Today I made a small step forwards with the recovery of my abductor. Yesterday therapy was helpfull and with less pain I was able to squat 3×5 90kg and deadlifting 3×3 150kg. The reaction after my training was less than the trainingsession before. My expectations is that I will be able squatting 110kg again and on Sunday 130kg. Bench press felt a little bit stiff and that is what I expected. Last Sunday I had my best bench press session since I start up this new trainingcycle. Still doubting whether I will or will not participate at the Dutch Nationals Equipped Bench Press at 25th of March. A few days until the registration closes……. 🙂
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Continue my recovery of my abductor injure…. It takes longer than expected. Nevertheless it gives me time to focus more on my bench press 🙂 and it works….. Saturday I did 10 sets of 8 reps with 20kg squats and some RDL’s sets…. Yesterday I did some variations squats with just 60kg and deadlifting with 3×3 130kg. On my bench I made 3 reps with 125kg…. and that’s a PR at this stage and I did some bench press with the Titan Super Ram and I finished with 2 reps with 170kg… 😀
Today did only some recovery sets ….
Squats 3×3 80kg
Deadlift 3×3 140kg
Bench press 3×3 90kg
After a Sunday well spent doing absolutely nothing I am geared up for what is already week 3 of zhe program. But not before I inform y’all about some of the ways week 2 had me feeling’ of course. I’d be lying if I said everything I had to do was super easy this time around because it was not . But even some of the things I suck at aka loathe aka hate with a passion as big as my pretty-sizeable-behind, are starting to grow on me 😉 Soooo there it goes;
THREE KINDS OF FEELS THAT ACCOMPANIED ME TO THE GYM THIS WEEK.
Confusion. After thinking I just murdered my first – heavyish -training on Saturday, I managed to mix everything up on Monday, again misreading my program (what else is new) and going in and out of my style during squats. I told Wim and he said I couldn’t execute my plan to play catch up on the things I missed in a session later in the week, which first actually really pissed me off but turned out to be for the better once I put it in to perspective. Being confused about this has me fired up for the new week, were I aim to do not want to miss a thing #aerosmithvoice.
Hunger. And I mean that in every sense of the word. Most of you reading this will know that I am not the heaviest of super heavies around, in fact at my last meet I was just over 84 kg. Nevertheless the weight thing doesn’t stop me from being as hungry as I can possibly be stepping in to the gym everyday and putting all of the kilo’s on me to work. Some say I ‘ SHOULD’ be bigger/ heavier , not knowing I actually know how it is to weigh 120KG for example and I do not find anything amusing about it for me as a person. Taking that in mind helped me to stay hungry this week. I am hungry for kilo’s. On the bar. I am hungry for reds. Reds, on reds, on reds.
Fried-ness. Mid-week, after doing my umpteenth set of RDLs the thought of me doing a doublebodyweighted anything just couldn’t be processed by my mind (or my body). I find correcting some things in my technique challenging with a vengeance, but I know it is necessary for me to achieve my goals that consist of maintaining and gaining strength, being a more complete lifter and growing as an athlete everyday. If feeling like a piece of doublefried chicken is part of that I’ll take it , because my last session on saturday proved again that part of the ‘ i cannot….’ thoughts are made up in the mind. And as you might have guessed by now my confused & hungry-fried-up-self managed to do everythang on zhe program. I think Wim would have locked me in the WimWamgym without food and water if I didn’t.
Last sunday my first equipped meet took place.
I am still over the moon about my performance on that stage. I ended one chapter of my lifting carreer to start reading another one.
Coach gave me some rest so I could recover from all of this. And I used my spare time to do so.
That does not mean I didn’t see the gym at all. I went to the gym several times and focused on mobility work and light weight exercises.
Yesterday I had my first central training. It felt heavy. Heavy on my body and my mind.
If you would tell me that I moved all that weight 505,5 KG in total at the equipped meet I would tell you that it was not me but a body double. So at this point I am not that happy about myself, and my first training of the new cycle. And the real deal has yet to come. PLAYTIME is over.
I have to find the switch to turn that unhappy feeling in something positive. Because I know there is a lot to be excited for.
□ International competitions
□ The opportunity to develop myself as a more skilled athlete,
□ Learn a lot more about lifting and myself.
With my equipped performance last week I was able to get invited to participate at the European Championship Equipped Powerlifting in Pilsen [ Czech Republic ]. Not in in a million years I would have thought I would be doing such a thing. Knowing that powerlifting started as a joke and just for fun. And within 2 years it has became the real deal.
Just as real as the tickets that are booked to Canada where I’ll be participating at the World Championship Powerlifting in Calgary. ✔⚪⚪⚪✔. Talking about FUN stuff right.
Without having fun there is nothing to it. So that is what I am going to have from now on even now PLAYTIME IS OVER.
The new cycle is leading to Dutch Nationals that is 48 days and 14 hours away. So buckle your seatbelt. It’s going to be a bumpy right.
◇ Untill we meet again ◇
Today I just made 11 sets of 8 reps with empty bar (in different variations) 🙂 Just to focus on recovery of my right abductor. I can walk and do every thing, only when I generate some pressure I feel pain. nevertheless I can continue my excersises. See what the reaction tomorrow will be and if I can do some empty bars squats again, so I can do some weight on the bar on Sunday 🙂 After the squats I did some light weight deadlift. Tomorrow I want to do some light weight RDL’s. I used also my new hex bar 🙂 just for 3 sets for 3 reps with 125kg. Bench press with good and I want to do some heavier light weights on Sunday 🙂
Squats 5×8 20kg Safety bar 3×8 20kg Rackable Cambered 3×8 20kg
Deadlift 3×3 130kg
Hex Bar deadlift 3×3 125kg
Bench press 3×3 110kg
Do you want to see all deadlift attempts of Iris at the Dutch Equipped Powerlifting Nationals, click here and watch here breaking the Dutch record.
Okay here the video of all the deadlift attempts of @inspirised at the Dutch Equipped Powerlifting Nationals of last Sunday. Including the new Dutch Record of 230,5kg. With this attempt she qualified herself for the European Equipped Powerlifting Championships in May 2018.
This meet is a very a nice steps towards her Worlds Classic Powerlifting in June 2018.
Today’s training started good. Warm-up went good. The light weight squat sets felt good 3×5 90kg. First 2 sets front squat felt good. Only in the 3rd set during the 2nd rep I felt my legmuscle again. Not sure what happened. It felt like something was being pulled loose. Possibly something of an adhesion was pulled loose, because at this stage I felt my muscle and I can’t bent it normally. Just to be sure I skipped my deadlift sets. Bench press felt good 3×5 105kg.
Squats 3×5 90kg
Front squats 2×5 60kg pause 3rd set just 2 reps
Bench press 3×5 105kg
(because that is how long I’m in the gym as of late)
10 weeks ago I decided to give equipped lifting a try. And I discovered that the difference between a wish and and a goal is: ACTION. I did not only strived to learn how to master at least a tiny bit of this style of lifting. I worked my ass of to do so and complaint just as much ?.
While writing this blog it’s saturday 14.00 o’clock in the afternoon and am waiting for Sunday ‘competitionday’ to peep its head around the corner. I AM SET on giving all I have got and more. It’s time to let my technique, strength and focus come together and work MAGIC.
By speaking it in to existence I know it will be all right. SO NO MORE FEAR ONLY the right mindset I AM ON FIRE. I got my coach there…my sister there and (gym) friends who care for me and want to see me shine.
COMPETITION DAY |And how did it actually go?
Everything I wished for and more. Eager to continue with equipped lifting. I will with the though love from coach @wimwam1 who got me this far. It would not have been able to do this without his help and persistence.
THEY NEVER SAW US COMING. During the day I dealt with some turbulation. Missed my weigh in. Bench did go as aspected….I gave it my best shot. But was not able to show all I have got in my 2nd and 3rd attempt. But most off all I am uttermost satisfied. Squats went and felt great. I know what I have to work out. Especially my WALK OUT and wearing a tighter suit. Deadlifts need some extra love on my lock out and using the suit more. I lift classic in the suit and that works against me. But hey….that only means that I am getting stronger right ?✅✅
Broke the DUTCH EQUIPPED Deadlift record with a pound!!! Pretty AWESOME. . .
SQUAT 185 ✅ 195 ✅ 200 ❌
[ FOCUS ]
Bench 80 ✅ 87.5❌ 87.5❌
Deadlift 220 ✅ 230.5✅ 238 ❌
Leave a comment if you want me to write a about a particular subject relating to my equipped journey.
◇ Untill we meet again ◇
Video of all my attempts: