Archive for Competition

Ninety Percent Is Half Mental

Thanks to Greg Everett at The Performance Menu, we’ve learned that USA Weightlifiting legend Tommy Kono has a new book coming out soon, entitled “Championship Weightlifting.”

Unlike his first book which dealt mostly with Oly technique, this one is going to get into the mental side of the sport.  The mental component, according to Tommy, is the most important of all — more so even than technique and power.

In many ways this is not surprising really, but it is somehow reassuring to hear it from the Master himself.

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Putting Wendler’s 5/3/1 to Work

Jim over at BeastSkills just posted highlights of his performance at a recent powerlifting event.  Reading through his notes, we couldn’t help but notice the good things he had to say (along with the results he had to back it up) regarding the Wendler 5/3/1 method.

First off, congrats to Jim on putting up huge bench and deadlift numbers for a 175-pound guy.  And secondly, thanks for validating what we already believed to be true about the effectiveness of Wendler’s 5/3/1.

Naturally, we’ll continue to recommend the 5/3/1 for people focused on getting stronger at specific lifts.

Train to Compete

Interesting discussion at the gym today, revolving around “training” versus “just working out.”

The point was made (and well taken) that you’re really only training if you have a goal of some kind.  Whether that’s achieving a PR on the deadlift or the bench or a clean & jerk.  Or winning a tournament, completing a race, beating your friend at tennis after years of losing, whatever it may be.

If you don’t have a clear goal to push you and ignite your training, then find one!

One fortysomething in the tribe recently decided to enter a powerlifting meet this summer just so he’d have something to train for.  He doesn’t really consider himself a “powerlifter” per se, and he doesn’t have any competitive powerlifting experience or friends who are into it, but he decided just to go for it and try something new.

This is the kind of attitude that is required.  Set your sights on a goal and motivate!

DC’s Most Primal Contest

Interesting short video just posted on the “DC’s Most Primal Competition” — a blended test of endurance, strength, agility, and speed.  This video shows one of the events, a combo parkour-sandbag race that looked like a lot of fun.