Background

PhiLiftSophy.com 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 and more about you.

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: IT company (linkedin), dealer Titan Nederland, communications trainer and mental coach (more information: http://www.optimizeyourperformance.nl)

Summary about meself:
Started training in September ’82 and did my 1st bench press competiton in ’83 and 2nd in ’84. Just on club level. In 1985 I did my first Powerlifting meet. Since then I compete a least one time a year on a Powerlifting meet till now (2021) and lifted over 160 Powerlifting meets.  On 1987 I made my debute on the National (junior) Championships Powerlifting and won the tittle, became 2nd in 1988. Due injure in 1989 I skipped the Nationals. In 1990 made my “comeback” on the Nationals (junior) Championships Powerlifting and won the titlle again. Since 1990 till now (2021) I lifted at least 1 National Powerlifting Championship (juniors/open/masters) each year. Also I’m one of the few lifters how lifted in the juniors, seniors/open, Masters I and Masters II at the National-, European (EPF) – and World (IPF) Championships.

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

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 (and did 25 open Nationals on a row). 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 www.powerlifter.nl 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 www.powerliftster.nl  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.

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.

After my brain surgery (January 2017) I made a step back in lifting heavy weights and made an adjustment in the way I breathe and train and therefore I’m able to lift with in those possibilities. I’m very proud on the weights I can still lift. And compete on Nationals my results at that Europeans (2021, click here!) and later this year at the IPF Worlds Masters (2021, click here!).  Follow here some training update in my blogs, click here!

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. 😉