Joost de Groot training in WimWamGym

Oldskool training…

Today’s trigger……

For several months I don’t powerlift (train) ………… My mind is disabled on several points….. Most of all I starting to miss the structure I had for so long. Trainingsdays, focus on my lifting goals, which generated the discipline to go for it….  Below the a headline of a newspaper which my mother gave me. This is the same date as the date (30th May 2017) of my first Dutch Championship Powerlift Championship, which I also won 😀  At this stage I feel how important that messages is for me and what I misses at this stage. I have interpreted the text as follows: If you what to be a champion, you have to act like a champion. So you have to do what is needed to achieve your goal. Nothing more and nothing less…. let go of the things (mindsets) which is in your way to achieve your goal….. So it is to figure about (a) new goal(s), which give me focus and give me the inner power which generates the power for the structure and the required discipline…….

 

Being able…being stable…being equipped

Being able…being stable…being equipped

Entering the world of powerlifting for little over a year now. Not knowing that this was a start of learning that there is way more possible than you ever imagine.

Some of the masters in this field convided me in the secret that CLASSIC/RAW lifting did not exist when they started.

Me….newbie….in this field can’t even imagine how that looked like but most of all how this feels like. A part of me and my partner in crime @ilyscious are curious about this world of dynamics that seems to be the crème de la crème of lifting.

Well….speak your wishes outloud in the presence of  Wim Wamsteeker and you know you will regret it in the same nano second  🤔.

14/10/17 I will never forget….!

When we tried to find a benchshirt in Wim’s collection there were a zillion custommade to choose from. We had the honour to get in his zero XXXX shirt that he worn at one of the competitions he participated last year 👨‍🏭.

Ofcourse I felt the superhero in me come out knowing I’d bench like I never benched before. Luckily for me I now can say I still have all my teeth.

Placing the bar on the right spot and pressing through the sticking point.  #OMG #PAIN #POINTOFNORETURN.

How do people go through such pain for fun 👀👀👀. That was my initial thought. But holy guacamoly how cool is it to bench more than you have ever benched!!!

It felt like #MAGIC.

For sure we will be back for more.

Cycling and a lot of memories …

Today we cycled to Harderwijk and back…. It brings up a lot of old memories. A lot is changed around here compare back in the 80s. Nevertheless a lot of landmarks 😁 what bring back the nice memories. Later this week I will write a big(ger) blog about this specific place …. and the memories. I made over the 200 photos 🤤😲👌😎

 

Today semi-light trainingsession for the sisters Kensenhuis

Read (dutch) interview of the sisters Kensenhuis, click here!

Today’s lesson was (is) mindset 🙂 Squatting session went great PB’s were broken in weight vs reps and sometimes you have to feel it when you don’t want to listen 😉 Today biggest learning point was (is) what kind of attitude you can hold with the excersise which give you the biggest challenge…….  Do every set (rep) like you are lifting on a meet….. When you withhold yourself, you will achieve exactly what the reason what is causing your withold….. 😉 So when you want to improve your worst excersis, for example, bench press, train like you train your best exercise.

 

The biggest difference starts with your (internal) attitude. Otherwise stop training your worst exercise, because it will give you a lot of energy improving your better and best exercise. Conventional deadlift, standing on block, went great. They surprised their selves. What you can see, it all about focus on yourself, during your training (and meet ofcourse).

Final set squat by Iris. When you don’t want to listen, then you have to feel it. What is your idea about this opinion? Next week Saturday Ricky and Claudia will join the training. I’m curious if they are looking forward to it…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycling instead of Cardio at Full of Life

Last two days I didn’t much of Cardio, due my calf and ankle a little bit swollen. Yesterday I cycled approx 10km, just for a dartmeet. The dartmeet started at 13u and finished at 22.30u. It was a big test for me, how my mind would react on at the noise. The dartmeet went pretty, during the dartmeet I improved my play and we finished 3rd with the team. The reaction tomorrow I was very tried and I felt pressure on my head. At first, I did not feel like doing anything. After 2 mugs of coffee I decided to go for a ride instead of a Cardio session. Pratice what you preach, because this morning the two sisters will come over for a trainingsession and don’t want to give them any space to skip some reps and/or sets, because I was to lazy to do anything this morning 😀 My condition is improving. During cycling I use a low gear, for a higher leg rate (RPM). Like Lance Armstrong and now a days like Froome. For next session it will be wise to wear a bicycle pants 😆

Cardio at Full of Life

Because I want(ed) to put more pressure on calf, so I can improve my condition, I now started some Cardio training at Full of Life for the coming time. Hopefully I can continue my jogging session in about two weeks or so. Today’s Cardio training I did 4 rounds.

Round 1: Crosstrainer (1o resistance.Tomorrow next round 😉minutes) after every each 2 minutes a improvement in Watts.
Round 2: 10 minutes crosstrainer with constant resistance.
Round 3: 12 minutes cycling after every each 2 minutes a improvement in Watts.
Round 4: 10 minutes cycling with constant

Tomorrow next round

Just walking today

Today I had only a walking session. Hopefully I can generate more pressure on my calf tomorrow. Tomorrow some changes 😉
#thereisnofinishline #nopainnogain

Impressive and it is therefore important to keep remembering and honoring it

Click on picture (to enlarge)

Yesterday we were on our way home and then we drove through the village of Margraten. At a crossroads there was a big “advertising” sign with a kneeling girl on a large amount of white crosses. We talked about the “advertising” sign and a few miles away was a “American Cementary” sign. We all said, at the same time, that we wanted to watch.

A lot of information can be found on the website ABMC.gov Nevertheless I want to share you more about this place. The place is beautiful and well maintained. The grass is kept wonderfully and that is the reflection of my idea ‘area’ in time.

 

 

 

 

 

It was (is) terrible that a lot of humans died during World War II. The men who are buried here or are commemorated have died for our freedom. Young people how had a future ahead, give it any for us. When I was 18 I fuulfil my obligatory military service. My son is now 19. I cann’t imagine that I or my son had to go to War for other peoples freedom.

Although I made one picture of Medal of Honor. All humans who died for our freedom have to deserve a Medal.

Today I took some time to google about the person names which are written on the memorial stones I photographed.
Robert C Cole Medal of Honor, impressive story, click here!
Two brothers John and Pete Zacchi, died on the same day. Can you image what impact that must have been for their partners?
Wayne R. de Leeuw
Jackson J James
Mario Pellegrino
John T Byerly
Richard H. Holstein
Palmer F. Schuetzle
John. K. Craig

So we have to remember and honor these people! Thank you.