BE THERE TO PREPARE

Finally, the moment I had been looking forward to for a while; an equipped training at Wim’s in his exclusive one of a kind Wim Wam Gym.

This was my second equipped training in preparation for the SBD cup, while it was my first training using my bench shirt.

First things first…
We started with squats, and after an easy raw warmup, I suited up. Today’s plan was one heavy set after warmup. Wim instantly noticed I was going to need to make some technical adjustments to reach depth without losing power. So we decided it would be more beneficial to keep the weight relatively low and do a few more sets to get used to Wim’s technical adjustments. Wim’s adjustments made squatting equipped feel much better and less strenuous.

I’m too $. € . X .Y.  for my shirt…
After squats, we wasted no time and proceeded with bench press. Before equipped bench, I prefer not to do too many warm-up sets; as too much pump makes getting into my shirt a real challenge ?. Hence, after two warm-up sets (70 and 100 kg), I proceeded with equipped sets. My sole goal today was to get the bar as close to my chest as possible. At set five, the bar was a mere centimeter away from my chest, so I was quite satisfied.

As I will be deadlifting equipped next week, I decided to only do a few easy sets this training.

Gains and Fun…
All in all, I am very happy with today’s training at Wim’s. We had a great time, and I gained many useful technical and mental tips. I’m thankful to know someone who can offer me such great support when I need it, and I was very impressed with Wim’s resourcefulness and training intensity.

On top of that I’ve gained an amazing experience and new inspiration that I’ll ad to my preparation for competing at the SBD CUP in the weekend of 22th – 23th September 2018. Make sure to follow me via the livestream.

Untill we meet again
Joost de GROOT
Insta: @grootjoostde
Team Magna

 

 

Being too comfortable…..ADAPT!

There is no growth in being comfortable. But being comfortable is what most of us feel @ their best. The last couple of weeks I came to figure out once again that needing, wanting or waiting for external forces to kick me in the but is not going to happen. So I’m opening myself up to face different things that make me feel (very) uncomfortable.

Like not pressing that snooze button when the alarm goes off. Cycling to where I need to be.  Swimming, using the car less and walking to the grocery store. But what has this to do with powerlifting you may think? Well even changing my grip, stance in the gym and wearing other shoes. Why? Just because I can, and It will introduce me to new things to realize and experience.

Of course I will not do all things named above at once, but for sure I’ll be specific on what I will focus myself on the coming period. Letting go of the old….making room for the new. Back it up and try again.

Sometimes you have to do transitional jobs/ things to get to where you want to go. But that doesn’t mean that it has to kill your dream or the path that you are on. Act the way you want to feel and soon you feel the way you want to act is what a wise individual once told me. I am willing to experience if things really work that way – for me ­-. Rome wasn’t build in ONE day. Neither am I.

Don’t wish for less problems but wish for more skills !!

Funfact: I am Four weeks out of competing at the West European Championships and picking up Equipped lifting again.

Let’s go!

Have a nice week everybody.

 

What you’ve been UP to?

Good question!

It has been a while that I took the time to put some of my thoughts into words. There was a lot to write about and at the same time nothing that I found worthwhile sharing. So here are some lines for the meaningful people/souls who like to read up on what’s keeping me busy and my mind entertained.

After the World Championships in Calgary (June) I took some much appreciated time to surplus life the way it al so suits me the best. Meaning indulging on good food, loving my spare time and investing in great company. This al so comes with decluttering stuff I’ve accumulated within the last couple of years. Stuff a.k.a. things, believes etc. When the summer comes around I feel the itch to evaluate what I’ve been doing, what I want to do and reevaluate my plan(s) if needed. This might sounds abstract and kind of crazy but it seems to work for me. It must have something to do with an upcoming birthday or just being restless besides being young ?

Thinking about the World Championships, that didn’t had the outcome I wished for and at the same time exceeded my expectations, has been a big part of “my evaluating and decluttering”. Talking about it just as much. I’ve noticed it kept my mind and body very occupied in a good and less good way. Wondering about the things that I’ve could done better or different on that specific meet. Going back to the gym felt somewhat like a hassle, not fun at all times and made me question if I still got what IT takes to be lifting weights. I think you may call that disappointment. After talking ( a lot)  with my coach Wim Wam …he did all the talking….he didn’t give me (enough) space and time to ‘check out’.

Thanks to Wim I understand some more valuable things.

  • In stead of carrying all this ‘weight’ of disappointment with me I should embrace it and make me lift it to a higher level.
  • What doesn’t kills me only makes me stronger and it’s all part of the game to keep on striving for what I want and believe in.

It took me some time to come to terms with my absence of satisfaction, and I’m taking (baby)steps to fully embrace it. Just as much as I’m with letting (things) go. The easiest way to describe this feeling is like being a writer who’s dealing with a writers block. When it comes to mind I’ll take some extra  time out to write more about it and how I deal to overcome it.

While life happens I am making efforts to be on my A-game. Resulting in making depositis on my personal bank account. Since I’m not that good in mathematics it makes no sense writing them on my financial account. ?. Every (kilo)gram comes with determination on every rep and (central) training, as shown in the video below.

“Every race is an opportunity to measure yourself against your own potential”- Source unknown-

Leaves me with nothing else left to say than wishing you a nice day.

 

Untill we meet again

XOXO

Iris

 

 

 

SOMETHING ABOUT TIME

It’s almost that time to rumble again. One and a half week out.  What was on my mind and schedule this week?

There are moments that my body already wants to compete feeling all fired up. Combined with moments that I am stumbling around, and feeling like a very, very, very old lady. When that happens most of the time the alarm goes off ,and I know it’s all a dream. Lucky for me it’s than time to kick off my day. Coach laughs at me when I give him my feedback of how I’m doing. And really cracks up when he sees me squat with an empty bar. I am not joining a gymnastic club anytime soon :-/

This week’s central training at the WimWam gym was the icing on the cake for me. I know what needs to be done. All the tweaking, adjusting and fine tuning we have been doing the last half year has to show for itself the 16th of June. So time for me to call it a wrap, trust the force and let go.

Some people asked me lately how I’m able to compete ‘that much’ and If I’m not ‘over doing’ it? The people who really know me al so know that I’m not the right person to ask such a question. It amazes me that we live in a world where people think it’s necessary to question someone’s actions and intention when they are doing something they love. Especially in my case the people who are donating to the gym instead of actually being an active member. Is there something in ‘over doing’ that?

The fact that I’m leaving to Calgary still seems unreal but It’s a fact for sure. I get reminded to this upcoming event by my surroundings. Mostly by asking me when I am leaving. Whishing me the best and trying to meet up. The restless part of me is already busy packing my stuff. And the layed back part of me is like….naaah keep on chilling like a villain. I know for sure that the bags are not going to pack them self and that laundry is not going to wash itself either. So this girl has some stuff to do.

If you want to see me compete at the Worlds Powerlifting Championships in Calgary make sure to tune in on time. You can watch the meet at www.goodlift.info
What competition(s) are you attending or competing in this year? Let me know in the comments below!

I wonder how my sister @ilyscious is able to get a long with me. Speaking of her…..she has not written a blog for a long time now. I’ll remind her of it when I’m done writing mine. That’s now, cause I need to hang some laundry ?

Untill we meet again….

XOXO
IRIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F U E L | ⛽⛽

Days fly by as I’m getting closer to participate at the Worlds Championships Powerlifting.  And every day and step a long the way I’m still learning, failing, building and fine tuning things.

It even got more clear to me after last weeks central training. Meeting the other members of the Dutch team, training together and the reveal of the new costum TITAN Netherlands Singlet??.  I’m very pleased being part of the team and feel honerd to wear it ?.

This week was one were I made long hours. Off and on work. That’s good for my sleep cause during bedtime I was out of this world. I didn’t just wake up but really awakened around the same time without the alarm going off…wondering what day it was.?

The transition from equipped training to classic training is a fact. Already I am noticing some changes. I actually can say…I miss my suits.  Not for the fact that the suits make me lift heavier. And It’s not because I’ve forgot how to lift classic. But for the mere fact that the equipped training challenges me to get in a different zone and mindset. Now I’m invited back to digging deeper in to my self to turn on that other switch again.

After competing in Pilsen @the EK Equipped Powerlifting Championships the (local) media picked up on my achievements. Some fun stuff happened relating to that. I got recognised in the grocerie shop where I get all my food. At work when answering the phone people congratulated me. Even there I’m noticing some differences and it makes me switch between random getting the job done *classic* versus getting the job done with a twist *equipped*. It’s all appreciated and makes me place things in perspective.

People seem to understand a little bit more why I’m always carrying so much stuff around.
One of the lovely ladies of the gymstaff showed me that there are lockers you can claim forever (24/7) in another part of the gym. If I’d known that since 2015 my bagcollection would not have grown so much the last 3 years ??. It’s about time to sort out my stuff ??‍♀️.

Yesterday’s central training showed me why I’m involved @cardiopowerlifting training. It was one for the books again. Light on paper but heavy on the ‘mind’ body and soul. On my way back home with @ilyscious I even had to stop at the gasststion to get some fuel myself ?. When finally home and eaten dinner the lights went out ?. I planned on watching TV but eventually the TV was watching me.

Today I have a restday and I am going to enjoy it to the fullest. Wishing you a lovely day as well.

Untill we meet again
Xoxo
IRIS

HEADSTRONG

So here it is, my throwback to competing at the European Equipped Championships Powerlifting. Let’s get ready to rumble!

Tuesday
Trainer and coach Wim together with assistant coach Joost de Groot picked me up. For every day I was staying there I decided to pack a bag. What’s a girl to do without all her stuff? I’m used to take half of the house with me if I leave it for a couple of days. Including my weighing scale and all the food I can carry for a whole village. Coach Wim took my scale out of the bag with the message: there is no room for it in the car.  Like really…….!!! Oh Lord…how will I survive this journey starting like this.

After a nice roadtrip from +/- 7 hours we arrived in Pilsen, Czech Republic. I met all the other lifters from the Dutch team and was ready to unpack my bags. Get settled in my hotel room and roar for the first athlete that would be on the platform on Wednesday.


Wednesday

Early in the morning I went to weigh myself. Good results: Still in my weight class! Coach comforted me by saying that everything would turn out right and I should JUST EAT. I managed to be less strict with cutting down on my big appetite. Cause the scale showed me that there was enough room left to eat & drink for the day.
After lunch I installed myself in the competition area. Seeing all the lifters from different countries was an epic experience. I realized that the language we all speak “together” is Powerlifting and that brought such a variety of people at the same time and place. I was nervous to see @sandrawildeman compete because I wanted her to succeed. And so she did!! She showed me what a fight looks like when things get heavy and what determination is supposed to be.

Input: set the bar high
Outcome: get the job done

Needless to say that I got more excited to have my own meet. But do I still know how to squat? Am I really prepared for this? What If I am not able to hit depth in my suit? And will I manage to get on the platform on time with the knee wraps? All these thoughts crossed my mind.


Seeing the equipped lifters shuffle their way up the ramp, trying to walk the stairs and lifters get carried on and off the platform amazed me. It looked like I need to walk a mile before I get up there. CAUSE WHO’S GOING TO CARRY ME? I went to bed on time hoping that meet day didn’t came too early.

Thursday
Woke up feeling good! Eager to save up energy for the big day 2morrow. All this waiting feels like forever. Why am I feeling so restless and tired at the same time? And then it hit me…. All the impressions cost energy too and I want to hold on to it for the meet.

First and for most I decided to enjoy this day to the fullest and even indulge on some good food.
My taste buds needed some P-food: Pizza, Pasta or Potatoes. Also known as CARBS. It was a blast to do so. Coach asked me what time I needed him in the lobby on meet day. We agreed on 6.30 in the morning, before that I had a date with the scale again. I packed my bags before bedtime and made sure I took some much needed quality time with myself.

Friday: MEETday
This is the day I was waiting for. And my oh my….I’m ready! I went to date the scale and….81.92KG is what it said.

Time to EAT. After that Wim and I did the clothing check and I could get the official weigh in: BOOM 82.25KG I got to eat some more, not too much cause that would only get in the way during lifting.


All I could think of was: How do I make sure that all the pieces come together? The answer was simple: trust the force and myself.  Continue reading “HEADSTRONG”

KNOCK KNOCK…..

> Who’s there?

It’s me?
> Who is me?
>> Well…

It has been a while since I took the time to write some of my adventures down. All because I didn’t schedule the time to keep on my writing skills.

At this moment I am 4 days out of competing at the EK Equipped Powerlifting competition in Pilzen.

It would be an understatement if I would say that I am looking forward to it. Time flies when you are having pre-fun. At the same time it seems to take forever for this day to present itself.

A lot of thoughts have crossed my mind lately; how will I preform? How will an international competition like this be? How do I make sure I don’t forget to pack all my stuff? Cause It’s a lot!!

Coach Wim is as relaxed as can be and I am all over the place. I already know that it will be a roadtrip to never forget.

The fact that I competed 3 weeks a go at Dutch Nationals was al so part of the preparation for this upcomming competition. I’m not even totally used to the fact that a competition is a preperation for another competition. So adapting to this style of training and athlete mentality is what I’m doing and learning lately.

My goals for this competition are: finding out where I stand in my equipped journey, learn from this experience, last but not least go with the flow and enjoy.

Do you remember that I had trouble getting in my new squat suit? Well I never got in it eventually. Apparently I am too sexy for my suit, cause the suit can’t handle all this meat. So I am on the look out for a new one. At least I know how it feels to be a sausage and what it really means to squeeeze yourself in to uncomfortable positions and situations. Eventually it brings clarity and a (free) pass to something new. 

If you have the time make sure to watch me compete this friday 11 May around 10 o’clock at goodlift.info. Click here for the direct linkDon’t forget to cheer while you are at it. It’s much appreciated. ?

Untill we meet again.

OH MY PMS!

Still 13 days and 13 hours to go before I am allowed to hit the platform. Yes I sad allowed to. Because coach @wimwam1 is no joke. Within his trainer/coach philosophy I am introduced to the realisation that competing is something you need to earn.

You might be thinking what is she going to talk about this time. Well….I think it’s time to share something very personal, yeah something about my PMS. Most people know that PMS refers to a group of changes around that time of the month. Yeah that period when some females might experience mood swings, become cranky, fatigue and irritability. 

Well for me PMS stands for Personal |Managing | System | ?. I seem to forget that I have one and using it the right way when things get hectic is still a struggle. It would make life much easier if I’d open up to doing so.

You probably have seen that @cardiopowerlifting is hitting us up with real quotes and knowledge every now and then. Those quotes can mean something to someone! Sometime real life takes over and asking help “in time” is not something that comes to (my) mind. Even if that can be the easiest and smartest thing to do. But how do you figure that out when you are used to figuring everything out by yourself? And are not used to people being there or wanting to help you? That’s still something I’m learning.

Simple example: when things get hectic @work, people want to meet up, or you have to attent family matters. How do you keep on track with your personal needs and the (urge) to do something for others?

A. Only please yourself

B. Only please others
C. Alter your schedule and try to please everybody
D. ?

I am interested in what your answer is to that situation. So please leave a comment below. It may not be all black, white or grey. Maybe there are some other flavours to choose from. In the meantime I’m still looking forward to attent the next meet. Seeing where I stand 4 months after the last Dutch Nationals will be very interesting if coach lets me do so.

*Untill we meet again*

Three weeks…..three Issues

For this blog this week I’ll keep it short a

nd crispy.
Cause nobody has the time to read a long blog.
We are three weeks out for Nationals. That’s why I take the time to pinpoint 3 issues.
Let me discuss some of the issues I come across so every now and than.

1. I am sore…and walk around like a granny most of the time. I am pretty good in hiding that. #notsomuch;
2. Powerlifting unleashed the rebel in me;
3. Sometime I’d like to stop time. To enjoy some moments for a bit longer and also to prospone some of the heaviest trainings.

I am looking forward to being on the platform again. Seeing where I stand now this time around and how the equipped lifting has effected my classic performance.

Lately I received the question if I’ll transfer to only lifting equipped. The answer to that question is no. For me it’s not one style versus the other. With the best guidance from coach Wim and his help I’ll do everything that’s within my power to combine the two. And master both of them. I have a long way ahead of me.

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. I’ll tell y’all more about that next time.
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Untill we meet again.

WHAT IF |

o   1+1 was 3

o   I was a boy

o   I played the violin

o   I was part of a twin?

Well…..I can’t tell you how life would look like. Because that is not the case and my imaginition does not reach that far.

WHAT IF:

o   I was scared to get in to my brand new squatsuit

o   I was excited for every central training

o   My sister and coach where the best company I could have on a Saturday

o   Three is not a crowd and four is a party

Well….I know all bout that….so let me tell you how that looks like in this blog.

I am four weeks out of the Ducth Nationals Powerlifting Championships and four weeks in for my training. This trainingcycle is al so part of my preperation for the European Equipped Powerlifting Championships in Pilzen. Last week I received a brend new squat suit as a gift from my sponsor Titan.

Yeayyyyyyy……Titan should change their name in to TIGHTan if you ask me.
Coach suggested me to try it on (on my own) this coming week. Well I tell ya: It scared the hell out of me. I procrastinated trying the suit on for a week….and ofcourse during the last central training coach asked me how it fits. Well I told him….I can’t tell ya, cause I didn’t. He laughed at me and sad…..you know what to do.

This central training we had the privilege to be joined by some amazing company. The one and only Sandra Wildeman. Internationally known as Sandra WILDman. She’s known for being one of the females who took equipped powerlifting in the Netherlands to another level. She and coach go a long way back. Sandra has an amazing BENCHpress. I look up to her. Besides that she is also a great referee. And her sense of humor is unique just as her vivid personality. It was very nice seeing her and train with her.

The central training went good. Technique is way more complex than just moving weights around. I am in a phase were I am fine tuning stuff and working on my mobility. Al so I am learning to appreciate the fact that even after long days and stuff to do at home I’m able to focus on training and my technique helps me to push through every training. The coming weeks I’m allowed to use my equipment even more (knee sleeves and belt). So I can recover during training.

Today I am going to recover from yesterdays Central Training but even more trying to get in to my squat suit. Please don’t laugh….! Chicken dance anybody…click > here?