Training for Powerlifting has been the most positive choice I have made
By Chance Mitchell on 10/26/2014 Back to Articles

Training for Powerlifting has been the most positive choice I have made

1st Year Powerlifting – 20 Year Old, Junior – 2014 IPL Worlds



Training for Powerlifting has been the most positive choice I have made in my short life. Like most young teenagers I started working out to get in better shape, feel better about myself, and also to attract girls. However, I became addicted to the weight training and focused my life around it.


As soon as I turned 18, I got a Personal Training Certification and began working at the gym I lifted at. Devoting as much time as I could training for powerlifting.


In April 2014 I competed at my first powerlifting meet totaling 1272 @195 (Classic), with a fourth attempt 480lb squat - a record for 19 year olds. This experience left me even more motivated to improve and break more records.


In July I followed up this event by competing in the USPA’s Austin Naturally Fit Open. Again as a teenager, but at a lighter bodyweight I totaled 1306 @ 179. I broke 3 state records for the Squat, Deadlift, and Total.


Skipping ahead, I competed again in a USPA meet this October. This time I totaled 1350 @ 179 (RAW). The meet didn’t go as planned going 6 for 9, but it was a great experience and test to see where I might be later on.



As I’m writing this I am 2 weeks out from IPL Worlds in Las Vegas where I plan to total 1400+ @ 181, and hope to break an American Record Deadlift (RAW) in the Junior Division. I’ve only been training for powerlifting a little over one year now, but this one year has been one of the best years of my life so far.


All my life I have always played team sports whether it be Basketball, Baseball or Football. None of those sports have given me such a feeling of accomplishment as Powerlifting.  At this point of my life I can’t imagine doing anything else. I think I can speak for the majority here and say that we don’t compete in this sport for the money (because there is none), but out of the self-gratification for our achievements. Although the achievements are nice, it’s not just about the achievements it’s about the journey to those achievements and the people we meet along the way.


Leave a comment:

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Login or Register