Have you ever wanted to do something so badly, but you told yourself that you can't or you aren't strong enough to do that yet? Well here is the thing, you can't win the race if you don't join it first. Of course it's not always about winning, but you get my point.
I have even better news, the excuse "I'm Not Strong Enough Yet" doesn't even work in the sport of Powerlifting! People of all ages and strength levels participate in the sport of powerlifting. Kids all the way to elderly. Yes, I'm talking people in their 80's. Here comes the next excuse - "I'm not an athlete". Wrong! I met a woman in her 60's a few weeks back and she started competing 4 years ago. She works harder than most people I see in the gym on a daily basis! The last one just might be, "I'm not a dude". Great, because I'm not either! 1/3 of lifters in the sport are female - how exciting is that! At a whopping 125.7#, you can enter the platform just like anyone else!
Here is why powerlifting just might be for you:
1. You aren't judged on how strong you are relative to others - it's your total, your records, your strengths. Do you want to be a competitor, maybe. Do you want to set world records, maybe. But do you have to participate just for that. No! Compete because you want to be stronger than yesterday. Compete because you want to add purpose and value to your training.
2. At the end of the day, no matter who places in their weight class/age category, you have a community that supports you for being confident enough to display your hard work on the platform.
Don't make the same mistake I did, and here comes my story.... I'll keep it short.
I have been lifting for the past 7 years and coaching for the last 5 (not including the lifting I dabbled in in high school). I wake up every day with the goal to help others find a purpose behind what they do, but here I am training to train. I was asked all the time, what are you training for? My answer, just working to put more numbers on the bar and be strong. What kind of answer is that?? Put your hard work to use - give it a purpose (hindsight!). It wasn't until a friend of mine asked me, why aren't you competing? It wasn't the first time someone asked me that, but it was going to be the last. At first, I used the same excuse everyone else uses. "I'm not strong enough yet.." WHY???
This same excuse is why I struggled getting past 205# in my squat for a single (Now I can rep that 7 times for multiple sets), and why my deadlift barely went above 185# and now I am at 270. I give credit to simply making the decision to put a purpose behind what I do in the gym. Anyone who shows up with a purpose or more likely going to get the results they are looking for.
We hold ourselves back for the fear of embarrassment, failing, and disappointment. We are only embarrassing ourselves, failing ourselves, and disappointing ourselves because of our lack of effort.
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1. Don't let the "I'm not strong enough" excuse be yours. Strength is relative, you have to start somewhere.
2. Don't stand in the way of your own progress - it's only you that you are disappointing. Give your progress a purpose!
3. Powerlifting is more than heavy lifting, it's a purpose to your training, it's a community, and it welcomes all ages and strengths.