Most people work out because they know they need to, they know it’s good for their health… but they never truly push themselves. They get by with moderate workouts and get enough exercise in to feel healthy and productive.
But what if, just for one 3 month period, you not only pushed yourself beyond your limits, but created a body and mindset that you could be truly proud of?
Personally, I love competing and I fully intend to do it for years to come. Not everyone will share that passion, of course, and I don’t anticipate that. However, I do think lifters should compete in something at least once. It could be anything: weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, marathons, CrossFit competitions, strongman, anything. However, powerlifting meets, if you have any experience with the big three lifts, are a great option for your first competition.
So WHY should you? Read below:
1.Commitment and dedication
The moment you decide to compete, you decide to commit to something for several months (hopefully, assuming you’re giving yourself ample time to prepare and train and not jumping in last-minute). It can be scary to commit to something months away when we obviously can’t tell what the future holds, but the moment you register for your meet, you are committed.
Every training session up until that meet will test your dedication, and after meet day, you will have set a new threshold of dedication.
What does that mean? Well, when you have remained dedicated to something for several months in the past, you’ll know going forward that you can at least do the equivalent of that. This commitment can be applied to all aspects of life.
2. To prove to yourself you can
Throughout your prep, you will see your coach program numbers, reps, and movements you didn’t think you were capable of before.
Having someone else believe in you, like a coach or friend or family member, sometimes helps you to believe in you. That little extra belief can push you to do things you may not have accomplished without it.
Do something out of your comfort zone, just to know that you can.
3. The experience
There is so much energy in the venue on meet day- between the athletes, coaches, refs, music, meet directors, and supporters- the energy alone is enough to make you hit big numbers! The experience of competition is worth trying at least once.
Meets make for long days, but the adrenaline and excitement make the day fly by, and then before you know it, the day will be over.
Cheering others on during their heaviest lifts and hearing them cheer you on during yours is an amazing feeling. The sheer volume of the supporters makes the experience amazing.
There’s no way to deny it and I won’t lie, standing in front of a crowd is challenging enough, let alone lifting alone in front of a bunch of strangers- yikes. But once you’ve gotten that first lift done and you realize you didn’t die– your confidence will shoot through the roof. The following 8 lifts only get easier. Soon enough you’re done and realize that the seemingly scary thing was conquered no problem.
Realizing that your body is capable of much more than you had ever imagined is amazing for your confidence.
Additionally, you’ll realize that confidence runs deeper than aesthetics. You’ll begin to find confidence in pride from your hard work and abilities… which is a much deeper and truer confidence.
Strength extends beyond just physical strength. The mental strength you develop is useful for not only lifting, but life as well (I know, here I go again, fitness is applicable to real life). Learning how to not give up when you want to the most is something you will need to use for all aspects of life.
Usually preparing for a meet happens over a period of several months. Over the course of those months, you’ll want to give up. Between hard reps, sets, and training sessions. It’s challenging and when training gets that difficult, and most of us revert back to “I could just give up right now”. But defying that desire creates a powerful mindset with strong willpower.
Obviously, your body will see strength gains too. Duh. Between accessory work and the big, compound movements, you’ll see many changes physically.
You can’t say you don’t want to look *super hot*.
6. Create good habits
When you have something to be accountable for and someone to be accountable to, it helps you to create strong habits that last.
You’ve got to eat enough to sustain the hard work you’re putting in, which means meal prepping, usually. You have to drink enough water. You have to complete your training sessions. All these healthy habits stick after time.
After the meet, you’ll be able to maintain these habits, but with less pressure.
7. The friends you make
Each meet, you’ll meet new people that inspire you and encourage you. Granted, you’ll probably start the day glaring at all your competitors, but end the day as friends.
Every meet I’ve done, I met so many great people who not only cheered me on during my meet, but cheered for me during the awards ceremony, and every day after that. Some even came to following meets.
We check in with each other and ensure we’re progressing well, injury-free, and handling life.
These people want to see you succeed- and those are the people to keep around. They will keep you motivated, driven, and accountable.
Don’t take it too seriously. Enjoy the hard work paying off, enjoy the experience, and most of all, enjoy the process. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Put in your best effort so you can go home being proud of your performance.
Since I’ve just motivated you to compete, email me to set up a free consult. Those who have already competed, leave a comment below what your favorite part of competing is and what you compete in!
Yours in health,