Chris Duffin, who goes by Kabuki Warrior, posted an essay recently about the benefit of training for a competition instead of simply training “in a void,” like many of us do.
Having a planned competitive event scheduled (or series of events) puts hard fixed dates to your goals. The dates don’t change because you strained your quad or your little sister is getting married. What you do is figure out how to deal with these things within the confines of your fixed schedule, because there is no flexibility to your goal.
He holds some impressive records, and he should know. Read more here.
On a related note, here’s the poster I designed for an upcoming strength competition Duffin and others are putting together. The first annual Portland Primal Strength Fest is scheduled for Saturday, July 28th at Franklin High School in Portland, OR. Yes, that’s my original drawing of Odin as a powerlifter.
I don’t know if I’ll make it to the meet or not — I normally work on Saturdays and I want to be more impressed with my numbers than I am right now before I go to a meet. I’m probably close to the “1000 pound club” right now, which is a hell of a lot stronger than most 37 year-old slobs, but I can do better than that. I just started in earnest 6 months ago and despite the helpful expert coaching I get at Elite Performance Center, it may take this old dog a while to learn some new tricks.
If you’ve been training for powerlifting or Olympic lifting and you’re looking for an event to enter in the Pacific Northwest, the Primal Strength Fest should be a good one.
Chris is even offering MEAT to every competitor. Find out more here.