Well I went to my first Power lifting competition in Albany last night and I killed it! It was easy and I did it with no problem.
My personal record for bench: 95 lbs.
My personal record for dead lift: 175 lbs.
As you can see in the photo above, I won my first power lifting trophy! I didn’t think I would win a trophy on my first try but ended up getting 3rd place which was surprising to me. Ya know, this was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life and I’m definitely going to do more power lifting competitions and it’s definitely going to be a full time thing, I think. Yeah, for sure.
I could have gone heavier on the bench, though. I could have gone 115 lbs. or a little heavier than that but I definitely will give that a shot next time.
I had a blast last night, though. Not only did I have a blast performing my lifts in front of an audience, I had a blast watching other lifters too. I helped cheered them all on and hopefully try to motivate other lifters to lift harder. I give other lifters some positive feedback by simply saying, “Good lifting” and giving other lifters fist bumps when they get done with their lifts. Everybody was so friendly, down to earth and so humble. There were no egos and no prima donnas at all which was a cool thing!
I also got great feedback with my lifting and got great crowd reactions from all of them too. Seriously, though… the crowd reaction I got for my lifts were pretty strong… I almost felt like a rock star and it felt great. This was the best thing I’ve done in a long time. Maybe I should get into power lifting competition full time and do it professionally. For the first time ever, I feel like an athletic person.
I just wanted to experience something amazing in my life and it was a great experience. It’s a night I’ll never forget. Yeah, admittedly on my first try in power lifting competition, I kind of went in a little easy but next time I’ll lift everything a little heavier hoping to make it to 2nd place.
Like I said, I can’t lift over 200 lbs. yet but that is my goal and I’ll get there easily the more I train at the gym 4 days a week.
Yep, heavy lifting is the name of the game in power lifting. I said the other day before the competition that I hope to go in there and impress the hell out of people and I guess I did exactly that. I don’t mean to sound selfish and admittedly bragging a bit but I feel very proud of myself. Not bad for a guy who is 41 and got scoliosis with a Harrington Rod.
When I went to Albany Strength to do the competition, I was hoping to learn how to get better form and better technique in my benching and dead-lifting but the two coaches I were with didn’t give me much advice ’cause they saw that I knew what I was doing. They saw that I was doing benching and dead-lifting in perfect form so I’m good. Not bad for someone who learns this stuff on youtube, lmao. Those fitness channels really helped me. I don’t watch a lot of fitness channels in youtube but there are a few who I’m a big fan of.
As far as the Albany Strength gym goes, it’s a very cool gym. It’s a real gym. You know a lot of gyms out there are so clean and so perfect? Well not with Albany Strength XXXL! You’re gonna see broken mirrors, dirty floors, real weights, real equipment, a lot of old school equipment and you’re gonna hear a lot of noise. With a gym like that makes me wish I live in Albany ’cause I would work out there full time instead of the Battenkill YMCA in a heart beat. I’m still gonna get a membership at Albany Strength and I’ll go there when I can like on the weekends or something. I got to meet the owner of Albany Strength and he’s also the RAW Power lifting director. He’s a super cool guy too and he cares for all of his lifters that work out there. He even gave me positive feedback on my lifting too.
For more pics and video from last night, check out my instagram page… I’m going to get around to posting the dead-lifting videos tomorrow: https://www.instagram.com/kevbrockmusic/
So to all you doubters and critics who likes to say stuff about my lifting, how do you like me now hmmmm???? Take that!