As 2016 comes to an end I find myself reflecting on the past year and my journey with CrossFit and Powerlifting. I have had a great year on my Powerlifting journey even though there have been a dips along the way I can still look back and be proud of myself because I know that no matter what I always give my all. Some of my memorable moments have been winning the Army Full Power Championships in the 55.5kg weight class and best overall female lifter, being selected to compete at the Armed Forces Championships, being selected to be the female Team Captain, qualifying and competing at the British National Championships and all my PBs throughout this time. Not bad for my first full year competing in the sport.

I have still been training CrossFit but my main focus this year has been towards Powerlifting. I love CrossFit and this year I became a Level 1 Trainer and a CrossFit Kids Trainer. I coach regularly at my second home NorthCamp CrossFit. I entered a couple of CrossFit competitions but had to pull out due to injury. One that I applied for was the Rainhill Trials, which I have competed in before. You have to complete seeding workouts to put you into categories so that you end up competing against athletes of the same ability. I was very happy to seed in the top category again. It was nice to know that although all my focus was not wholly with CrossFit, I hadn’t lost my athletic ability.

I also qualified as a Personal trainer and will be setting up my business this year once I leave the Army in May. Another big decision I made in 2016 was to leave the Army. I will discuss this in a later blog. My passion in life lies with helping people be the best version of themselves they can be.

Back to Powerlifting then, along with various injuries throughout the year competing at the Nationals was also a low for me, as I bombed out at the bench press by getting 3 no lifts on technicality, which meant I could not continue in the competition. I remember having to walk out in front of everyone and hold back my tears until I got in the car and cried all the way home. I let this get me down for a while and beat myself up; even though I continued training I didn’t feel the same. It took me a while to get back into it training properly and it also taught me a valuable lesson about mindset.

Mindset is so important; you can train your body as much as you want but if your mind isn’t in the right place you will not achieve what you set out to do. My mindset after the competition was of failure and that I wasn’t good enough. I now live with the quote firmly in my mind that “there is no such thing as failure, there are only results” with this I know that everything I do whether good or not, can be learned from! Personal development is a key aspect in my life and I believe it is critical to achieving my sporting goals along with everyday life.

I strongly recommend having a look at Anthony Robbins; he has helped me a lot. If you’re not a big reader you can also download audio books, which I love.

So hello 2017, I have qualified for Nationals again. Eight weeks out and my training program is in full swing, the competition is on 26th February so stay tuned to follow my journey leading up to it.

I wish you all an amazing New Year, go after your goals and smash them.

Haley