Thursday, August 1, 2019

Fitness Diary :: Powering Up for His First Powerlifting Competition!! ೕ♥

This Saturday, the boy will be competing his first ever powerlifting competition - Singapore Powerlifting Alliance {SPA} Championships 2019.

This is his second competition, the first one being CrossFit Opens 2017.

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It has been a year since the boy took up powerlifting and no matter what the results may be at the competition, I'm already very proud of him for what he has achieved ೕ(˃̵ᴗ˂̵ ๑)

He has always been my inspiration to not give up on my training, not give up on getting stronger, no matter what injuries I may have or whatever setbacks come my way {see Lessons Learnt from Being Injured}.

I mean, speaking of injuries, the boy suffers no less than me. Actually much more.

He had surgeries for hernias , laberal tear and calcium deposits in the shoulder, with recurring pain in his back and both knees too. If he has reached a plateau or gets stuck in any way, he doesn't wallow in sorrow. He tunes his mindset and finds ways and means to solve the problem and get better.

This can be seen in the way he has shifted through the different forms of weightlifting from body-building to CrossFit and now, powerlifting to adapt to his injuries and body's needs.

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With powerlifting, the boy can now enjoy the simplicity of just focusing on the 3 major lifts {deadlift, squats and bench press}, which he has always liked anyway, and the powerlifting exercise forms are more forgiving on his injury-prone body.

Thankfully like me, the boy has also found a knowledgeable coach {Clinton, from Elevate Barbell Club} he trusts to efficiently plan his powerlifting programming so that he can improve consistently cycle by cycle, without beating himself too hard or traumatising his old injuries too much.

Being relatively injury-free enables him to continue to train hard and do what he likes without any worries.

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Growing up, I've had my fair share of competitions as a competitive swimmer so I don't find any sense of joy in joining them now. I find a better sense of accomplishment if I can just "compete" with myself to improve and be better than who I was yesterday.

It doesn't even need to be about numbers on my weights. If I can do one more rep, or do the exercise with even better form even if I can't increase the rep or weight, I'll consider that a progress and small win too. (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑

Nonetheless, I'm very happy to see the boy push past his comfort zone and see how he fares amongst others in front of a crowd. Knowing the boy's character, this is not an easy thing for him to do too.

All the best, Poogeo!! 頑張ってね~!Lil Pumpkin and I are behind you all the way!!

P.S. If you're coming down to support him, you can look out for the guy wearing the suit that looks like a tiger with green stripes.. or maybe a watermelon?? hehehehe..


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An Apel a Day said...

I'm glad you both found coaches that are super helpful! Way to go!

mail4rosey said...

That's wonderful that he has such a good mindset when it comes to challenges. I think that is more than half the battle.