By Nick Nilsson
Author of Time-Volume Training
One of the most memorable times to me where I really entered the "flow" state where conscious thinking and distraction just shuts off and performance takes a quantum leap forward was under the squat bar about 24 years ago.
I had been building up to it for awhile...I was going to put 315 pounds on the bar and see how many reps I could get with it.
The workout was going to be just two sets...one activation set to get into the groove of the squat and then the main event.
On my way to the gym, I felt ready. It felt...different. I couldn't really put my finger on it but everything was clicking and I knew this was going to be a good one. I was single-minded in purpose.
When I walked in, I told the weight room monitor what I was going to do and not to call an ambulance right away if I was on the floor for awhile...because I knew I was going to be.
The squat rack I wanted was empty...perfect.
I did a few reps with just the bar to get some blood pumping.
Then I put a plate on either side and did an easy set of 10. It felt like I had nothing on my back.
I put another plate on each side for my activation set...and proceeded to do 50 reps with 225 lbs like it was nothing.
For real, I could have kept going but I didn't want tire myself out too much for the 315. This was going to be good.
I racked the bar, put another pair of plates on then rested 7 minutes (weird number, I know...it was enough time for full recovery but not so much time that I lost the groove).
I gripped the bar. I didn't bang my head against anything. I didn't stomp around like a crazy person. I didn't scream or psyche up at all. I just stared at the bar and let the rest of the world slip away.
I don't know if I knew what I was doing exactly, but it felt like that's what I needed to do.
Little did I know, I was entering what's called the "flow" state....relaxed, highly focused and fully engaged in the task.
I got under the bar, gripped it solidly and got it set on my back, just like I had a thousand times before. I unracked the bar, stepped back and started squatting.
The first ten reps were easy....up and down like a piston. I was impressed...315 pounds shouldn't feel this light.
The next ten reps got harder. The bar was moving slower as I approached 20 reps. Now I was starting to feel it.
At this point, my perception of time began to change...I was going deeper and deeper into my head.
The reps are really starting to grind.
In my head, all I'm thinking is "get to 30...get to 30...get to 30" as I count each rep. I was going to a place I had never been.
Then the singular thought came... Don't stop. Get 40.
All I know are numbers.
There is nothing but the next rep.
As I came to the top of that last rep, it felt like I was firing every single muscle fiber in my entire body at once. I slammed the bar into the rack and collapsed to the ground in a heap. I literally could not get up for 10 minutes.
Getting to 30 was incredible, for sure, but during those last 10 reps, I entered a state of flow the likes of which I had never experienced before and haven't experienced since. Time lost all meaning. I was practically unstoppable and performing beyond anything I had ever thought I could do.
I would honestly liken it to an out-of-body experience.
It was the most grueling thing I had ever done and yet I felt like I was both outside myself and deep inside myself, all at the same time. It was quite an experience.
I've experienced lesser flow states since then, but that one really stands out to me as the pinnacle of what I could achieve when I really nail it.
I always wondered if there was a way I could call up that kind of flow state again on command, so that I could find that peak performance whenever I wanted it.
That's why when I was contacted out of the blue by a guy by the name of C Wilson Meloncelli, I was intrigued...
He told me he had a program called "Hack the Flow State," which is EXACTLY what you think it is...a method to get into that flow state reliably, so that you can take advantage of the improvements in performance and mental clarity, whenever you want it.
I've never seen anything like it.
This stuff is phenomenal.
I've been going through some of the techniques and, while I haven't hit the level of flow that I described above yet, I can already see improvements.
And just so you know, this is not quackery...this is SCIENCE.
Wilson has put together a program that guides you, step-by-step, through everything you need to do to improve your mental conditioning and really take your whole self to another level.
Look, you and I both know that to really achieve maximum physical results, your MIND must be right there driving it.
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