By Cristi Bartlett
For every rep gained or every rep missed you learn something. Sunday night, one may have slipped up and had 8 vodka drinks and the next day missed rep after rep on their praised deadlift. But a week later, one had 4 vodka drinks and absolutely smoked every single rep prescribed. What does one learn? One, vodka makes you strong and two, 8 drinks is too much, and well, 4 drinks is just right. It could be that one finds themselves failing at the top of their bench press for a few reps. Could it be that one may need to focus a little more on their lockout. There was a weakpoint and through and imperfect lift, one learned to make this weak point a strength. What about crushing 6 heavy singles with a focus on set up but then turning around and having 4 shitty reps without set up anywhere in thought. One learns that set up is crucial to the success to that lift.
My point is, without these experiences one cannot become a better lifter; For every experience had there is a wealth of knowledge to accompany it.