The winner here was this person was going to also sign up with me if I tried it, because normally I had crazy…I still have this anxiety thing in how they showed how they teach you. You would have to go on like a platform, and people are looking at the platform and I was like, “Oh God, I don’t know if I can do that.”
Since others were going with me, I ended up joining. It was actually awesome. The people were awesome. I didn’t know at the time, my mobility was absolutely trashed. People were straight up being like, “Yeah, you probably can’t do this.”
I’d try it for maybe a month or so and then stopping, completely focused on powerlifting, and then I do it again for a month or two, and then completely focus on powerlifting, because I just couldn’t actually do it. I was doing shortcut versions of the movement regardless of whether or not they may be getting heavier. They weren’t correct.
It was aggravating me, because the whole reason I liked it was because I thought it was beautiful. I was like, “I’m not going to do this ugly disgusting thing.” [laughs] Call it that, because it’s not bad. I can’t do this.
Eventually I found more educated people to teach me over the years, and a lot of my time was spent just stretching. I think I spent two years just stretching because I couldn’t even break parallel and then overhead position. It was not going to happen. You could try and push me down, but I would not go.
My left ankle is a trash can, and I’m also not sure why, but there’s like scar tissue and all sorts of crap in there. It always pivoted to the left and I wouldn’t be able to break parallel, which is why I had a lot of squat issues when I first started lifting.
I had to do a lot of work on that as well, but it was all tissue work and mobility stuff like things you would never think of, very simple things that you can do every day for a couple of minutes. Now you won’t be broken.
I now do those things every day, and I’m very, for those I prioritize those things because I want to move better, but because I took the time to do that, I got to focus on weightlifting.
That’s why I’ve taken all this time to specifically focus on weightlifting because I feel like I did everything I wanted to with powerlifting because I was just trying to hit numbers and have fun and compete and do things with the stuff.
I did, and it was fun and then like, “Now what do I do?” This has been really challenging for me. I’m on the edge to see [laughs] how the competitions are because I’m not very good, but I’m at an intermediate level, I would say.
I’m far enough that if I go to compete, it’s great to see because I can see people that are insane. I see these crazy athletes show up. It’s mind-blowing what these people throw over their heads or how people move.
Everybody has a slightly different style. They do it a slightly different way. Some people are super fast. Some people are super limber. It’s crazy. I enjoy just watching weightlifting.