Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Excitement circa Jan 2009



This coming weekend the Game Time Strength Team will be heading to Las Vegas to compete in the International Powerlifting League (IPL) Benchpress & Deadlift World Championships.  As always, this is a very exciting time for us and is our last planned competition for the year.

It actually reminded me of a blog post I wrote almost 4 years ago, before I even started Game Time Strength.

I'm still truly thankful I have the opportunity to share a sport that I love and has given me so much, with so many people...

Excitement…
By Jason Kelske (Jan 2009)

About 2 years ago this time, i had made the new years resolution that I was going to train my a$$ off and compete in a Deadlift Competition just to see what happens. After college I remember getting really depressed. I no longer had a sport to train for… my workouts were repetitive, I was traveling constantly for work, and wasn’t able to join an intramural league in any sport… I desperately needed something to train for. I felt like the “normal” thing to do when you hit your quarter life crisis was to either run a marathon or triathlon… but to be honest neither interested me in the least. I’ve always loved being in the gym, lifting heavy and preparing myself for a sport… I’m not sure what made me choose deadlifting… I guess because my body was better built for that then the squat or bench…

It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made… after that first competition in June 2007 I was hooked… I won Gold for my weight class with a deadlift around 560lbs… I was obsessed with hitting the 600lb mark… I trained hard for another 2 months and “accidentally” hit 633lbs, I actually thought i was lifting 589lbs… it was then that I learned how mental the sport was… its amazing what you’re capable of with a crowd cheering you on and adrenaline coursing through your veins…

Accidentally blowing my max out of the water,
when the bar was mis-loaded with 633 lbs. 

I’ve found something I love… I love having a purpose when I train, I love setting goals, and I love analyzing my weaknesses and figuring out how to turn them into strengths. Since my first competition I’ve competed in various Deadlift, Bench/Deadlifts, and Full Powerlifting competitions (Squat, Bench, and Deadlift) with a lot of success, and currently train with a Hall of Famer with more than 40 World Records…

So where does the “Excitement” fit in? Well, January 25th, I’ll be competing in the Deadlift Competition at the LA Fitness Expo and managed to convince my younger brother, Scott, and my buddy/one of my training partners, E$ to compete as well… I’ve been able to pass on something I love to them… I only hope they get the same enjoyment and rewards out of this sport that I have… Scott’s flying out from Virginia and E$ is flying down from Washington. Plus, as an added bonus, my Dad is flying out from NY to watch us all compete together.

As far as my current goals… I deadlifted 661lbs in Sept 08, and chasing that 700lb mark for this competition. There’s a California State Record and National Record of 710lb, so that’s obviously in the back of my mind as well. I’m excited for what this competition has in store, and even if I don’t hit the numbers i want, you can bet your ass I’ll be back in the gym killing myself to hit them next time.

It’s pretty crazy/meatheadish to think that standing up with a bunch of weight has given me so much enjoyment… but having something to look forward to after a crappy day of work, the challenge, the analysis, the people I’ve met and competed against, the records I strive to break, and the friendships I’ve made along the way have made picking up that weight extremely worth while…

The Referenced Competition Results:

1st Place finishes all around across our respective divisions.

And I didn't hit 700 lbs that meet... but just as I had mentioned in that post, I went straight back to the grind and eventually ended up with a 716 lb World Record in December of that year...


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