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
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.
Have a nice week everybody.
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!
In previous post I told you about my light training philosophy method. Some people start asking me if I can give more explanation what I mean light training.
First of all you have to train with light weight and you have to challenge yourself with the rest between the sets and/or excersises. This is the first step to put your thinking onhold. With the main goal is to push yourself in the flow where you have to maximum focus on your technique, power and mental state. So you push yourself towards your limits in the lifting the weights so powerfull that it looks easy another word is LIGHT. (And in next training(cycle) you can add some light weights ….. )
So when you train with weights which you can control easily, you can improve yourself at other points (technique / mental) which mostly are forgotten and in mine opinion a big(gest) part to generate maximum performance. Because you know when your technique is good and your mental state is focused, you can let go all your physical strength to have maximum performance. It’s like a Formula 1 car. How is it possible that car 1 beat car 2 although the cars have the same (horse)power. The difference is how is the (horse)power released (put on the road)……
Stab + Stab makes 3 😉 (sneakerhead joke :-D)
Yesterday I did a short session crosstrainer, because I wanted to challenge myself to do…. and I did 😀
Last week Monday I started jogging and I needed 5 stops (walking sessions) to fullfill 2,1km “jogging” and finally Sunday without a stop.
Today I fullfill 5km jogging without stopping. I take some rest at my brothers house and took some ice tea 🙂 and make a walk back home for recovery. Recovery my ass my calfs, upperlegs and hamstring hurting like hell hahaha. So today I made 10km total trainingsession. My goal is fullfill 10km jogging, without any stops, at the end of this month. Will I achieve this? It is just Powerlifting (life) ….. it’s starts with a (sub)goal(s) and then you need the following “things”:
This gives you the space / opportunity the get you in the flow and gives you the space to anticipate. It was hard not jogging at all on my way back home. Holding me back is needed to stay on schedule for my next (sub) goal(s)….. #THEREISNOFINISHLINE
Below the information of STRAVA
In my opinion a lot of powerlifters is training to heavy. Ofcourse they are making progress only I think on the longterm they have less progress due lack of technique. Do you what my thinking is?
When you train to heavy you train to hard on willpower. Although you want to improve your technique, your body isn’t able to improve the technique. When you training to heavy, your strong points will improve more compare your weak points, so at the end (longterm) you have less progress. Also you when you train more on technique you will get less injures and this also helps you to generate more progression on the longterm. A lot of lifters don’t have the capacity to make a proper, although their squat is making meet depth……… And yes you need heavy (overload) workouts…..
Do you agree on this statement? Yes or No?
Below the first steps about explanation of CardioPowerLifting
1. light weight
2. keep op the pace / short pauses between with working sets
3. Take your time for your warm-up sets and keep up the pace between those sets.
4. Total training is based on the variations about the powerlifting excercises.
5. Focus on your technique
6. Goal create a mindf*#k during your training session 😉
7. Working sets are maximum 5 reps
8. Weekly you have 1 normal powerlifting training session
9. Focus on a maximum of 90 minutes work-outs
10. Put 3-in-1 excersises in your program (these can be variation of the excersises of in- and/or decrease the weight within the set.
11. Powerlifting = 30% + 30% technique + 40% mental
More explanation about the way of training and specific excersises will come. Like the explanation of 3-in-1 sets 🙂
Please also my ‘basic’ training philosophy at the of the page ‘The Why‘
Cardiopowerlifting is a new way of training I develop due my personal circumstances. After my brain operation earlier this year I’m not allowed to put maximum pressure on my head. Because I’m powerlifting over 30 years I cann’t an imagine a world without Powerlifting. Therefore I start thinking about a ‘new’ way of training and add the oldskool of training with my philosophy of training I develop over the years. People I have trained / trained with know my basic rule: You become strong by your light workouts.
This just a started and I will update the site step by step….