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Written by: Alexander Kang

The Common Denominator

I cannot stress how being consistent is so important to long-term success in powerlifting. All great lifters share the same trait: they have been training consistently for years. Their philosophies may differ, their types of exercises utilized may differ, how they periodize their training may be different; but it all boils down to consistently training for years. There will definitely be days where you don’t want to train, but each missed training session is a missed opportunity to improve. Powerlifters in the United States do not receive government subsidies for travel or competing, so we have to juggle full-time jobs and other responsibilities while training.

I like to think of a missed training session (of course within your control, emergencies do come up) as a statement of defeat.

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Perseverance

Human beings are not robots, and we have to adjust training based on how we feel that day. So even if you aren’t feeling 100%, give it your 100% effort in the gym no matter what your condition is. Most natural powerlifters can improve even at 45-50 years of age; lifters such as Eric Kupperstein and Dennis Cieri are still going strong and hitting all-time PRs despite their age. I personally have gained the most strength while as a working adult; most of my college teammates have quit the sport already. Elite powerlifters such as Steve Mann and Nick Weite train on top of having full-time jobs and raising young families. Knowing this, there is really no reason for anyone to give excuses why not to train.

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At the end of the day, it’s really about how important powerlifting is to you; if you are willing to make the sacrifices to be the best that you can be.

Powerlifting is meant to be a long journey with incredible awards along the way.

Follow Alex’s training and learn more about powerlifting from his Youtube channel HERE

 

Alexander Kang

Alexander Kang is a master class lifter in the IPF/USAPL in the 66/67.5 kg weight classes. He currently has competition bests of518 lbs squat, 286 lbs bench press, and 551 deadlift. His youtube channel offers a variety of videos displaying training and tips for powerlifting, which can be found at www.youtube.com/tigerak02.

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