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THIS WEEK’S Monster Garage Gym/Maroscher Coaching Log: DO YOU POWERLIFT OR ARE YOU A POWERLIFTER???


This Week’s Coaching Log:
Which way is up? Sometimes that is hard to tell with all that is going on with the gym. Powerlifters flying off to the AWPC Worlds in Great Britain to compete the first week in August, Strongman competitors competing next weekend, lifters from the gym having competed yesterday and today at one of the bigger APF meets this summer in Illinois, others training for the return of the WPO meet, the development of our new power classes and strongman classes at the gym, coaching logs, articles and some amazing things in development we will unveil for you soon.

All that said, we are taking a moment to share this week’s coaching log which is about this past weekend’s meet, the 15th Annual APF Summer Bash. Each year this meet is packed (a two day meet packed with a little over 200 powerlifters split over the two days) and this year was no exception. As is the case annually, this meet was run by Eric Stone (APF IL Chairman) and his wife Jackie Stone. Those two at the helm mean a professionally run meet, and that was the case again this year.


While the veterans at our gym are prepping for the aforementioned meets and classes, some of the newer lifters to the gym competed at this annual APF meet as well as one of our veteran lifters who has had a few years away from the platform. This is great to see as competition is ultimately the reason we powerlift. One can engage in powerlifting training, but one is really only a powerlifter if they compete, and that is pretty much the bottom line. This is not to say that training the powerlifts is not important, but the reality is it is all academic until one does those lifts on the platform in the throws of competition.

Competing might not be everyone’s cup of tea and there is no shame in that, in fact good for you for doing something physical to improve yourself. Additionally, the more folks who discover this sport the better. But to be crystal clear, discovering the sport and taking part in the ritual of training does not a powerlifter make. Ed Coan is known and respected for the incredible weights he moved each and every training session, but what makes Ed Coan historically the GOAT are the incredible weights he moved during competition. In other words, Ed's 900LB for a dead-stop double in training is amazing, but it is his 901LB competition pull that is forever etched into the history books of powerlifting.  

If you are training the power lifts, continue to do so and at some point pick out that first meet, train for that first meet, compete at that first meet, have a blast at that first meet, and learn from that first meet. Just like you are learning how to powerlift, you will need to learn how to compete as lifting in training and lifting in competition are two different animals.

You don’t need to set the world on fire with your first meet, and there is something about humble beginnings that tend to make the better competitive lifters over the long haul. First meets don’t need to be big pressure meets like lifting overseas at a worlds, or the WPO I mentioned earlier. They can be meets just like the 15th Annual APF Summer Bash, a meet that is a sanctioned meet, a respected meet, a meet run by veteran lifters who know how to put on a great competition with accurate loading, and experienced judging.

Powerlifting training is the best, but powerlifting training that crescendos into training for a competition and then actually competing, that is where the rubber hits the road.

In closing I am leaving you with some footage of the APF Summer Bash meet this past weekend (Saturday’s lifting). Hopefully if you have not yet put your toe into the waters that is the meet platform, you will consider it as eventually, that will lead to swimming in the vast sea that is this great sport of competitive powerlifting.

Wishing all of our weekly coaching log readers the best in your training and competitions. Ever Onward, Eric Maroscher, Owner: MONSTER GARAGE GYM

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