July 31st, 2012
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
I am a powerlifter and I have been really working on my form, as we do the lifts over and over and over the proper form is beginning to stick. Much to my surprise I am even beginning to recognize when I am not using the proper form!
On the weekend I had a moment of total shock in the back squat rack.
Weight on my back (235pd) down I went and…… I did not come back up.
A number of factors caused this to happen but to the great joy of my trainer (Michele Helmeczi) the main reason was that I recognized that I had lost my form and wasn’t able to correct it without the situation getting worse. So I (swore) and the bar was on the safety arms. After which I had to crawl out from underneath, very undignified!
I was frustrated.
It was a weight I could lift and have lifted before at The Athlete Factory where I train.
The difference was that I am learning how to lift with proper technique and form which will lead to a few things including; a future that includes a healthy and strong back, not always loading my quads to get something done, knee caps that remain happy, and the possibility of lifting more than I ever thought possible.
I have goals.
In order to meet those goals I need to be able to hold my form use proper technique and utilize brut force and determination. Right now I can lift more using pure force and determination, but (for maybe the first time) I understand if that spirit is applied with a foundation that is strong and tested I will go beyond anything I thought was possible when I started this journey.
You can see me put this form to the test at the “Calgary Festival of Strength” October 13th. I would love you to come out and cheer me on!
If you are a powerlifter and have concerns about what you are doing.. drop Michele and email at the link above and I am sure she can set up a training session with you or refer you to someone else that can help.
In a show of great sportsmanship and postive attitute.. this is what she did after picking her self up and dusting herself off…
Thank you Romela for that. While I am just a powerlifter in a gym in Canada and you are an Olympic weighlifter of amazing ablity, in that moment, after that failed lift, I knew exactly what you were feeling.