I have been going back and forth for the last few months about my training goals. I will always train for figure, but love having an athletic outlet to work towards. Powerlifting grabbed my attention. I loved the idea of being able to see how much weight I could lift. I loved being strong and powerful, while trying to maintain an aesthetic physique. I began researching different powerlifting federations, meets, and training plans. Everything was going well… well, until I started training. I was accustomed to shorter recovery periods between sets and doing more volume during workouts. I’d leave the gym and feel like I needed to train again. I love the idea of competing in powerlifting meets, but I just didn’t love the training.
When it comes to choosing a sport or discipline, training is what we spend the most time doing. Of course, it’s not possible to love all aspects of training. But, if we have a passion for what we’re doing, we tend to stick with it and tend to see great results. Yes, it’s called working out, but it shouldn’t feel like work all the time.
I took a few moments to write down what types of training I like and what I don’t care for. If you haven’t done this before, I would recommend it. You might find that you love dance, yoga, biking, or swimming. It’s much easier to reach your fitness goals when you love what you’re doing!
After looking at my notes, I decided that I’ll be hitting the track this year. My strength and power is the best that it has ever been! Since I have been taking BetaTOR, I have really noticed an increase in strength! I’m repping out 175lbs on front squats, benching over my body weight for reps, and just hit a big PR of 425lbs on glute bridges!
Thanks for reading! Until next time…train with passion, and train hard, y’all!
-Erin Stern, IFBB Figure Pro/USATF Competitor