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    Hello to all.

    In the weight training world we always focus on the "phyisical" training techniques, (exercises, routines, HIIT, HST, MaxStim...)...but not in the Mental part of it.
    There are some cool mental training techniques to help us lift more, be less fatigued etc...
    One of the most powerful (and incredible!) technique is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)...
    in the EFT, we finger tapping in particular body points (similaro to accupressure points) that help us to fight anxiety, reduce pain and increase performance.
    Here a very interesting article on using EFT for weight lifting.

    http://www.emofree.com/performance/weight-lifting.htm

    to learn the standard EFT procedure this video recorded by the EFT inventor

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQp0kA5a5OI

    or this one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYT9VpYuuEo

    I'm experimenting EFT in my workouts and i experiment 2 or 3 more reps on all exercises

    Diego
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    Any free written info on this?
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    the Gary Craig's site is : http://www.emofree.com/
    and it is free.

    You will find a simple guide to EFT.
    you may find the EFT protocol very strange; it is strange but it works

    The site is a huge resource, there are a lot of articles on

    eliminating fobias
    cure fears
    ...

    and peak performance on sports (cure injuries also)

    The site is really huge, so it is a little difficult to browse.

    Dieguz

    PS: there's the community also :

    http://eftcommunity.emofree.com/forums/t/1112.aspx (an article for weighlifting)
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    Basically, from what I can gather, the idea is that you will tap on certain areas of your body while thinking of certain emotions, in order to regain 'balance' to your body's energy field.

    Sounds like pseudoscience to me, but maybe it might work for some people, due to placebo effect. I don't know though, I'm pretty skeptical about it. I guess I could try it, but I'd guess that my skepticism might blunt any psychological effects I may otherwise experience.
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    Squat - 485 lbs
    Bench - 315 lbs
    Deadlift - 635 lbs
    Total - 1435 lbs
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    Hm.. a quick search on google turned up a fairly critical wikipedia article.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion...edom_Technique

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    EFT has been labeled as pseudoscience in The Skeptical Inquirer magazine, based on what the journal describes as its lack of falsifiability, reliance on anecdotal evidence, and aggressive promotion via the Internet.[6] Gary Craig, the developer of EFT, has argued that placebo-controlled studies of EFT are impossible, because tapping anywhere on the body will manipulate "energy meridians". Skeptics have asserted that such an argument renders EFT untestable via the scientific method, and therefore a pseudoscience.[6][7] This argument is also addressed by the Waite and Holder paper, in which the participants tapped on a doll, rather than themselves. Other critics have suggested that EFT's successes are likely to stem from "characteristics it shares with more traditional therapies", rather than manipulation of energy meridians via tapping.[4] A recent article in the Guardian suggested that the act of tapping parts of the body in a complicated sequence acts as a distraction from, and therefore can appear to alleviate the root distress.




    So... my diagnosis is that this technique is no different than when we psyche ourselves up before lifting, and therefore are able to achieve a new PR or get in more reps.
    As we all know, your strength is effected by your state of mind, motivation, etc, so if you do something to get your motivation up, you can experience improvements in performance. This EFT thing might work for some people for that kind of thing, but personally, I'd rather just go in there, growl at the weights for a few seconds, then start lifting.
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    Squat - 485 lbs
    Bench - 315 lbs
    Deadlift - 635 lbs
    Total - 1435 lbs
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    hello Totentaz.

    i appreciate your criticism

    It is pseudoscience, but it works very well.
    It was invented to cure fobias and pains, but it could be used to increase performance in sports.

    if you want, try the protocol discussed in the article.
    It is very important you learn the entire protocol (there is the video) and use the correct phrases.

    I'm training for strength in this period and i'm doing the following experiment (for example on weighted dips)

    Set a weight with you can do 4 reps to failure.

    the reps sequence may be like this:

    1 set) 4 reps to failure
    2 set) 4 reps to failure
    3 set) 2 or 3 reps to failure

    after the 3 set, do one or two EFT rounds (with the correct phrases)

    4 set) you should able to do 4 or 5 or 6 reps!!!!

    i'm not joking; it works really

    Dieguz
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    It works because you believe it works.

    I can lift more if I eat a can of spinach and put on a superman shirt before my workout.
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    I love spinach.
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    (scientific muscle @ Nov. 29 2007,11:06)
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    It works because you believe it works.

    I can lift more if I eat a can of spinach and put on a superman shirt before my workout.

    amen brother!
    230lbs@12%bf

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    The site is so confusing, I wonder if it's on purpose. It reminds me of the motto "confound and conquer". Perhaps the method works because people are just too confused to think of anything, namely their lower back pain. It reminds me of another motto "what you don't know can't hurt you". Which reminds of yet another motto "ignorance is bliss". I could spit out a few more but I think we get the picture of what this method is all about. It's all about putting the brain on the shelf for the duration of the workout.

    I like to keep mine just in case. But to each his own.
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