This past weekend I was able to compete in my fist tactical strength competition. It consisted of max dead lift, max pull ups and the 5 min snatch test. Those who are not familiar with the snatch text, it is completing as many kettle snatches you can within the 5 mins. I accomplished a 205 lb dead lift, 14 pull ups and 105 snatches. However, I could not have completed any of this without the amazing encouragement that was surrounding me from all the other competitors.
The best part of the day was seeing how strength brought strangers to friends, friends to encouragers and encouragers to competitors within minutes. The atmosphere was filled with motivation and inspiration, like a forest set on fire the motivation and inspiration started burning inside each of us in hopes to do our best. As a result, many people had personal record PR (in water skiing we call this personal best PB). It was amazing to see and be a part of the determination, the strength and the encouragement from everyone wanting to improve their physical abilities.
As any competitor, we want a t-shirt to wear for bragging rights. This was the shirt rewarded to all the competitors.
I love the quote on the back of the shirt. As a personal trainer, I believe strength does have a greater meaning. For some, strength is losing weight, others may be a fight against cancer, or it might be like my case a back injury and being able to walk pain free is strength. For me, strength is a tool, a hope to use as inspiration for others. Many of you know my story (and if you don’t you can read previous post about my back injury) and from this story of healing I hope I am able to inspire others to never give up on their dreams. It is people and their stories that motivate me to continue to strive for my best, yet there is still a greater meaning to strength for me.
As a competitor I am constantly reminded where my strength comes from:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go ~Joshua 1:9
He is my strength and power.