You are Never "Ready" to Compete

When I talk to someone new to the sport of powerlifting about competing it always comes down to the same response, "I'm not ready yet". People feel like they need more time or do not have numbers that are worthy of competition. Let me tell you something right now, you are NEVER "ready", you just DO IT

This past weekend we had 20 competitors gather at Gaglione Strength for our small SPF Deadlifting Contest. It was the widest array of strength levels I have ever seen. We had anywhere from 200 lb attempts by total newcomers to the sport, to 800 lb attempts from some of the best talent in the sport. The common theme of the day was that everybody cheered each other on and had fun, because at the end of the day it is about enjoying yourself and taking your strength to places it's never been

I'm going to be quite frank and honest with you, nobody gives a shit about what you lift besides yourself, your coaches, and friends. Nobody looks down on you if you lift an empty bar. Most the time at a meet you don't even know who you are competing with that day. I personally hate the word competing because it leads people to believe that they need to do better than other people when in reality the sport is a competition with yourself

I know the feeling a first time lifter has because we have all been through it. You get nervous and feel like your numbers will never be "good enough" to take it to the level of actual competition. You talk yourself out of it every single time. You need to stop thinking and just register for a meet. Even taking the step of simply registering and your training will improve so much because your focus is sharper

I drove 6 hours away for my first meet, up in Buffalo, NY. It was just my girlfriend and I, no coaches, no family, no friends. I was as nervous as could be. I had no clue what to expect and I didn't consider myself "strong enough". Looking back I laugh because I must have looked like such a rookie but that's what makes the growing experience so special, you get to see where you started. To tell you the truth that is still one of my favorite experiences in powerlifting because I PR'd on all my lifts, and more importantly I met some awesome people that were willing to lend a helping hand to a new lifter. It was a great time I'll never forget and I am thankful I decided to go for it or my journey in the sport might be so different today. You just need to act and stop talking yourself out of it

I have yet to meet someone who had a terrible first experience in powerlifting. Your first meet sets the bar for your future. You make all your lifts count in competition and you only work on improving from there. This gives direction to your training from here on out which is exciting. Throughout the next training cycle until your next meet you want to prepare yourself to be stronger than you were last meet. You will only have that benchmark for training if you do a competition

Stop telling yourself you aren't "ready". After your first meet you'll be kicking yourself that you didn't start sooner. You will never be ready thinking like that. This is a sport for everyone, weight on a bar is weight on a bar and it is all relative to each lifter. 45 lbs or 400 lbs, when you lift more weight than you ever have that's a memorable experience. Take the leap and sign up! If you don't now you never will. It will be the best thing you ever do for your training and will make you a stronger person when you challenge yourself physically and mentally

- Coach Ben

If you are thinking about signing up for a meet and would like to have guidance through your first experience, please feel free to email me at coachben@bigbenchas.com!