Should I Compete?

I've been thinking lately about the possibility of competing...

in a powerlifting competition, that is!
 


I have people always telling me to do a figure competition, but.... that is just not my thing. The unhealthy obsession with outer appearance, getting extremely lean, and having my world revolving around macros and Tupperware-thanks, but no thanks.

But I am very competitive, even if it's just with myself, and I've always thought it would be fun to do a powerlifting competition one day! The other day I just got to thinking about it and was like, 'what am I waiting for? What better time than now?'

So I am seriously considering doing one later this year...I just don't know where to even start-how to pick a coach, how to pick a competition? I guess hiring a coach to program my workouts and assess my lifts would be the first thing, and then maybe they can help me pick a meet.

But... I am afraid that I'll chicken out and end up not going through with it. I'm already finding myself making excuses. Like it'll be too expensive... and I'm not even that strong.... and I'm going to embarrass myself. People are gonna be like, who is this little girl who thinks she can be a powerlifter?

I know those are stupid thoughts. Because this is really about doing something that scares me, something that I've never done before. And also more about the training and just seeing how strong I can get.

"When was the last time you were scared to do something?
Similarly, when was the last time you were truly out of your comfort zone? Doing something you weren't even sure was sane or right? If you can't remember, I can tell you one thing – you're stagnant. If you're not consistently scared and uncomfortable, you're not making progress. Period."
-Mike Robertson
 
It's not about competing against anyone else but myself, because I definitely won't be setting any world records! It's just about the process and being able to say that I did it! And I think it would be fun training just purely for strength, which I really have never actually committed to before.

So....should I do it??

If you're interested, here are a few articles to check out about powerlifting:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/figure-athlete-to-powerlifter-my-first-powerlifting-meet.html
http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/7_reasons_everyone_should_do_a_powerlifting_meet
http://www.blisstree.com/2011/08/23/fitness/i-heart-powerlifting-and-im-not-bulky-or-masculine/


Have you ever competed or considered competing in powerlifting? What was your experience? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Comments

  1. Hi! DO IT!!!!! You will be amazing. I competed in my first powerlifting meet this past February and am training for a 2nd one in September! It truly is the most empowering, challenging, incredible experience! I have only been "lifting heavy" for a year so it was all so new!! It was the most of out my comfort zone experience ever and it has given me such confidence and mental gains as a result. It has helped me understand that competing against myself is all that matters. Anyway, enough about me-I am so inspired by you, Lindsay and seeing you give powerlifting a go would be so motivating and it is great to have a goal to work towards too. If you ever want to talk any further about it all I would love to chat :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much for the email! I saved it(or so I thought) so that I could respond, but somehow it vanished on me, darn it!! Just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your help and the info!!

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  2. Hi Mollie! That's awesome!
    I guess I do have some questions as far as how to pick a meet, and if I should hire someone local or an online coach...which route did you go? And did you have your coach there with you at the meet? I'm so nervous about the whole thing...but I don't want that to stop me. Like you said, I think it would really be an empowering experience!
    Thank you! :)

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  3. You have to do it! A) so you can turn that ugly stereotype of powerlifters being big and fat on its head B) because you ARE strong and C) because competing is so much fun!

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    1. I love those reasons! Thanks! :)

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  4. girrrrrl you're sooooo strong are you kidding me!?!? you have my support all the way! if it's on your mind DO IT babe!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you! It is a serious possibility, especially with the encouragement from you guys! :)

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  5. just DO IT!!!!!
    for all the reasons Tara said!!!
    : )

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    1. Okay, okay! ;) I really do want to do it. Just have to ignore the doubts and face my fears!

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  6. Lindsay....I say go for it. In my [short] life experience, I have lately realized that if I'm unsure whether I should do something or not, sometimes I'll just step out in faith that that's the direction I'm supposed to be taking. If it's not...God usually has a way of rerouting us ;) and there will ALWAYS be nagging doubts in your mind, but overcoming them is just another addition to your testimony if/when you meet this goal! <3

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    1. Love that. Perfectly said. Thank you so much!

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