Hello readers! Ava here and I would like to share my dreams of going professional in powerlifting.
When I got into powerlifting, I was not really thinking about anything except that I wanted to improve my physical self. I wanted to tone my body – admittedly, for my own self-confidence. Not only that, I also wanted to be stronger. Both of these, my gym buddies told me, can be achieved by powerlifting.
I wasn’t really trying to go beyond that. At least, until I reached my ideal weight. After that, I didn’t know what to do. I did not want to stop lifting.
That was when the thought of going professional came to mind.
What does it mean to be a professional powerlifter
But what exactly does it mean? Well, there are various definitions of what it means to be a professional powerlifter.
For some people, like me, being a professional meant going to powerlifting meets. I felt that joining competitions made me a professional already.
Some might say that I need to win an award to solidify this claim – maybe they are right. But I will get there I am sure.
There are people who believe that to be a pro, you have to earn money from it. Like all competitions, the winner takes home a prize. However, the prize money may not be enough for you to live on. I mean, most of the winner probably spent more to train for every meet. You cannot live on a powerlifter’s prize money for long.
So that makes it a bit confusing as to what can make a powerlifter a professional. I still want to think that I am a professional by joining competitions but I should probably make sure that I win an event to be considered as one.
Without an award, I am probably not a professional powerlifter yet. But I am intent on going professional so I probably have to work harder at it.
Steps to prepare for a pro powerlifting meet
If you want to be a professional powerlifter, you need to join in one of the powerlifting meets. Here are the steps that you need to go through to join a competition.
- Hire a coach. If you really want to win, you probably have to hire a coach to train you. This is part of your investment if you are going professional. Admittedly, this can be costly. But a coach can help you progress and prepare for a meet. They can spot flaws that would have been hard for you to see if you train on your own.
- Get a sponsor. This is not a necessity but it can help pay for your training. The coach, traveling fees, etc – these can all add up. A sponsor can help lighten the financial costs to attend every powerlifting meet. I approached online casino Leo Vegas to get them to sponsor me. I will let you know how it goes.
- Choose a federation. You need to pay for this so you can be a part of the federation. Having a federation card will allow you to compete for a year.
- Look for a meet and sign up. It is easy to say that you want to join a competition. But unless you pick a date and sign up, that will never happen. You can go to PowerliftingWatch.com to see where and when a powerlifting meet will happen. When you sign up, you have to indicate your division, weight class and the category that you want to compete in.
- Train for the meet. This is where your coach can help you out. But if you will train on your own, make sure that you do not over exert yourself – especially during the week leading up to a meet. You do not want to injure yourself and lose the chance to compete.
- Pack for the meet. Make sure all your equipment are packed. Usually, a powerlifting meet is an all-day event. Check your clothing, toiletries, gear, food (snacks and drinks), federation card, and powerlifting gear. Don’t forget to bring some money too.
Basically, these are the steps you need to follow. If you haven’t done it yet, I really hope you get to sign up for your first meet already.