5 Things Powerlifting has taught me beyond the platform
by Brandon Greco
I have been involved in powerlifting for a while now, working as a strength coach/personal trainer for longer. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means but I definitely trust in my ability to take anyone from an absolute beginner and turn them into a competitor and turn competitors into champions.
In that time, I’ve learnt a lot about strength training and the effects on the human body. But what else I’ve learned from the sport, and what I believe to be more important, is that what you do inside the gym effects what you do outside of it, how you portray and hold yourself.
So below I have identified my 5 crucial learnings that powerlifting, strength training, or any real competitive sport, teaches you that you can apply to any setting and anyone can use.
1 – You can’t do it alone
There is a saying ‘that if you want to progress fast go at it alone, but if you want to go far, go together.’ This is very true for powerlifting. Though considered an individual sport, having the support of quality people around you are very much needed. This takes enormous pressure off you just by knowing you have someone who has your back.
2 – Hard Work DOES pay off
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing all your hard work come together and pay off. Seeing the weeks of effort come to fruition and lifting heavier on comp day makes every gruelling session worth it. Same with any project at work or at home you’ve put tremendous amounts of effort in, the hardest workers always come through with great results.
3 – Get comfortable being uncomfortable
Do your goals scare you? Do you believe that your goal is well outside of your comfort zone? We all know that unfortunately we don’t grow within our comfort zone (jeeze wouldn’t that be nice). Well my friend, get ok very quickly with being uncomfortable. Though it may scare you see it as a great opportunity to learn more about yourself, to see just how strong you are mentally and physically. Guarantee you’ll surprise yourself with what you truly can achieve.
4 – Trust in the process
This ties in greatly with the above. At times, it will be tough and you will feel like throwing in the towel. Whether it be a hard week of training, or your work feels like its pushing you down. Have faith and trust in the process. Keep consistent and hardworking, it will pay off I promise you that.
5 – You haven’t failed until you quit
We have all missed numbers on the platform or in training. But is that really failure? No. Any perceived failure there is a lesson waiting to be found. I remember missing my opener once in a competition, thoughts of failure immediately clouded my head, “What an idiot, missing your opener is a rookie mistake”.
But having a coach and someone there (lesson one of this blog – ‘Can’t do it alone’) quickly reminded me that you have another attempt and this is what went wrong.
Failure would have occurred if I had walked off and not comeback out of embarrassment, yes extreme but the thought did cross my mind.
I also remember setting out and investing into my supplement company, the first run was great, had 7 stores across AUS on board with it, online sales were pumping and then bam!!! The stock went bad and I lost a shit tonne of money on it. Did I feel like a failure, initially? Did I fail? No. I learnt from it, I learned what went wrong so that next time I could stop it, correct it and succeed even further than I first thought.
See you will never fail until you give up, and really, you’re only giving up on yourself. So, next time the immediate feelings of failure hit you, pause for a moment and remember there is a lesson here, what can I learn? It will drastically change the way you feel and how you perceive yourself.
Take these 5 learnings and apply them to where you are right now. What area of your life could do with a bit more trust in the process and yourself? Who could you ask for help or support? Are you still playing within your comfort zone?