I started the workshop by telling a story of my experiences competing for the first-time. When I began in powerlifting there were very little resources to find out how to get involved. As well, there weren’t many local competitions and traveling for your first competition was very much part of the process. If you waited until a competition came to your hometown you might be waiting a couple years. So while I was living in Calgary, AB, I booked a flight to Winnipeg, MB to compete for the first time. When I arrived at the competition venue it was like walking into a different universe. Nothing was familiar. I didn’t know where I had to be and when. I had no idea how the sequences of a competition panned out, the protocols for weigh-ins or warm-ups, or what the movement standards were for the lifts. While I managed to get two out of three of my squat attempts, I wasn’t able to complete any successful bench press attempts. In powerlifting, if you don’t successfully lift at least one attempt in each of the three movements you get disqualified. As powerlifters say, you “bomb out”. Needless to say, flying to a new city and bombing out is not the way you want to start your powerlifting career. However, through trial and error, I persevered and was able to find success in many subsequent competitions.
I believe the value in hosting a workshop on competing for the first time is that athletes can walk into a competitive powerlifting environment and feel confident and comfortable in their abilities. The sad fact is that many first-time powerlifters “bomb out” in their first competition because of a lack of sport knowledge, not because they lack strength. Often these athletes decide to hang up their singlet way too early, and as a result, the sport of powerlifting loses many potential future champions.
I am very grateful to be able to give back what I’ve learned over the years through my mistakes and blunders so that others can reach success in their athletic pursuits.
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