When you first start lifting, it’s all new and exciting. And then there’s this thing called newbie gains! Your numbers are just going up and up but then something happens. Something changes and sometimes it feels like progress is crawling at a snail's pace. But fear not, we can help you navigate through this journey with a positive mindset.
First, set realistic expectations. Powerlifting is a marathon, not a sprint. Those personal records won't be shattered every single day, and that's totally okay! Give yourself a pat on the back for the small victories along the way. Progress takes time, so take a deep breath and embrace the process.
Instead of obsessing over the end goal, find joy in the day-to-day grind. Relish in those little improvements, like grinding out an extra rep and doing your old one rep max for sets of 3. The journey is where the magic happens, so soak it all in and enjoy every step forward.
Now, get yourself organized! Keep track of your lifts, reps, and technique notes. This way, you'll have concrete evidence of your progress. Take a peek at those records from time to time and revel in how far you've come. Trust me, it's motivating as heck!
Remember, powerlifting is all about honing your skills. It's not just about the numbers. Pay attention to your technique, mobility, and form. Seek guidance from experienced coaches or fellow lifters to improve and refine your skills. By adopting a learning mindset, progress becomes so much more than a number game.
Patience and perseverance are key! These two traits are your secret weapons. Powerlifting has its ups and downs, but don't let those setbacks discourage you. As cliche as it may sound, stay committed to your training program, trust in the process, and keep pushing forward. Progress might not always be linear, but with your determination, you'll conquer any plateau that comes your way.
Surround yourself with a supportive community. Connect with fellow powerlifters who understand the challenges and victories of the sport. Share experiences, engage in discussions, and learn from each other. Their encouragement and perspective will fuel your fire when progress feels sluggish. You can do all of this in GWPL Club on Facebook!
So remember, powerlifting is a long-term commitment. Embrace the slow progress, celebrate every step forward, and stay committed to your journey. With time, effort, and a positive mindset, you'll achieve those goals and surprise yourself along the way.