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.
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.
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.
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