V I V A 4 0 0 Yesterday we discovered that @ilyscious and @inspirised were nominated for the #viva400 amongst some of the best and the coolest female athletes in the Netherlands . We are nominated in the badass strength category ‘krachtpatsers’. As powerlifters that is !
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.
That sums these last few weeks up. And let me tell you it didn’t come easy. There is still plenty of more work left to do. While I’m writing this blog, after a pretty long and nice equipped training session with @wimam1 & @ilyscious I realize some thing; HIGH VIFES and GOOD VIBES are aspects I focus on and invest time in to fuel me up and keep me on track. .
At this moment I’m five weeks and five days out for Competing at the WK EQUIPPED 2018. This will be my third equipped meet and 1th WK EQUIPPED meet ever to attend. And boy oh boy I’m very excited. Last week while supporting @rockstarricky and @grootjoostde at the SBD CUP 2018 someone asked me what style of powerlifting I like more…RAW or EQUIPPED.
I had to think a sec to answer that question. The answer is I don’t prefer one above the other, at the same time I’ve noticed in a short amount of time I grew a lot of appreciation for the dynamics and flow of equipped powerlifting. These features come to mind when I think about equipped powerlifting and somehow they relate to my personality. You can’t cheat your way out of your lifts and just like in life….there are no SHORT CUTS. I’m proud to say that it teaches me a lot about myself, life and lifting in general.
Last week and this week @ilyscious and @wimwam1 helped me to get me in my new suit. I’m the most impatient person in this planet. The magic word for me is STRETCH, when it comes down to clothing, quality time, being lazy, spending money, watching TV and enjoying FOOD. I like to stretch all of those activities. But my suit does not have any time for that. I just have to adapt, twist, pull, turn and go with the flow to get in to that thing. And the funniest part of it all; I can’t do it by myself. Want to have a good laugh for today (or the rest of this year) ?? Be sure to watch me trying to RUN the WORLD like a PRO *not so much* 🙂
Stay tuned on this site to see more bits and bites of my roallercoller ride to prepare for this meet.
2 weeks ago @inspirised aka www.powerlifter.nl deadlifted 214kg conventional at the West European Record. Today she had here first equipped training for @theipf Worlds Equipped Powerlifting. Still in here old suit and now it is sumo time ⌚
3 reps with 215kg
Ricky squatted 265kg (without belt), bench press (without shirt, next time 😉 ) and deadlifted 275kg. Squat and deadlift are a new personal best. 3rd place on wilkspoints on his 1st equipped powerlifting meet!
Iris won the Western European Championships 2018 -84kg class
See videos below (squat & deadlift)
Squat 180kg (New personal best)
Bench press 87,5kg
Deadlift (conventional) 214kg (Western European Record)
Total 481,5kg (New personal best)
Loose suit fits good. Little bit unstable in the movement and very pleased with the result. 2* 260kg
To control the pressure much more it will be wise to squat singles instead of doubles…. Although I’m no fan squatting singles in my training….
Hopefully my body will respond good after this training session….
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.