Here’s the thing, don’t think of it like playing catch up. And don’t be so worried about what others are doing. These things take time. Trying to push too hard too soon is a great way to end up injured. Even if you are deloading appropriately the body can only take so much before it starts to have a hard time recovering.
When or if you decide to compete, then you can worry about others in your weight class at that meet. For now, use the off season to concentrate on bringing up weak points and steady progress. When you start or where you are is relatively unimportant. Remember that this is a hobby and getting hurt doing a hobby is a quick way to burn out on it or end up hating going to the gym. This is the one of the best things you can be doing for your overall health for now and for life. Continuously getting stronger, staying healthy, and being a badass 5, 10, 25, and 50 years from now is being better than those that burn out in 3 years.
Just because they’re ahead now doesn’t mean they will be for long. Patience.
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Will Kuenzel is the owner of Lowcountry Strength (www.LowcountryStrength.com) in Charleston, SC.
Will started his athletic endeavors as a pole vault; finishing up his collegiate career with a best vault of 16’9” at a whopping 160lbs. He the track and field world to pursue bodybuilding, his first show in 2005, he won 1st place in Men’s Novice as a middle weight. One year later he took 2nd as a Men’s Junior heavy weight.
Since 2007 he has been a competitive powerlifter and totaling elite as a 220lber. His best lifts in multiply equipment are a 710lbs squat, a 605lbs bench press, a 615lbs deadlift and a 1930 total.
In 2008 Will started Lowcountry Strength out of his garage. Since then it has moved into a 16,000 sq/ft facility and shares space with a mixed martial arts studio. With all disciplines of powerlifting, strongman, MMA, jiu jitsu and other sports in the Charleston area getting trained under one roof, Will heads up the strength and conditioning for a wide variety of athletes and clients.