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.
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) USachieving 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.
Want to read more about what Philoftsophy and all the lifters touched by Wim are up to?
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.
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. .
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
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. Lees “HEADSTRONG” verder