And Why Everyone should do it!
Upon completion of our weightlifting meet this past weekend, I feel that this is a good time to talk about competing.
Competition, although contrary to what most people believe, is not about winning, but about performing your best. In the sport of weightlifting it is an even greater test of ones self as you are all alone on the platform. No one can help you.
That is a sobering thought especially for someone who has played team sports their whole life. I also had a good run as an individual on the handball court, but even with individual sports like that you have time to recover from a mistake during the game. On the platform you have one chance to get it right and only a split second to make it perfect. For me, the toughest part of this sport is not the heavy squats or hard work you put in before the competition, it’s stepping out onto that platform knowing that you only have one chance to successfully lift the weight that is going to put you on the podium or prove to be your Personal Record and will set the stage for your training for the next couple months.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the pressure. It is certainly something you have to get used to as the weights get heavier and you start reaching outside your comfort zone, but I think it is very rewarding to get up there and show everyone what you are made of regardless of your potential to win.
Stay posted for future weightlifting competitions. As a Strength and Conditioning participant, you can compete against your own weights and times. Blake’s assessment tests last week, are the perfect way to start tracking your progress throughout your training.
SL Box Jump x4,
Rest 1 min