How hyped should you get in the gym?

Joel Snape is a decade-long lifter who has competed in strongman, CrossFit and one kayak ultramarathon. He’s trying to shout less when he squats. Just how hyped up do you get before a big lift? For me, the answer to this was traditionally somewhere between Darth-Maul-pacing-around-before-a-fight and full-blown Hulk-out: anything less, it seemed, just wasn’t trying hard enough. Also, it crept up on me: when I first started lifting seriously (at a nice, clean, mirrors-on-all-the-walls chain gym, thanks very much) even grunting didn’t seem like the done thing. But you know how it goes: a little forceful exhale here, a…
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