To Tommy, the secret lies in the power of positive thinking. "Successful weightlifting is not in the body" says Kono. "It's in the mind. You can lift as much as you believe you can. Your body can do what you will it to do"
It's all in the mind.
"I don't think of my opponent, even in a close contest. I never would say to myself. 'I hope he slips' That's a negative attitude. Saying that, you're relying on outside help. The will has got to come from me. It's all up to me"
"Just before bending down for the bar, I look up. That relaxes my back. I get the feeling that my direction is up. Then I grip the bar and take a deep breath and arch my back. Then I feel in the mood. I feel like a pouter pigeon. When I feel tension on my lower back, I rock backward and the weight comes up automatically. I think of the steps not the weight. Thinking of the weight would unnerve me"