I’m piggy backing Jonathan Byrd’s “Lets make some changes” article with this. Read it, even though I am not as good as him.
Since we are on the task of maybe making some changes to the sport of powerlifting, here is a blast from the hip.
Like Byrd, I have been around the sport for some time now. I am certainly not, nor will I ever think, that I am as competitive as he and some of my colleagues are here, but I do know a thing or two.
1. Stop thinking if you are fat you are stronger. You’re not!!! Yes, it will make your gear fit tighter and yes,your leverage points are significantly different carrying mass in the wrong spots, BUT it’s not good for you in the end. You as a lifter already do so many damn things that aren’t good for you, so try being better for you in at least the FATness aspect
2. I don’t care how many meets you have done or how many “greats” you coach or how “incredible” you are as a lifter (in your own head), there is no need to throw shade and negative crap at people. Like UCstated, meets can run shitty, judging can be even worse, and hate is no way to help those things. Support your community and keep trucking your way
3. This is to go along with #1. Be a bit more athletic. This doesn’t mean you need to jump on the Ninja Warrior kick, but it means, get out and walk. Ride a bike maybe. Go to the local lake and paddle a kayak, or peddle a boat. Do something that will allow you to enjoy things besides ball sweat and briefs
4. If you are NEW, don’t disconnect yourself from other’s philosophies. I have CONSTANTLY seen this in the industry and sport of strength. People fall prey to this because his/her guru say something is stupide, so they discredit it forever. The catch 22 is that YES,be consistent and don’t program hop, BUT be aware that there are other methods out there that may assist you at some point in your career. Be a sponge, listen to your coach, and continue to progress for longevity
In the great words of Rowdy Roddy Piper, “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum.” Be real with what you are doing, and the results will count.