My STEP project was acquiring equipment geared towards competitive powerlifting. The equipment aided in my training for the USAPL 2019 Collegiate Powerlifting Nationals and allowed me to develop strength training in my community.
My understanding of my limits through mental and physical aspects was more clearly outlined. My understandings of training and how to influence and create training for others became more developed during the STEP project. Consistent training during summer and breaks is something I found to be psychologically taxing and I had to learn how to motivate myself through commitment to something months away. My understandings of helping others in strength training improved through hands on development and my patience and drive to teach others the sport of powerlifting grew as a result. My personal success grew as my opinion-based assumptions were thrown away and a more scientific research-based approach was taken towards my training and the training with which I helped others.
A few events that led to improvement in my personal motivation to prepare for 2019 Collegiate Nationals were competing a few times leading up to nationals. I found competing very motivating and to continually see improvements in my training and work ethic. Watching a few of the people I aided in training become successful because of this project when they competed aided in my understandings of how to help other on the path to success and not just myself. These events affected me on a positive level which has further developed my character.
Over the past summer and months leading up to the 2019 Collegiate Powerlifting Nationals, I had the opportunity to develop relationships and interact with like-minded individuals. These aided in my ability to coach or guide others in their own training by constant exposure to new research-based ideas and methods. My understandings of myself changed because of these. I can better find ways to improve my own training and psychological approaches to the sport of powerlifting. These personal interactions and relationships I’ve built have affected me positively by establishing almost a system of support for the sport and easily reachable individuals to convey and discuss different ideas.
The USAPL 2019 Collegiate Nationals was one of the largest powerlifting meets ever held and was a phenomenal experience. The ability to see hundreds of other college students with similar goals and at similar points in life while dedicating time to training reaffirmed that strength training is worth pursuing while handling work and coursework. As a result of all this, my character has grown and my ability to be able to guide others in the sport has improved tremendously.
The personal growth I have experienced is valuable to my life because I can apply the principles I have learned to many areas of my life. Being committed to something months away and using that as motivation can be transferred to different aspects of my life to improve my work ethic whether it be during the academic term or being motivated to work in future employment. I have also learned to manage my time significantly better because of taking strength training consistently and seriously five days a week for over two years now. Having this level of consistency yearly now has led to increased success academically and personally through continual character growth and improved self-management. I believe these skills I have improved upon will be useful to my future professional goals.