How it started vs How it’s going…

Do you ever look back at how and when you started doing something that you love?  Was this a choice – after some long thinking – or did you grow into this naturally? Whether it’s in sports, work, reading, painting, gaming, planning quality time, learning a new language. Developing a new skill or improving the skills you already have? YOU NAME IT!

For me…. doing something that I love did not come naturally! I had to go out and look for it, because something just felt off and I needed to do something that only involved being with me and learning more about myself.

Maybe the fact that it will take only 119 days before 2021 ends and Christmass is around the corner makes me appreciate the past, cherish the now and embrace the future.

 

I’m just getting used to the crazy feeling of this year and reviewing if I met up with the things I took upon myself to do. More about that later.

At the same time those (un)friendly Google reminders show me pictures around this time last year, two,3 and even 5 years back. And my oh my……I’d lie if I tell you that a lot has changed or that everything stayed the same.

Most of the clothing I’m wearing in those pictures; I can’t even tell you where they are. It’s not that I lost them…it’s mostly because they don’t fit anymore or because

I’m hardly leaving the house to dress up. Throughout this year materialism and wanting more has gotten another meaning to it. Don’t get me wrong: I still love and like to purchase things to please my soul, eyes and sometimes deal with a void that I try to fill.

Because if I’m honest: I don’t need anything that is out there for sale. It’s a privilege to be able to do so and it’s even more satisfying not to buy something, because it doesn’t add value to me or how I feel in the long run. 

 

In no way, shape or form, I am anything near to becoming a minimalist….although the view of an (almost) empty space or just starting over with a clean slate is tempting. On the other hand, the energy it takes of getting rid of all the things I accumulated in those 25+ years…….is overwhelming. And that’s why things stay the same, and I’m operating in my comfort zone. 

When it comes down to powerlifting,,,,I’m learning that less is more and that sparks my interest in being more intentional with what is already there.

A true lesson that I’m slowly but surely am incorporating in my non-lifting activities.

 

 

Please feel free to comment or share if you can relate to anything I mentioned. I’m curious to know how you view 2021 and have been taking yourself through this year and into the next one.

Until the next one..
XoXo – Iris –

0060KG🔫 >NO TIME TO DIE<

Since 2019 I am waiting for the latest Bond movie to actually come out in the cinema’s. Well yesterday that wait was finally over as I played a part in my own movie of trying to stay alive during my first central training of the new training cycle. I didn’t even have to audition. I just seem to get casted for the role. Let’s call this the golden ticket that everyone who participates in a talent show wishes for. 

Being known for my talent as ‘The one with no clue what to do’ we got the show going. Produced by trainer/coach WimWam. Starring; ‘The somewhat confused powerlifter’ (moi). I saw some 🌟🤩 alright!

Yesterday’s training humbled the hell out of me and gave me a new 💡 perspective on how to approach the current training cycle. No matter how motivated 💪 or pumped I am to start this programme, being efficient and effective is the main goal.

Looking back at my latest competition, the EK EQUIPPED Powerlifting Championships in Pilsen, I am proud to know where I stand, after almost 2 years. The things I need to work on became more clear. I am still looking forward to growing into a more skilled powerlifter. This comes with exploring my potential and applying the ‘PhiLiftsophy’ to this journey. I’ve got my work cut out for me as shown here 🙃😉.

Leaving me with nothing more to say and get back to work.

If you made it to the end of this I blog thank you for 📚.  

Until we meet again.
XOXO – Iris –

What the SHREK just happened (reading time 7 minutes)

Hi Folks,
To whom it may concern 😉 ,

Isn’t it funny how you can long for the weekend and once it’s there time flies when you are having fun?

I’m still thinking about last weekend and the highlights of another equipped training. Believe me when I say that Monday follows way too soon after that.  Makes me wonder how other people enjoy their weekend and how long the feeling of being free lasts? And if having some leisure time on your hands shifts your mood?

 

I’ve noticed that I’m switching between moods, energy levels and roles every day. One example that comes to mind is that I’m so used to being in calls and online-meetings during the day. And on top of that even more aware of my posture and facial features in this digital workspace. Whilst during training I can just let that all go and be my unbothered self. The contrast between those two is so so big.

When coach Wim edits the video of our central training I’m always stunned and positively surprised by the expressions that are made by me. I can guarantee those are not intended to be funny. It’s just how I look and how I’ am. And it makes me unique, something to be proud of. We can agree to disagree ♥. Just see it for yourself (without a smile).

 

With that said I hope most is well and this week brings you enough energy and time to complete all the things you’ve planned to or are about to schedule in.

Until the next one.

Xoxo Iris xoxo

Rhythm is a dancer….. (5 minutes reading time)

Hi Folks,
To whom it may concern 😉 ,

After at least 1,5 years of no competitions because of the state the world was in, it’s a pleasure and privilege to be able to be in competition preparation again. If there is one thing I’ve learned about myself and this situation it’s “SLOWING DOWN”. Things that I already never took for granted; health, a roof above my head, being able to see different parts of the world and sharing quality time with loved ones (nearby and overseas) became even more special. Even getting to know my body and understand how it moves was one of it.

 

Before all the lock downs (I even lost count), I participiated in every competition that I was able to attain. I’m blessed to say that I’ve learned a lot about myself and the sport at every one of them. Mostly that there is no winning without losing. Looking back at these times my focus slowly but surely has shifted more and more to equipped powerlifting. Even though this discipline seems to be the less  favored by the most people who are participating in this sport it resonates with me on another level; it takes another kind of mental courage and preparation. Besides that it shows me that Rhythm is a dancer and I need a companion.

 

The gym is still a place I can call home, and home is where the heart is. Other sport activities also spiked my interest in these uncertain times showing me how to balance out strength, flexibility, letting go versus tensing up. Being uncomfortable means that I’m trying something new, I’m learning, and expanding.. Discomfort is a sign that I’m GROWing, even when the unknown makes me nervous at times, and that is totally okay.

 

 

Thnx for reading, and I hope you are doing well and enjoying live as much as possible.

Kind regards,
Iris xoxo

 

Hello….is it me you are looking for?

Hi dear reader,
Hi folks,

Long time no see or hear. Hope you have been well and so are your loved ones. I just pop on here to say hi! A lot has been said and written already on social media on how to ‘keep going’ or take a step back from whatever you used to see as normal ((during this pandemic)).

I can say that I’m still adjusting to the new normal and have been using this time to reflect even more on all the blessings I’m surrounded by (health = wealth) and the fact that being able to stay safe and sound is a privilege. Just putting up this post to remind myself – and anyone who is in need of hearing so – that this to not only a time to look back but also look forward. Forward to whatever may cross my path or I’ll  actively look for.

Being active these days gives me a better understanding of how the passion + love for sports all started (dancing, athletics, basketball, bootcamps, kickboxing you name it). Just a way of dealing with situations in any shape or form. A way to relax, destress, find a piece of mind and get to know thyself and others better. With or without social distancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you mind please leave a comment below and share how you are doing these days? Looking forward to hear what y’all have been doing the last couple of months to keep yourself going.

Leaves me with no other thing to say than; stay safe and until we meet again.

Virtually or Live!
Iris

 

 

RE- CAPTION 2019

Hello there,
Ola,

Its’s been a while that I’ve reflected on the special things I’ve achieved this year with the guidance of the one and only Wim Wamsteeker. Being in my own bubble; of eat, work, gym, eat some more, sleep and repeat does that sometimes. And to be honest – this time– for way too long.

With that said I find it important to keep myself on track and look back on this crazy journey and adventure I’m still on. Today finally I take some time to sit my butt down and create room for NOT (over)thinking and letting things flow and grow.

The (almost last 365 days) in 2019 has been all about making C H O I C E S and being P A T I E N C E. #OHLORD, #MYOHMY, #PREMIERE, #ITOLDYOUSO.

C H O I C E S
At the end of 2018 Wim asked me to write down what I wanted to focus on in 2019. For the people who know me, or are about to, my first answer to his questions was: HUH…..why should I, I still want to focus on everything that’s possible and comes my way. Thinking that if I keep my options open there will always be enough to achieve, do and see. I was about to find out that that I’m not a superhuman nor a robot so that I needed to narrow things down, to be more and highly effective in the things I’m wishing for and am able to achieve.

P A T I E N C E
Wim warned me that 2019 would be a difficult year training wise. Meaning: Working harder for every (kilo)gram. Not by doing more but by sharpening my technique. That included a lot of patience (not my first nature when it comes down to myself) and therefor a lot of downs and ups. More ups and downs because, as you might have seen and noticed…the fruits of all this labor payed of big time by begin able to set a new world record on the deadlift at the World Open Championships in Dubai.

D R E A M S   VS   R E A L I T Y
Still at this point I can’t believe that all those training hours spend in the gym and all the tears shed, aches and pains have led up to (and as I like to say and see it) US achieving this.

It’s been 4 weeks and exactly 3 days POST meet, and I still am afraid that someone will pinch me and tell me it was all a dream.

I’ve come to the realization that being an athlete is not something that you do part-time besides your job. It’s something that you are and If you pay close attention to it you can feel it in your bones.

THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH – NOT ONY THE GOLD –
A NEW WORLD RECORD

Thanks to Wim I’m still learning how to CHECK IN instead of checking out, or not even showing up at the bus stop. Especially when I’m getting too much caught up in details rather than zooming out and looking at the process = progress. Will I ever be able to love the 1sth word :-0).

Wim shows me that ‘Failure is instructive’ : even when things don’t feel right, being an athlete makes you look in the accountability mirror and pick yourself right back up.

Meaning: you get up, show up and get the job done. ALL WE HAVE IS NOW and COURAGE over COMFORT is what makes you GROW.

NO,   not only when I’m feeling sorry for myself and doubting if I’m doing things right;
NO,   not only in the gym, and on the platform;
YES,  pretty much in general!

>>□ These are the live lessons by Wim I take by heart □<<

Philifsophy says it all: It’s BEYOND the program and more about YOU.

XOXO

Until we meet again
Iris
below some videos:

 

IT’S GETTING KINDA HECTIC

Hi Everyone,

It’s Sunday again and that means…blogtime. Not every Sunday as you have been noticing, but for sure every now and then. Yesterday was my first equipped training in my brand new suit. Let me tell you…….I (think) I never felt so much physical discomfort during a training before.  Two weeks a go I got in my suit for the first time and was not able to squat 70KG properly. When coach told me that we would try out the new suit this weekend I thought it would be for squats only and not even all of them. Just some reps and then get out of it. Oh gosh what was I mistaking. I learned in the hard way that assumption is the mother of all f*ck ups. Pardon my French. Yes indeed, that’s for sure the case.

I wore the new suit the whole training, that means for squats, bench and deadlifts. Diclaimer: that was a choice. But getting in the suit was a hell of a job. So when I got asked to take it out (inbetween bench and deadlifts I chose to keep it on). BIG MISTAKE. My legs were screaming for help the entire training and still are.

Since I am a GENIUS, before training, I was so smart to rub some warming lotion on my legs to activate the muscles. Not taking in to account that I had to get in the suit using plastic bags over my legs. So within 5 minutes in to the training I was burning like hell; friction + sweat + friction + light weights + more friction = CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. I’ll never make that mistake again in my entire life. Coach was having the time of his life…laughing so hard, that he couldn’t even put on the kneewraps. Telling me that history of 20 years ago is repeating itself. Somethings never change I guess. The equipment and time area changes, but the intelligence of the people stays the same.

In to the training:
Squats went good, especially for being in my suit for the first time. I’m close to hitting depth and am focusing on a steady walk out with my new suit. Coach @wimwam1 having my back at all times means a lot to me. Even if it means putting me under a lot of pressure to deal with myself and getting things done. Bench pressing in my new shirt is something I’m getting more and more in to. Bench pressing is a piece of art by itself and am still putting effort in mastering this the best I can, even with those strong long arms of mine. At deadlifts I’ve noticed that It’s even more important to keep my technique on point in this new suit. Not acting and looking like a banana will make a lot of difference. The tailor will see me very soon to get it altered.

Furthermore there are some other things that need my attention & I’ll be working on that the coming weeks. Paying more attention on keeping my daily schedule on point, making myself and taking rest a priority again. This week I’ve learned that taking charge of things is actually not the same as taking charge of yourself. Putting myself on the backseat, instead of the driversseat, is not contributing to where I want and need to go. So it’s time to switch it up!!!! It’s all part of the game and process that we call life.

Don’t forget to turn up on this page to follow my equipped journey every once in a while. Untill we meet again.

Untill we meet again
XX
Iris

 

HIGH FIVES AND GOOD VIBES (my first blog on philiftsopy.com…..woot woot)

That sums these last few weeks up. And let me tell you it didn’t come easy. There is still plenty of more work left to do. While I’m writing this blog, after a pretty long and nice equipped training session with @wimam1 & @ilyscious I realize some thing; HIGH VIFES and GOOD VIBES are aspects I focus on and invest time in to fuel me up and keep me on track.
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At this moment I’m five weeks and five days out for Competing at the WK EQUIPPED 2018. This will be my third equipped meet and 1th WK EQUIPPED meet ever to attend. And boy oh boy I’m very excited. Last week while supporting @rockstarricky and @grootjoostde at the SBD CUP 2018 someone asked me what style of powerlifting I like more…RAW or EQUIPPED.

I had to think a sec to answer that question. The answer is I don’t prefer one above the other, at the same time I’ve noticed in a short amount of time I grew a lot of appreciation for the dynamics and flow of equipped powerlifting. These features come to mind when I think about equipped powerlifting and somehow they relate to my personality. You can’t cheat your way out of your lifts and just like in life….there are no SHORT CUTS. I’m proud to say that it teaches me a lot about myself, life and lifting in general.

Last week and this week @ilyscious and @wimwam1 helped me to get me in my new suit. I’m the most impatient person in this planet. The magic word for me is STRETCH, when it comes down to clothing, quality time, being lazy, spending money, watching TV and enjoying FOOD. I like to stretch all of those activities. But my suit does not have any time for that. I just have to adapt, twist, pull, turn and go with the flow to get in to that thing. And the funniest part of it all; I can’t do it by myself. Want to have a good laugh for today (or the rest of this year) ?? Be sure to watch me trying to RUN the WORLD like a PRO *not so much* 🙂

Stay tuned on this site to see more bits and bites of my roallercoller ride to prepare for this meet.

Untill we meet again
XOXO
Iris

 

 

 

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.