Getting Ready for the Platform

Scared of Change

A large majority of the population is scared to death of change, scared of new methods, and definitely afraid of training through pain. You don’t get an extra white light on the platform because you trained using the latest hyped-up training method. You get white lights from executing. You need to sample multiple training methods and find what works for you specifically. Don’t be afraid to combine methods. You aren’t going to get shunned in the training community because you made a hybrid training method.

Once you find a method, no matter how obscure to the outside eye, stick with it and never look back. You’ll always have people telling you your methods won’t work if you dare to be different. People are intimidated by change, by ingenuity, by creativity, so stand strong and stay committed to yourself. I could have saved myself a lot of time in the gym by staying true to myself and not feeling stupid for trying new things. I built a strong foundation off multiple training methods. Never walk the beaten trail, instead create you own path and let others follow.

Focus on Yourself

Avoid getting caught up in what everyone else is doing. I often found myself watching the training videos of my upcoming competition and planning my training according to their numbers. I would want to figure out their sets and reps, their diet, the supplements they were taking, the equipment they were wearing. All of that is crap. If you sit back and think about it, what someone else is doing will not have one shred of physical influence on what you do in the gym, and most importantly, on the platform. Just because so-and-so who is in my weight class hit a 1000-pound squat in training five weeks out from the meet, doesn’t mean that is what he will hit in a meet. Some of the best advice I received was from Shawn Frankl. He told me to forget about the competition, forget about what numbers you’re going to hit. It is pointless to put all of that pressure on yourself. None of it is useful as far as prepping for a competition is concerned. Train as hard as you possibly can with the time that you’re given to prepare. Go into the meet and lift to the best of your ability. Be happy with five-pound and 10-pound PRs. Powerlifting is about longevity. The only lift that matters is the one on the platform. Come in prepared and hit your lifts. I went into meets as an underdog by hundreds of pounds, but because I came in prepared, I hit my attempts and won. What you hit in training doesn’t matter if you don’t come in prepared and perform on meet day.

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