I was making fantastic progress on all of my lifts until recently. Now, out of the blue, I'm afraid to lift heavy. I mean, I've always gotten a little anxious before a heavy lift, but now I totally psych myself out before I even attempt it. Seriously, I see 5 plates (500 lbs) on a squat bar and I KNOW I can't do it even though I did it, just a few weeks ago, for multiple reps!
A few weeks back, my buddy forgot to put a clip on the bar and as soon as I stepped away from the rack the weight slid off one side. Maybe that sparked this fear? It was loud and I was startled but I put the weight back on and finished my set.
What's going on?!