It’s all started in 1985 at my first meet at TCH at the age of 15

It’s all started in 1985 at my first meet at TCH at the age of 15😁
After 2,5 years of training đŸ€”đŸ˜Š
Wearing my NIKE Air Force 1.
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Now heading towards 2019… What will it bring for me on the platform? Master 2 👀 đŸ€”đŸ˜‰
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First I’m allowed coaching @inspirised@theipf Worlds Equipped and helping @ankietimmers86
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At the of the end month I’m allowed coaching @the_epf_ classic championships: @jacq3d
@emdelangen @irislifts @flatbenchjoe@inspirised and helping the other athletes who will compete
@__rvdw__
@kantinkavanbaalen
@david.vasseur.161
@isabellelifts
@bobvandenboogaard
@pleun.dekkers
@evijuanita
@sharrsperanzasatine @powerstrikkie
@ilyscious
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And the coaches:
@sandrawildeman
@pjotrhoek
@dogan__tekin

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It's all started in 1985 at my first meet at TCH at the age of 15😁 After 2,5 years of training đŸ€”đŸ˜Š Wearing my NIKE Air Force 1. . Now heading towards 2019… What will it bring for me on the platform? Master 2 👀 đŸ€”đŸ˜‰ . First I'm allowed coaching @inspirised @theipf Worlds Equipped and helping @ankietimmers86 . At the of the end month I'm allowed coaching @the_epf_ classic championships: @jacq3d @emdelangen @irislifts @flatbenchjoe @inspirised and helping the other athletes who will compete @rowan.kollau @kantinkavanbaalen @david.vasseur.161 @isabellelifts @bobvandenboogaard @pleun.dekkers @evijuanita @sharrsperanzasatine @powerstrikkie @ilyscious . And the coaches: @sandrawildeman @pjotrhoek @dogan__tekin . Nike – There Is No Finish 🏁 Line . 🌍www.titanwebshop.eu ✔Where power and support unite . ✔Go Forth with Titan Support . ✔The number 1 Powerlifting supplier. ✔Always the Orginator. Never the Imitator. . #skwot #skwots #skwaat #skwaats #squats #squat #bands#chains #wobblysquats#slowsquats #pausesquats #pausesquat #deadlifts#deadlifting #deadlift #workout#strengthtraining #yellowjackets#supportsystems #thp #sterksteman #strongmen #crossfit #crossfitnl#yellowjackets #pwrlftr #powerlifter #powerlifting #yllwjckts #benchpress #philiftsophy

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Progression……

Blog by: Ricky Bakker

I do believe that powerlifting (sport in general perhaps) is indeed a metaphor for life. I think what Wim means by this is that when you put structure into your sport. Formulates & strives for a goal and makes adjustments where necessary.
To build a schedule with nice figures, everyone can do that tells my coach. I think so. Only a good coach makes sure that the adjustments fit with the athlete. Not the athlete at the schedule.

This process, however funny, is actually applicable to my life so far. Only I am the coach. Wim helps me with this, like he does with powerlifting to apply structure and rhythm. This may sound very heavy, but actually it is very nice and something that maybe many of you already can.In this process I find difficult to describe and that is also one of the reasons I do these blogs now and then. Not as frequent as in sports, but it will come in the future. Because the consciousness grows.

Back to our hobby, our passion, our love .
The training is nice. Wim’s ‘lightweight’ method is starting to have a nice effect. No, no new PRs (in training then) but the same numbers run with much more ease. To describe it in the trendy way, RPE 8 on old PR numbers. Technically much better higher numbers of lifts! I really like that, I really like that and it gives me energy to continue.

Progression is in every corner!
Thanks for reading and fast!

The Devil is in the Details

Blog by: Kevin

Because of shoulderproblems (and shouldersurgery) I could never perform a proper or painfree low bar squat. But since both shoulders have somewhat improved the last months I decided to give low bar a go for the first time. I got a hang of the basics fairly quick. But somehow it still didn’t feel like I could properly transfer all my force into the bar. At least not in the same way I can with an high bar squat.

Although I coached quite a few people the last few years, I got nowhere near the experience as some of the powerlifters in the Netherlands. Hence the decision to send Wim some of my squat vids together with the question if he could take a look at my technique (talking about someone who has loads of experience). As always, the devil is in the details, two relatively small adjustments: not looking down as much and toes pointing out more already made a big difference. I’m not a big fan of a ‘one size fits all’ approach to technique, but these cues seem to work for me. Next session: my head position was fine, but my toes where back pointing straight ahead. Fortunately the head posistion already made a big difference, most of the tipping forward was gone. But the force transfer into the ground was still to improve upon. Adjusting your technique will always cost you some time and may even set you back in the short run. I will get it right.

A big shout out to Wim who watched and critiqued my technique without wanting anything back. Although a small blogpost was appreciated 😉 After my deload he offered me to send him some new vids as well.  This is what I love about powerlifting, almost everyone is prepared to help you out to become a better lifter. 6 weeks out from my first meet in ages, hopefully everything comes together on the platform.

Exciting! test week :-)

Blog by Ricky Bakker

Finally I was allowed to test where I stand. Testing whether all technical work and reflection work are paying off. Testing in Wim style of course. In doing so, I realize that I ‘train’ for 8 weeks with Wim and I didn’t have the expectations to gain alot of pounds – on the barbell that is 🙂 – .

I noticed during the week that I am still a bit nervous with high numbers. It gives me energy but distracts me from the work that has to be done during the week. So focus: on the deload week. Because we still want to pursue flawless work on my technique and posture.

Test training!
In the morning I felt the urge to train bubbling up. I even noticed that I suffered from nerves. Then I thought: hey, you like training .. make it fun. That calmed me down and ensured that I could reflect on what happened later in training with an objective look. In this blog I’ll share with you what happened.

Squats
Recently I have noticed that I enjoy squatting very much. I do not need extra motivation. I work hard, I am very stable (even if I say so myself). I also squatted my third attempt as if I would have a fourth attempt. So there is more in the tank. “That’s a NICE FEELING”. So far so good!

Bench press & Ricky
That is not exactly love. I notice that, partly due to hurdles in the body, I find it very difficult to motivate myself at this lift, and give optimal performance. High weights to me, myself and Ricky is equal to:
Lack of focus on technique + a$$ of the bench.

But does your trainer don’t say anything about that Ricky?
Of course he does! Only in the weeks before it didn’t happen. Nevertheless, bench press is feeling pretty strong, despite my a$$in relat from the bench #error.

So what I learned from this?
I made my second bench press attempt :). It felt pretty heavy, but I pressed it. Now the average, not well-thinking, lifter would say: Well come on with those pounds. I decided to play it safe. For me that means I weigh my options conservatively in relation to the extra few pounds that could result in one place higher or lower during a competition/meet. This is important to me because I’m learning to listen to my body.

Deadlift party
For deadlifts, Wim said ……. ! Well…. I’m not going to say what Wim said (I’m going to hold on that a little bit longer). The bottom line is I want to lift ever lift solid and hard. So I do too much. Of course it is not all roses. Because as I shared before, I also have many steps to make.

Reflection is KEY
I’ve come to the conclusion that reflecting on my training sessions works to my advantage. After all, it are the kilos that let you rank higher and not the Wilk’s points. My technique has improved so much. And because of that I experience less pain, and I’m able to load more kilos on the bar. When that time arrives that I believe I’m really ready to lift some more weight then I will definitely have a care free time in the gym and for sure a nice play date with all the plates. Until then, I’ll continue to train hard, play hard and enjoy the ride.

Thank you for reading!

Technique is more important than heavy training

Blog by: Ricky Bakker

Who does not know that expression? Everyone does, and I hear around me that technique is extremely important. I think so too. But do we really do that, and is that really something that you have to do endlessly. I ask myself out loud.

In my new training method, well Wim’s, technique stands central, we are also critical of the technical part. But we also work hard, we also lift relatively heavily. Because that is ultimately our goal. Getting stronger!

For me it remains difficult, I want to see those pounds on the bar. Prove that I have become stronger. Wim ensures me that I give gas but not tooooo much. Going heavier than the schedule is a no go (in his opinion).  But will I than become stronger?

Yes absolutely, last week I ended with the most stable squat on high kilos ever. 🙂 Oh and you saw the speed of my deadlift and that in 1 set for 3 reps.

Do you know what a good techniuqe does with my body? It reduces my muscle pain / injures, without having to go to the physiotherapist. So form is more important than I thought.

Since I am at Wim, we evaluate each session. Sometimes short (I’ve often hear more tension here, double elastic, etc.) and sometimes longer about the way how to train (attitude / mental approach).  The always recurring questions: what do you see yourself?  What do you think of it yourself? What did you feel? They ensure me that I am not a robot athlete but someone who thinks, feels and learns.

Evaluating helps me to see where the mistakes are, what is going well, what is improving and gives me the opportunity to adjust thimgs during my training.

My progress is in various parts. Nice that this is taught to me.

Week 1, Wim style ..

blog by: Ricky Bakker

My first week of training is over. In general this is called ‘light’. It would be, if you take long and long breaks, technicalities neglected. But let this be exactly what we are working on.

For me, this is, for the time being, a super way of training. Why you might think! It’s all because I notice that my aches have the time to recover. I also feel that I can become less uncertain during the lifts. Due to the fact that a lot of attention is paid to my technique. I have had one training that was high in the amount of kilos. I can not yet notice that a transfer has been made but that will undoubtedly come. What has come to my attention is that I am much more aware of my technique and even more aware of this sport by making a small evaluation after each training session. That even after 1 week. That is why I am more curious about what is yet to come. After all, I am only one week away. In any case, this promises to be an interesting ride!