The Case for Competition as a Novice
Novices can benefit just as much from competition as Intermediate and Advanced lifters, if not more. With proper expectations and sound coaching, the novice should be encouraged to compete, for what can be learned on the platform is lasting and of immense value.
A coach and trainee may find many other areas of growth in a competition. Perhaps a lift that has been lagging will become a new favorite. Confidence may grow, and the relationship between the coach and the lifter may deepen. The experiences shared with teammates will result in camaraderie, another important source of support during training. For all of these reasons, a beginner should not be asked to wait to step onto the platform. It should be encouraged as an essential part of their early progression as a lifter.