My question is, how do I get to the next level? Did i get into the sport too late in life? How do I become like John North, Kendrick Farris, and Illyin?[/quote]
I find it amusing how you ordered those lifters, as Jon North is a good lifter, but Kendrick Farris is on another level in my opinion as a two-time Olympian and the top American lifter for the last however many years, and Ilyin is on another level entirely as a two-time Olympic champion and senior world record holder.
You certainly didn’t start too late to go to national competitions, maybe even make national teams and compete internationally if you have a talent for the sport, but that’s looking pretty far ahead when you have yet to snatch your bodyweight, I think.
Is it just years and years of perfect training? How does one get invited to train in Colorado? I know some of the best of all time were taken in to train at a young age, how did they achieve this? afford it?[/quote]
Years of monotony, drudgery, pain, failure, frustration, and the occasional triumph. This sport can be intensely frustrating, but that is part of what makes it so immensely rewarding when you put the time in.
I’m Canadian so I don’t know shit about the OTC in Colorado.
Thanks for the reply. I guess what I’m asking is how can I minimize the time it takes to (if ever) become elite? How will I ever find the time to train twice a day (once it becomes necessary down the road) while still having a job, etc? Is it just about strength?[/quote]
Like nkkllll said, find a good coach, and do what he tells you. The LSUS program, which Kendrick Farris has been on his entire career, is only 5 days a week and focuses more on getting you stronger, at the expense of less time doing the competition lifts. However, at some point, you are probably going to have to find a way to train around school/work, or do school/work around training. Pretty hard to have your cake and eat it too if you want to compete at an elite level.
Just about strength? Well, you can’t count out flexibility, mobility, speed, power, technique, dedication, durability . . .