Background is the way of training I (Wim Wamsteeker) develop due my personal sports career. The way of training is oldskool with addition of my philosophy. People I have train(ed) / train(ed) with know my basic rule: You become strong due your ‘light’ weights workouts. It’s beyond the program.

More about of me:
Name: Wim Wamsteeker
Marital status: married to Mirella, which I have two wonderful children Kick and Loïs.
Sports: Powerlifting
Training since: 1982
Powerlifting competitions since: March 1985 (first bench press in 1983)
Occupation: Owner IT company (linkedin), dealer Titan Nederland, communications trainer and mental coach (more information:

This just a started and I will update the site step by step…. Read the first explanation about PhiLiftSophy

Below a complication of my EPF Europeans Masters 2016. You can see that during the meet the pain I got from the trigeminal neuralgia. Because of this problem I had  a brain operation. I’m still very proud on my result at that European and later that year at the IPF Worlds Masters. This year (2019) I hope to compete on 3 meets and will end my active carreer as lifter at the Worlds Masters in October. Result of the  Nationals Masters 2019 (click here!) Follow here some training update in my blogs, click here!

Meet Results and Overview:
Because I have some years rotating below a summary of my achievements: 2 times junior champion of the Netherlands, with as highlight the Dutch record squat 285kg, 300kg deadlift and total 735kg.

At European- and World Championship for juniors my highest ranking is 5th place. Participation more over that 20 Nationals, I won the open championship 10 times. I also participate at several Open European- and World Championships. My highest ranking at the Open World Championship is an 8th place at the European Championships seniors a 4th place.

I see till 2000 as my first powerlifting live. Highest lifted weights in a competition are: Squat 345kg, 215kg bench press, deadlift 320kg and total 867.5 kg. After that I gave training / coaching other athletes more time. In that period I was also sport coordinator and coach / trainer of the Dutch Powerlifting Federation (NPB) and I was webmaster of the IPF (untill 2007). The most famous athletes that I trained to their top level are: Peter Baltus (Strongest Man of Netherland 2003) and Ielja Strik (multiple European and World champion bench press and powerlifting), Brenda van de Meulen, Judith Meerding, Sandra Wildeman, Wesley Ortega and Pardeep Kailey.
Also read the testimonials.

In December 2017 I started as trainer/coach of Iris Kensenhuis aka and support here in here journey to go for the max. Follow here blogs, click here! And in February 2018 I started as trainer/coach of Ilrish Kensenhuis aka  link to here blogs, click here!

Since 1th July 2018 I’m back as one of the coaches of the Dutch National Powerlifting Team. In the period (2004 – 2008) I was headcoach of the Dutch National Powerlifting team. I hope I can give my knowlegde to the new generation and have a lot of fun and lifting successes in the upcoming International Powerlifting meets.

From 2009 I do Masters tournaments so I have to this day the following weights lifted in a match: squat 342.5kg, 220kg bench press, dead lift 287,5kg and a total of 837.5kg. To achieve your challenges is the support of Titan gear gives a big boost to realize my and your goals.

Summary of results of all my meets, click here!
Athlete bio site, click here!

My favorite exercise is squat. Because squat is a technical exercise and the most stressful events during a competition, everything have to match to make your biggest squat. It gives me a big kick when I squat the weight which is loaded on the barbell.

My ‘basic’ training philosophy: it’s about a few things:
1. The will to train (means discipline)
2. Make sure you do not over-train.
3. The point is not how hard you train, but how you train (execution),
4. The mental aspect is much bigger than people think. (According to my feelings: 40% mental, 30% technique and 30% power).
5. Stick to your plan and if you deviate from it (train only lighter than your plan/program, training heavier than your plan, this helps to get 2).
6. Train from what you can and train not from what you want. The moment you train too long and too much from what you want. This will help you to achieve 2.
7. Focus your lifting goals which you want to lift at a competition. So you have to lift them at the competition and not in the training. Otherwise it helps you to get 2.
8. You have to do things themselves and it means that you don’t have to do by your own. In other words, a trainer/coach/trainings partner can help you (guard) to train from what you can and help you to realize your goals.
9. When you do what you always have done. You get what you always got. When you don’t want that, then is number 10 an option 😉
10. When you start thinking differently, this will means you will start doing differently and when you start doing differently you will start differently. 😉