Avoid Bombing Out at Your Next Powerlifting Meet

Bombing Out in Four Easy Steps

Bombing out wasn’t on my bucket list but in 2016  I bombed out of a meet for the first time.  A lot of factors went into it, I was recovering from strep throat, I’d lost twelve unplanned pounds.  Or at least I hadn’t planned on losing all of that weight so fast.  I had planned on three or four at most. I was on antibiotics for ten days.  The biggest factor though was that I didn’t pay attention to how I felt during warm ups because my mind was set on goals I’d previously set for myself.  That was a HUGE mistake.

I stopped by Steve Goggins’ garage gym a couple of days later to shoot a Lessons Learned video on bombing out so that other lifters might learn from my mistake.  I’m a relative novice in powerlifting but even seasoned veterans can fall victim to bombing out. I think that the points Steve brought up are sound enough for anyone regardless of experience level.

About the author

John Greaves III is a writer based in North Georgia with nearly two decades of experience in training at home. A former amateur kickboxing champion, John now competes recreationally in powerlifting. He takes a physical culture approach to training; believing that strength and health need not be mutually exclusive. In addition to his nonfiction work, John has written two fiction books, A Different Kind of Giant and A Little Lesson in Manners that are available on Amazon.com.


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