Bec Spink: our longest reigning member!
When I tell people that I do Olympic Weightlifting or talk about my training or my club with them, I’m generally met with somewhat confused, wide-eyed expressions. I don’t look like a gym junkie, I don’t have muscles protruding through my clothes, I don’t post a lot of gym related stuff on social media. That’s the thing with stereotypes, they need to be shattered, because believe it or not, weightlifting is a sport for everyone and if I can do it, anyone can.
I have had a strained relationship with anything sport and fitness related for my entire life. Prior to finding weightlifting, I’d also lived the majority of my adult life overweight and unhealthy. Fed up with the constant battle of feeling awful, tired and continually getting sick, I set out to improve my general wellbeing and lifestyle. In 2017, I found myself down 30kg by improving my relationship with food and an occasional bit of walking, there were no gyms or crazy exercise routines. I lacked a lot of confidence so going to the gym was clearly too scary to even contemplate by myself.
I found Controlled Chaos Weightlifting Club after I saw a friend had been there. At that point, I knew I needed to do something exercise wise to continue and maintain the changes I had already made to my lifestyle. The idea of being able to lift weights intrigued me. I decided to go and try it out...but only to the beginner sessions and only if that friend was there too. Small steps.
When I started with Josh, he quickly figured out that I had little strength and lacked mobility, I couldn’t do an air squat or a lunge. From that first session, it was clear that Snatches and Clean and Jerks were a long way off and, as frustrating as that was for someone like me (that likes to do things well and do things right the first time), understandably so. I think that's the best thing about Josh’s programming, it was so personalised to my needs and what I needed to work on. It took about three months of strength and mobility development before Snatch and Clean and Jerk skill movements where even on my radar. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach with Josh and I believe that this style of programming is one of the key contributors to my continued development and the fact that I’m still here two and a half years later.
It hasn’t all been roses. I’ve had ups and downs. A few injuries. Some tears. I’ve not only learnt a lot about weightlifting, but I’ve also learnt a lot about myself. Weightlifting is hard! It is so intricate and technical. Sometimes I wish that I was stronger and that the technique came easy to me, but then if it did, I don’t think I’d love it so much. Weightlifting is never boring and it keeps me coming back for more, even if I do moan and complain sometimes. It has taught me to be patient. I love the feeling when I learn something new, that sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when something I have been working on for months finally clicks. I love that it makes me feel strong and I love how good I feel after a training session. My overall confidence in training has improved since the start, I no longer need someone to hold my hand to get me to training. I’m still not where I’d like to be, and it is still a battle for the inner me. My confidence can only continue to get better though so I’m trusting the process.
It took me two years, three months and twenty-eight days to get to a 25kg Snatch. That’s 848 days all up. For many people, that number might not seem like much, but for me, it represents more than just a number. It is more than a personal best. It represents 848 days of my continued commitment to improving my health and lifestyle, it represents the continued faith and belief that I am developing in myself and it represents that fact that hard work and consistency pays off, no matter how long it takes.
Since I started training at Controlled Chaos, I’ve lost another 15kg, I’ve done a 10km run event and many 5km events. I am always learning how best to take care of my body and mind when it comes to training and life in general. I’ve learnt to listen to my body if it needs a rest, even if it does frustrate me or deviates from my plan. I’ve learnt that the idea of motivation is a myth. If you want to get better at something you need to be disciplined and consistent. Motivation has little to do with it. I get a little frustrated when people tell me that losing weight or training is easy for me because I’m so ‘motivated’. I’m not. And being consistent has been one of my biggest challenges since the beginning. After 30 plus years on Earth, years of unrealistic yo-yo dieting and being scared to participate in any sport, I have finally found something that works for me. So, I’m going to keep at it, because I love the way it makes me feel. I love the community that comes with it and the friends I’ve made along the way. And thanks to Josh and the team at Controlled Chaos Weightlifting Club, I’m so glad I have found a sport I love and am so proud to be a part of.