The gym is a place where you repeat things.
- Some people repeat numbers.
- Some people repeat what they did last week.
- Some people repeat and old routine.
- Some people repeat what got them gains.
I know from experience, that when you repeat something new your body adapts and grows. If you repeat the same old routine your body gets used to it and plateaus.
IAG reps are something I use to push myself at the gym…
One of the gym fundamentals is to go past the numbers and into the realm of pain. The realm of pain is a place where the numbers floating in your head cease to exist. There is no, “Oh I’m on my 8th rep. Two more and then on to pink dumbbells.”
This realm of pain is where you are squeezing out every last rep you can possibly do. You should look like you’re going to kill over.
- Imagine if someone had a gun to your head, and kept telling you to keep going or else. That’s the barrier you are trying to break.
There are multiple ways to use IAG reps. You can use them to squeeze out a couple or extra reps or you can go balls out, and see how far the line is.
What Are IAG Reps?
IAG reps are “I am great” reps. IAG reps are something I designed to push you body and mind at the same time.
Lets say your max is 6 reps of heavy bicep curls…
…and you want to squeeze out more. You want to go past 6 reps…
On the 6th rep, I’ll say the word, “I”, then on the 7th rep I’ll say the word, “am” then on the 8th rep I’ll say, “great”.
The rule is you must finish saying the sentence — either out loud or in your mind
This works amazing for squeezing out extra reps. It pumps and primes my brain for success. You can also think of this as training for the mind…
If I’m able to keep going I restart the mantra. On the 9th rep, I’ll say, “I”, then on the 10th rep, “am”, 11th rep, “great”.
To sum it up:
When your muscles are shaking and you feel like you can’t go anymore, start the sentence and finish the sentence as many times until failure.
You can make the sentence whatever you want:
“I am the shit.”
“Too big to Ignore.”
“I am the best.”
“I will succeed.”
THE ONLY RULE IS YOU MUST FINISH THE SENTENCE. JUST LIKE IN LIFE — IF YOU START SOMETHING YOU MUST FINISH IT!
The stuff you repeat to yourself over and over, is what you will subconsciously believe. If you’re going to repeat things in your head, you might as well make them great things about yourself.
Some books on this subject:
The reason I do IAG reps is to build an anchor point to come back to when I need it. Because I’ve hammered it into my brain at the gym, I can now tap into it when I’m outside of the gym.
That’s why it’s important to go all out when you do IAG reps.
Addition Ways To Use
When I’m feeling angry, I like to go hard and heavy. When my muscles are shaking and I think I can’t do anymore I go into IAFG mode.
IAFG is a step up. “I am fucking great.”
This give me an extra push to complete the sentence.
It’s also a form of meditation.
IAG reps as a form of state control
Anytime I think, “I am great” — memories of killing it at the gym come rushing back.
Just like Pavlov’s dogs (the experiment where dogs are trained to salivate at the ring of a bell), I’ve trained my mind to do the same.
Other Things I’ve Tried
I’ve experimented with using dark imagery and anger. Both of those things work for pushing your limits. If you are going through a tough time, there is no better time for lifting heavier at the gym.
Channeling anger into the weights is like being on steroids.
But over time it’s like picking at an old wound that’s already healed. If you get good at dark imagery you can always tap into it.
I wanted to know if there was a way to make yourself go farther without the use of dark imagery or anger. IAG reps where the closest thing I could come up with.
The good thing is you can take this with you outside of the gym. Doing this will build your mind and body at the same time.
Even if you are a skinny guy, this will give you a confidence boost and make you feel like a real man. Pretty soon, what you repeat becomes reality. The mind wants to match the body and the body wants to match the mind.