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
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Blog by: Ricky Bakker
GAME ON (belong the video of my final squat 265kg and deadlift 275kg)
Earlier I tried to describe how my preparation went to my first equipped powerlifting meet. As you might have read, maybe not, it was bumpy. Well that bumpy has not changed during the rest of the preparation. But ain’t that a part of powerlifting. In the end, due to physical discomforts, it is not even really possible to have bench presses in the shirt. What I have been able to do is indeed very promising 😊!
Then it was game day! It started well, was a little too heavy, I had to lose weight, I did not have to. The equipped meet was based on Wilkes. So eventually I weighed 93.1. Fine. This is where lesson 1 started, because Wim is not Wim when you get a lesson again. Because if I had simply used my mouth, I knew I did not have to take the trouble to lose the last grams.
Wim told me he could coach me because he had made the choice not to participate at the meet, so that was a stroke of luck.
When the Kensenhuis sisters came to help, I got a mug with GAME ON as a print. Well with so much power in my corner, you know. Only option is enjoy and lift.
What I noticed from the beginning is that there is a whole different atmosphere in the equipped lifters than in the classic lifters. Logical or not logical. One side is that you need each other, just look at the participants numbers. Otherwise, I still want to win everyone. But everyone helped everyone. Difficult to describe what that has loosened with me. But in this way I noticed that I could easily shift my head into positive thoughts, which made my whole game vibe ‘better’ than usual.
I lifterd a very good meet. 8 out of 8, yes because Wim has decided to skip the 3rd attempt bench. That is what a good coach does, look / feel / anticipate and respond to. Speaking of reacting. I still a kick under my ass from Wim. Yes!
At my first squat I got 1 red light and 2 times white lights (so as you know, a good lift). But I dared to ask why I got red light once. Simply put, I will never ask this question again (to Wim). More importantly, I have learned that focusing on the positive benefits my attitude.
Big difference with classic lifts is especially the knee wrapping. You simply wear sleeves, the whole meet, even during bench presses and deadlift if you want. Knee wrapping is a profession apart. Timing is important. So I learned that the hard way. The referees had something to debate about 1 attempt before I was allowed on the platform. I was fulling packed and ready. That means that all the stress was on it. Delicious!
I have done bench presses classic. Physical discomforts caused only 2 attempts. Deadlift went very well. On a 3rd turn I got a choice in terms of kilos what I would like to lift. Of course I went for the highest, also because it was a good day. The consequence to this choice was that I had to make my first attempt wearing belt together with my deadlift suit. The rest is history, haha I always wanted to say that.
To write a conclusion/ I found the road to the game quite difficult. Sometimes even annoying because of the trouble what it cost me to do the training. But the meet was a great experience, partly because of the good meet and nice coaching and all the help of everyone.
So my thanks especially to Ilrish and Iris, tough but honest aunts!
Sandra, for one of the best power lift lessons I have had!
And Wim, because he always does annoying. But it is very educational and understanding.
Some people call it the dark side (@euromike231) 😁 I call it rebels….. So may the force be with me…. 😎
Believe it or not 🤔 First squat suit training after the IPF Worlds Masters 2016 and after my operation…. I will wear a very loose suit from the middle to the top. It will be easy to put the suit fully on. And it will be much to easier to squat and control the pressure… Although that is my thinking 🤔 at this point. Also I wear a Velocity suit instead the Centurion. The Velocity stretches easier and also stretches side ways and up ways. The centurion stretches only up ways.