Stepping out on the platform in competition for the first time can be seriously intimidating, and for many people far out of their comfort zones, so why take the jump and go for it? You don’t have to be a specific caliber of athlete to sign up for your local weightlifting meet. You can start where you are, right now!
Competition is a great way to track progress. When you go to compete you are able to push your limits, set benchmarks, and see how you are progressing towards your goals. It also can show you if your past training cycle was effective and give you a sense of direction for future training.
Competition can keep you accountable. Having a meet on the calendar gives you a reason to stick to your training and something to look forward to. Planning to compete at a weightlifting meet gives you something to train for and then a clear time for you peak and max out your lifts.
Competition helps you grow as an athlete. Competing is a crucial element in sport and going to a meet gives you the chance to learn new skills that you can’t necessarily practice in training. While you absolutely don’t have to put pressure on lifting at a local meet, some people thrive off of it and learn that they really love it.
Competition helps you get connected in the weightlifting community. It is always fun to talk to and compete with other people who share similar goals. Your local weightlifting meet can be a great way to find some fun new training partners/lifting buddies.
“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy”. – Arthur Ashe