thanks for that advice mate.Carlin said:As cliched as it sounds, practice really does make perfect with heaves.
I practiced them a lot before selection and improved rapidly.
However I can vouch for all those who say it's about the effort.
When I did selection, when my group went to do the strength tests etc I was the last in the line for the heaves.
The guys in front of me seemed to be averaging between 4 and 8 so when it was my turn I stopped as soon as I hit 11 thinking that because I'd done more than everyone else that I'd breezed it.
I was wrong though, the PTI wanted to know why I'd stopped when it seemed obvious to him I could have put extra effort in and done a few more.
He openly praised the lads who gritted their teeth and put every bit of effort into doing 4 or 8 or whatever, but was critical of me who'd done more but didn't show as much effort.
It was a valuable lesson learned, so any advice I can pass on would be put as much effort into doing as many as possible, don't stop because you think you've done better than you need to and dont worry too much if you really go for it but don't achieve as many as the guy before you.