To compete, or not compete…

Have you ever had that feeling that you just weren’t ready for that big game, match or competitive event? Well I have to admit, this just happened to me at my second powerlifting meet of the season.

 

As many lifters have experienced in the past, my body was sore and there was concern that a substantial injury was on the horizon (in this case, my back or hip). In addition, there were a lot of personal distractions in my life and I was not making the time necessary to train thoroughly.

 

Well then, how did I eventually make it to the platform?

 

Behind every great competitor is a great support system, so I turned to my wife for answers.  After elaborating on my excuses she, knowing my behavior all to well, gives me exactly the response that I am looking for…that stare stating “are you serious?”  Thank you dear!

 

Next, it was time to seek professional help. During a scheduled business trip, my colleague suggests strongly that I should see someone who specializes in all things physical.  So…after three hours of painful manipulation, followed by a professional lecture, I had determined that she was right (not to mention that I received a clean bill of health and felt a whole lot better too).

 

After that came the extra push from my children, the youngest repeating my own advice to get tough and work through the pain (isn’t that cute?).  My oldest was more logical suggesting that I listen to what the professional said and test my strength to see how I feel (yes, she is going to be the next coach at Max Power).

 

The final step was to adjust expectations and focus on the process of competing.  Warm up consistently, make my attempts and increase the weight incrementally.

 

On the day of the met, I was relaxed, confident and ready to compete.  To my surprise, I hit all nine lifts, set some personal records and broke a few state records along the way.

 

So what did I learn?

 

#1  Understand that you can be your own worst enemy and it’s easy to be negative and not participate.   If you are going be a competitor, then compete!
#2  Your support team is everything. Listen to what they have to say and incorporate advice that makes sense.
#3  Under promise and over deliver.  Realistic expectations come with realistic pressure.  Always plan long term.
#4  Practice what you preach.  Enough said!

 

Even the best doubt themselves and, in this case, need a tremendous push to get back on track.  This behavior is normal and part of the growth process at any level.  Understand that greatness is a constant and never-ending improvement, so please enjoy the process in getting there.

 

Good Luck!

 

Why Am I Here?

We recently had a member leave our Team Max Power family. As I am deeply saddened about his departure, I took some time to reflect on why he left.

“The schedule is too much. The training is too hard.”

My normal response to statements like these is, “You’re correct! Anything else?” But I gave it some more thought.

The schedule is hard to manage because you have too many commitments already planned. To be the best at anything involves sacrifice and more times then not, athletes are not ready to make decisions as to what is most important. To reach your potential requires a lot of time, effort and a schedule, which includes all aspects of the athletic training experience (drills, practice, mental & physical training, etc.).

“The training is hard work”….Yes, hard work is the cornerstone to success and yes, you will have to work harder then you have worked in the past. Being a great athlete is about working outside your comfort level and pushing yourself to the limit.

So why did this happen?

It seems that many athletes begin the process for change by stating that want to change, but they do not know what it takes to make that change happen. Significant change requires mental focus, sacrifice, consistency and, above all, hard work. This is defined in program expectations and should be reinforced again and again (especially during the early stages of the program….something I should do more of).

Being part of Team Max Power means that you are different then the rest. This alone is substantiated by your membership. Our standards are simple:

#1 Commit to becoming a better athlete and person
#2 Embrace the willingness to change
#3 Make necessary sacrifices towards achieving your goals
#4 Work hard

and above all else,

#5 Have fun doing so!!!


 

Constantly Inconsistent?

One of the most important things for growth is to be consistent in your actions.

Consistency is what provides us growth as athletes.  It gives us numbers to which we can compare ourselves. Consistency in the weight room provides the athlete with strength required for their sport. Consistency on the field/platform/court provides the athlete with the basic skills needed for the sport; the fundamentals that allow you to grow.

How often do people decide they want to become an athlete,  then go out and buy a bunch of gear? The gear means nothing if you haven’t trained or have a plan to do so.  So, you find yourself out a lot of money, back to square one, with the gear barely used and providing no real benefit except for yard sale fodder.  Stop pretending!!!

It’s up to you, the athlete, to decide that mediocrity is not okay and that growth is the only option. Your passion for your sport needs to be your motivation.  Sure you can lose a big game, strike out, or even miss a lift, but those are all opportunities for reflection and growth, not opportunities to slow the process down. Failures can be overcome. Lack of motivation and inconsistency signals the end. Don’t let inconsistency hold you from your true potential. Break free from the chain that bind you! Show your strength, determination and pride so that you can conquer all in your path! Break inconsistency to become consistently consistent.