Breath in ….. Breath out ……

Blog by: Ricky Bakker

As you maybe know or do not know, I will not compete at the SBD Cup classic… No I will compete Equipped. Or according to the coach; I’m really going to powerlift. Of course Wim speaks from his experience and perhaps also from nostalgia. 

I and many ‘new’ powerlifters with me, only know powerlifting as classic. Because that the way we started. We ‘know’ only from instagram or people we have seen doing equipped powerlifting. And that is why our opinion is based on that. At least that’s for me. Well I came up with the good idea to run the real race, including preparation as equipped lifter.

Let’s face it. We all think that in once 30/40 kilos comes with your squat, when you wear a  squat suit. That your bench press is increasing at least easy 15/25 kilos. Okay, hold that thought, because  I’ll come back that.

My preparation: The classic part is not going even that bad. It can be better on points. I am satisfied because I learn to lift, learn to think and especially learn to feel. If it goes a day or even a week less, then you can adjust the  weights. The main thing is that you train not how heavy, just how you train.

So that’s fun. Nice to experience that when we talk about ‘light weight’ training. That this is also a way to become stronger.

After a number of half suited squats training and with kneewraps. Last week I got finally my first fullequipped training. Man o man. I can tell you that it’s no fun and added 30/40 kilos on your squat you have to work for it (maybe harder … what do I say? You should hear me) .

 As my title says breath in and breath out, is difficult already. Wearing a squat suit forces you to squat like you’ve never experienced before, unless you’re used to it. It’s weird annd quite nice experience.

Well to finish this story I will do this with a little honesty.
Is this fun, so far I find this 50/50. Why? For a number of reasons. But one of them is: I can not get used of the pain.

Will I advise you to give this it a try?  Yes certainly! Why?  You have to experience full equipment powerlifting. And whether you like it after that or not, that is up to you to judge. But then you have it tried and experienced.

I continue with equipment powerlifting now step by step. First I will  performe on the SBD cup.

Well I go to bed with my knees nodded, because tomorrow I have my first full-suited training with Wim. And that is usually for one person party.

Happy Weekend All!

Oh and if you have any questions, if this has aroused your interest. You can always send me a message via IG (click here!) chat. Because maybe I can tell you the slightly less pleasant side as a starting euipped lifter. Just say it.

Squattted 3x 212,5kg with my old training sleeves :-)

Had today a nice training session with @grootjoostde He did it very well in his equipment training ??
He motivated me to break my personal best with 3 reps on the squats. I controlled the line and my breathing very well… 212,5kg with my training sleeves ?

Had today a nice training session with @grootjoostde He did it very well in his equipment training ?? He motivated me to break my personal best with 3 reps on the squats. I controlled the line and my breathing very well… 212,5kg with my training sleeves ? . 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 #cardiopowerlifting

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Being too comfortable…..ADAPT!

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.

Let’s go!

Have a nice week everybody.

 

Iris starting here equipment training 3x 197,5kg squats….

Ilrish deadlifting 5x180kg after work sets

Final warm-up set squats …….

Final warm-up set squats……

First training with the new Titan Yellow Jackets :-)

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Just voor € 64,95 instead of € 74,95

Today first training with the new @titanpower81 yellow jackets…. Ofcourse available at @titannetherlands check the webshop (link below) €64.95 instead of €74.95 . Video of my final squat set of today…. 3x 207.5kg Incredible support ?? . Nike – There Is No Finish Line & May the Force be with You . ?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 #cardiopowerlifting

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What you’ve been UP to?

Good question!

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.

 

Untill we meet again

XOXO

Iris

 

 

 

Final warm-up set of Iris without knee sleeves

Knee sleeves are very good to use as shin guards ? Final 'warm-up' set of @inspirised aka www.powerlifter.nl before the work sets ? . 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 #cardiopowerlifting

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