Powerlifting or Power Lifting??

e4f4a2f81e3786337b02adfe2b301ab0Powerlifting.  I wasn’t even sure if it was one word or two.  All that came to mind was the sight of massive humans lifting very heavy things with miserable looking faces.

And to be frank, the two things that crossed my mind were:  ‘I don’t want to look like that’ and ‘there’s no way in hell I’m wearing that outfit.’

But the powerlifting I thought I knew (without knowing anything) and what I’ve recently come to learn are two different things.

In February, I went to an awesome kettlebell & intuitive training workshop in California with some of the best strength coaches around.  At the end of the workshop, Jen Sinkler (former U.S. rugby player, fitness writer & powerlifter who happens to hold the state ‘squat’ record in Minnesota) asked me if I was going to enter a powerlifting competition.  ME????  Ummmmm….I didn’t know WHAT to say!
But when she said “YOU SHOULD!”…  it got me thinking.

If you’ve seen Jen, you can understand why my perception of the sport was challenged.  She’s incredibly strong but very much ‘a girl.’  A lip gloss wearing, tons of style toting, beautiful & funny GIRL.  And there are LOTS of them out there.  I just hadn’t taken the time to look around and find them.  Crazy what you can see if you open your eyes.

There’s an incredible culture of women who are lifting heavy, embracing their super strength and inspiring a whole new generation of powerlifters in the process.   And they look GORGEOUS doing it:)

Combine Jen’s encouragement with my genuine love of heavy lifting and my curiosity was peaked!  I’ve recently gotten to the point of questioning myself a little, ‘what the hell am I training so hard for?’  Yes, I love to lift, challenge myself, and set a great example for my children, etc.  But what’s holding me back from committing to taking it a step further?   What am I afraid of?

That’s just it.  I’m afraid.  Mostly to put on a singlet and look at myself in the mirror (the HORROR!!!).  But seriously, I’m an extremely nervous competitor.  I used to ride horses and compete in shows as a kid.  One year, I remember running to the bathroom and throwing up before my jump sequence because I didn’t want to screw up AND I didn’t want to lose.

The problem?  I didn’t lose.  So other times in life when I DID were a little hard for me.  I’ve worked hard to ‘learn from losing.’  But I still really, really don’t like it!

This time around things are different.  I’m scared to lose but excited to win!

So, here I go!  There’s a powerlifting competition in Reno on May 30th.  If you find yourself in my neck of the woods and have often wondered what it would be like to watch an Oompa Loompa in a singlet lift something heavy, come on out:)

Henceforth, the singlet shall be referred to as my “super suit.”

~LMM

Go Big Or Go Home: Is it helping you fail?

plate pull ups2Why is it that some people can be so extremely successful with body change yet others just can’t stay the course?

Motivation, desire, drive…those all play a part.  There’s a million reasons, or excuses typically, that explain why we fail.

BUT there is one thing that stands out time & time again:  too many people are simply not up for the challenge, the hard work and the patience it takes to achieve the body they see in their heads.  The idea of fitting into a size 6 and the reality of achieving it are two very different things.

Pictures in your head = easy.  Process = hard.

So we have a ‘moment’…maybe it’s when our pants are super tight with the dreadful muffin top hanging over a liiiiiiitle more than usual…maybe it’s when the doctor says she wants to put us on medicine for high blood pressure or cholesterol (great, now I’m being forced into it)….maybe it’s when we look in the mirror and think ‘what the hell has happened to me?’

SO…we get amped up for changed.  We throw ourselves ALL IN.  We commit to a “diet.”  We’re gonna do this!!!  YES!!  By summer, I’ll be looking AH-MA-ZING!!

We refuse all the food we want (making sure to tell everyone — ‘oh no I can’t I’m on this diet right now’).  We force ourselves to eat things we don’t like, workout more than we want, and pretend to be cool with it all…for a while.  GO BIG OR GO HOME, right??

Wrong.

What’s wrong with making a few small changes?  Taking small steps?  What’s wrong with saying “I need help!  This is too much for me and I want to succeed so PLEASE help me find another way!”

Here’s a “F.I.T.” scenario:  Your trainer (me) writes 5 workouts per week for you.  You can either say, “Holy $h!t!  Working out 5 days a week is really hard and probably not something I’ll ever do consistently – sooooo let me start with 3 and commit to doing that.”  **OR** you can do the workouts for a week or two and say,  “5 workouts a week is seriously too much for me.  I’m just gonna stop.”

GO BIG OR GO HOME.  No way.  Don’t go home.  Go little by little and ask for help along the way.  Make things work for YOU.  Do things that make you HAPPY.  Work to be STRONGER instead of skinnier.  Find a support system and latch on to it.  Let people help you.  Let yourself be better by doing things in a way that work for YOU!

‘One size fits all’ never looked good on any’body.’

~LMM

 

 

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