Coin flip. You have to do what you are passionate about or you are going ot be unsafe. The risk of injury is only worth it in anything if your passion drives you to excellence. My son does things on his skateboard and in Centerfield that would leave me crippled. His antics on that vertical wall and his running, diving catches are because his pride says he MUST get more extreme and MUST get that ball. If he got under the weights i get under he would die.
We are both willing to pay the price to go higher.
Because we want to! We have to.
Follow your passion or find a warm room and do yoga.[/quote]
I agree with what you are saying and appreciate your input.
I feel I could also become passionate about Oly lifting as it is similar enough in purpose (get faster and get stronger) and type (individual sport).
Also, it is possible to have/develop passion for more than 1 sport. How many high school/college football players moved on to powerlifting? In most cases it is because they couldn’t make it to the next level.
Does that mean that powerlifting is just a consolation prize, and they “gave up on their true passion”? Depending on how you choose to look at it, maybe. But does that mean they do not and cannot powerlift without the same level of joy and passion? I don’t think so.
In my case, considering I have been dealing with injuries that interfere with my powerlifting for over 60% of my career (and counting), I am starting to wonder if I would be happier with Oly lifting. No injuries = more time in the gym lifting heavy weights, and letting my competitive and passionate spirit express itself, rather than doing 5 lb rehab exercises day in and day out and watching pride and passion degrade.
At what point does switching sports move from “giving up” to “being smart”? I don’t know. But if I am injured 60+% of the time over the next 10 years of powerlifting, how much passionate enjoyment will I have really gotten out of the sport?
[This post is really for the sake of debate, please don’t take it as picking a fight. I have been a fan of your lifting and have benefitted greatly from your sharing of knowledge on the boards and in articles.]