Monday, August 20, 2012


I train to compete.  You should too.  Competition creates adversity, and it's through adversity that we adapt and grow as individuals and teams.  Whether you're participating in sport (this includes CrossFit!) or training to be healthy, put yourself on the line and COMPETE TO WIN!  Never just go through the motions.

Competing puts yourself out of your comfort zone and into the unknown, and I love that.  The more we do this, the more we learn about ourselves.  So what if you lose from time to time?  Use losing as a learning experience.  You actually learn more from losing than winning.  Losing can be a good way to learn what isn't working for you, which is key.  It also gives us a reason to train and put our bodies through the ringer from time to time.

This past weekend, I competed in my first weightlifting meet.  Four months of training came down to six lifts- three for the snatch and three for the clean & jerk. I put myself on the line and performed well.

I went 4 for 6, finishing with 99kg, a 4kg PR, on the snatch and 112kg, a 2kg PR, on the clean & jerk.  It was a great learning experience on how to warm up and narrow one's focus during times of pressure.  I also learned that I need to continue to train hard and with focus.  As a newbie to weightlifting competition, I know I have a long way to go if I ever want to be competitive, but until then, I'm still going to put myself on the line and compete!!!

I challenge you to do the same!

Here are videos of my best lifts from the weekend:

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