Anyone ever ask how much you weigh, or how much you bench? Do you tell them how much you currently bench or how much you used to bench? In my case, I tell people how much I used to bench 3 years ago.
Yeah, this is me, pre tattoo’s, but still just as menacing. Whenever I want to strike fear in the hearts of my enemies, I show them this video. I trained for a few years to learn how to be a competitive weightlifter. This was one of my two competitions.
This was actually a poor showing on my part. It looks like i went 4 for 6, but I really went 3 for 6, because the last one didn’t count. In case you were wondering, my biggest lift for snatch was 190, and my biggest lift for clean in jerk was 240. I put up 260 on my last lift, but I didn’t put it over my head in a clean motion, so I wasn’t given credit.
Olympic lifting definitely has unique competitors. If your a girl and think that this sport must be made of “Mr.Universe,” types, you’re sorely mistaken. It looks more like a bowling league. Olympic Weightlifting focuses on strength and speed, and doesn’t focus on muscle definition. I saw a guy that was almost looked like Larry David lifting over 200 pounds over his head. It really made me believe that looks can be deceiving.
I was eventually forced to give up my training when I took a job in midtown and had to commute 3 hours a day for work. It was a real shame that I had to stop. Olympic weightlifting is why I enjoy working out as much as I do today. I used to train in a private gym alongside high school and college athletes, strongmen, and other Olympic lifters. The comradery between the athletes was unbelievable.
As much as I miss competing, I don’t miss the toll that training took on my body. Now that I’m 30, there are things that hurt that don’t go away anymore. It reminds me of the Louie C.K. routine, when he gets an X-Ray from his doctor. His doctor tells him that he will have to do a certain stretch everyday for his sore ankle. Louie asks, “how long do I have to do this until it get’s better,” and doctor says, “it doesn’t. It’s just shitty now, and you have to do this everyday so it doesn’t get worse.”
I probably have 2 broken fingers and knee damage that I’ll have to work out everyday, or until I get health insurance and have it diagnosed, but it was all worth it. Eventually, I’ll be dead and nothing will work. Why not get as much milage out of your body as possible?