Getting Ready for the Platform

More often than not, I have been my own worst enemy in preparing for the platform. There are many ways to sabotage yourself in preparing for a meet. I have only been a power lifter for about three years, but I made enough stupid mistakes along the way to be a 20-year veteran. I would like to share with you some of the mistakes I made during my journey through powerlifting to help you leapfrog these mistakes and avoid unnecessary grief.

There are three speed bumps on the road to the platform that I would like to discuss. 

  • First, find a training method that works for you. We are different and unique, so find a way to train that suits you and never deviate if it proves effective. 
  • Second, don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing. There isn’t one thing that anyone else is doing that will physically alter your performance. 
  • And finally, NEVER be afraid to fail. Push yourself to the limits. Believe that what you’re doing will take you to where you want to go. Failure will happen to everyone. If you aren’t failing, you aren’t pushing yourself to the brink.  If you aren’t failing, then you aren’t trying.


Powerlifting can be a long troubleshooting experience. This ranges from the most intermediate competitors, to the 

Getting Ready for the Platform

lifters at an elite level. We are all constantly looking for a way to train that will make us stronger with the least amount of negative side effects or injuries. What a lot of people, including myself, fail to realize is that finding your stride is trial-and-error. The only possible way for anyone to know if a training method will work for them is to do it.

All too often we ignore something that is clearly working for us to train, and instead would like to train like someone at the top.

“He squats 1200 pounds, so I have to approach squat training like him.”

There’s no universal template to training. I tried all of the famous training methods and ignored what works for me. For no other reason, other than a well-known powerlifting celebrity training a particular way. For all you know, that person might not even train using that particular method. They just say they do because they don’t want to contradict their gym’s reputation.

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