Discipline, technique and strength are all needed to succeed in powerlifting.

The sport consists of the three big lifts: the squat, the bench, and the deadlift.

Most people would feel uncomfortable under 300 plus pounds. But for Peter Ngo, this is where he feels most at peace.

“For me, this is my happiest place. It’s my happy zone. This is where I’m most comfortable. This is where I come to unwind,” said Peter.

“It’s very cathartic for me, you know, like, I just don’t feel like my day is right if I don’t come in and lift.”

What was initially a hobby and a good way to stay in shape became a vital necessity for Peter.

“The biggest benefit for me is mentally […] because, you know, I still struggle with self image issues and confidence […] I don’t know where I’d be with powerlifting.”

Powerlifting, just like life, is filled with ups and downs, pushing through the bad days. And bad training sessions is what creates personal growth, both physically and mentally.

“Every time you hit that weight, you’re just reminded of your progress. [Some days] you have bad days in the gym, that happens. You got to learn to roll with the punches. But you know, that’s all part of loving the process.”

Peter Ngo’s deep love for the sport also allowed him to have a more positive outlook on the world around him.

“I try not to let bad training days affect me anymore. Because in the grand scheme of things, I’m very lucky to be able to train at this gym. I’m very lucky that I’m healthy, and I’m able to do the things that I like to do pain free right now in my life. I’m just really happy I can do what I love.”

For now, Peter Ngo continues to train at the Rye Canyon Barbell Club.

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