A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, Patrick O'Connell works as executive director of the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel for the U.S. Navy. Prior to this role, he served as interim director of program and strategy at High Speed Rail 2 Ltd. (HS2) in London. At HS2, he initially led an $85-billion high-speed rail program. An active individual, Patrick O'Connell exercises almost every day of the week and is training for a powerlifting competition.
When done correctly, powerlifting is a strength sport and measures how strong the lifter is. In a competitive event, the powerlifter stands alone on a platform and attempts to lift the heaviest amount of weight once. For those thinking about taking up the sport, they should consider the following tips:
* Lift weights. This seems like a straightforward tip, but experts recommend getting in repetitions of squats, bench presses, and deadlifts. Just like any sport, in order to get better, athletes need to practice, and these three movements can help them improve in powerlifting.
* Use the pyramid method. This method can help the athlete build strength. Athletes should increase the amount of weight they lift while decreasing the number of repetitions.
* Find a coach. A coach can hold the athlete accountable and suggest ways to improve his or her powerlifting technique.
The chief of naval personnel for the United States Navy, Patrick O’Connell has more than three decades of public and private senior executive experience.