happy people walking in, people bringing in their families because they know the value of being proactive with their health, people asking us to host more workshops and more events because they want to learn more about living a healthy life. Check out this link to watch how to perform visualization in either the gym or at work.
* In the Gym – Before you lift up any weight, whether you’re going for a 1 RM or 3 RM, always visualize yourself completing it before you pull.
* In Business – Before you walk into your office or start your day, close your eyes and visualize how you want your day to run and what clients you want to attract.