By far my favorite part of the workout is the seconds before the start of a workout. Here's a great explanation why. . .
From a Coaching perspective, I get to watch the anxiety build in the room. I see the faces start to focus on the task at hand, thinking and thinking, wondering how fast it will be done, how many reps they will get, so on and so forth. . .
Right now, I am watching "Every Second Counts" which pumps me up every time I see it. The most interesting part happens to be that even the most elite athletes (not to say that our athlete's aren't elite) feel the same way most of our athlete's feel before they perform a workout.
Everyone has their pre-workout routine, some ask an incessant amount of questions, which we as Coaches are quick to answer. Some athletes sprint to the bathroom, completely understandable and I have talked that particular situation to death. Some athlete's try and request different music so that they can get in the zone or at least comfortable prior to the workout. Some athletes go so far as to coat their hands in chalk in the hopes that they won't have to chalk them again.
Others clear the mechanism, there tunnel of focus happens to exclude everything and everybody and only the sound of the coaches voice bellowing, "GO!" gets them moving. And move everyone does. . .
I like the fact that when a athlete comes into the gym, they have pre-conceived notions of what to expect of the evening once they look at the whiteboard. The energy they get when they surprise themselves with a PR is unbelievable. I have said it before, it changes everything about you. All our workouts lend themselves to bettering all your lifts, you just have to push yourself. It may not be the best analogy, but don't be the dog who runs before the ball is thrown and then misses which direction it went. Be the dog who waits to see where the ball went and then get after it with a wild ambition that you possess deep inside.
Workouts aren't meant to be purely physical in nature, they are mental as well. So at the Go, find that steely resolve and beat the crap out of what's waiting.
"3, 2, 1, GO!"