A great powerlifter and an even better human being, I spoke with my friend Jensen about success and failure, how he deals with those as one of the top powerlifter’s in the country.
Why don’t we give a little about Jensen?
“I am a third year law student at Carleton, who got into powerlifting when I started university. I compete in the CPU which is a drug-tested federation and compete as a 74kg equipped JR; 74kg being my weight class, equipped being the category and JR being my age category (18-23). Powerlifting focuses on the squat, bench press and deadlift with my best lifts in training being a 252.5kg squat, 155kg bench press and 245kg deadlift.”
What are your accomplishments thus far?
“I have been powerlifting for 3 years now and as of September 2017 when I competed at Ontario Provincials I broke my first records. I was able to break the Ontario squat record for both my age category and the age category above me. At that same meet, I was also able to win best equipped JR in Ontario for 2017. I now have my goals on taking the National squat and bench press record this November when I compete next.”
What is your perspective on success?
“Success is very subjective in my opinion. I have always regarded success as doing better than before or better than I could previously do. As long as I am doing better than the last meet then I was successful and can walk away happy. Although the sport is a competition and you are trying to lift more than the other people, you still have personal records (PR). Most of the competitors I have met in powerlifting are happy to cheer you on and support you when you are about to beat your old PR; regardless if it is more or less weight than they lift or position in the meet. It’s about seeing your weeks of training and hard work amount to the desired result and everyone is happy for you.”
How do you deal with failure?
“This is something I just recently dealt with after 6 months of training for Nationals. Nationals went the exact opposite of what I had planned. I unfortunately had some bad luck that was no fault of my own, which lead to a poor performance at Nationals. I was on track to break the National squat record in my category, earn my spot for team Canada and have the best meet of my life. However I ended up not doing any of that and was a real disappointment.
However all this being said, I kept a very optimistic view after the first 30 minutes of being disappointed in the circumstances and my performance. I’ve always maintained the view that what happens in the past, is in the past and there is nothing I can do to change that. Therefore I can only move forward and plan for what is next. In this case, I picked another meet to do and will focus on preparing for that one. I realize it is easier said than done, however being disappointed in failure only ruins time that could be spent in a more productive way. Focus on the future and do not let the past bring you down.”
How do you prepare for you competitions?
“As cliche as it sounds, it is all about planning. Powerlifting is about lifting the most you can and takes time to build strength, weeks of training boiling down to 9 lifts at the meet. This is something that takes constant commitment to the gym and working out, not something you can prepare for last minute. My wall is covered with a calendar of each month, counting down the weeks to each meet. This way I can see how long until the competition and program my training accordingly. This is because the closer you get to a meet the training has to adapt and change. Admittedly I do not prepare for a lot and my powerlifting is the only thing I can prepare for 12 weeks in advance and everything else is only a few days in advance.”
Thanks Jensen for sharing your perspectives! Good luck at your next meet!!! Find Jensen on insta here as his beard gets bigger and he lifts heavier things!