Yesterday I got the results of the neuro psychological tests. The results have determined that there is no memory disorder. Unfortunately the test results indicate that my memory is average compared to the people who have my work and / or level of education. Some tests are above average and some are excellent. So that is the good part. Medically there is no problem and yet I experience there is. My energy level isn’t what it used to be. Hopefully the sleepingtest can give the doctor and myself the information I need to change my current sleep rhythm to a normal “regular” sleep rhythm. I’m hoping that this helps me to charge my personal battery, so I can manage to do at least the same (or even more) like I did before.
Due the tough 2,5 years my mind can still be overloaded. Especially because of my bad sleep rythm. The most important thing remains; still after 1 year the pain is still gone :-D. I have to treasure that…….
Today’s training went steady….. after I did some personal steps…. 🙂
After normal warming-up and squat warm-ups I did:
Wobbly pause squats 3×3 110kg (plus 30kg dumbells) total 140kg
Followed by normal warm-up deadlift with
3×3 160kg (plus chains) total I don’t know yet, because I don’t know the weight of the chains.
Finally I bench pressed and did my normal warm-up. Finished with
wobbly bench press 3×3 90kg (plus each side 7,5kg) total 105kg.
Every SUNday I review my week and all my sins 🙂
Well today it’s evaluationday. This comes after judgementday a.k.a. the weekly central training.
Five weeks @ following this new programm feels like a rollercoaster. An interesting and unpredictable ride I must say. Eventhough we know where we are working towards. Ahum….at least one of us does.
My third equipped training is a fact. Squats were a big challenge. I’m much aware of being out of my comfort zone. My head and body are trying to speak the same language when It comes down to speeding up the lift. But mostly to ‘let go’. I’m not affraid of failing a squat…I’m just not looking forward to get comfortable staying down..d.d.d.down there.
I’m stunned about the fact that my light training sessions seem to pay off. Especially when it comes down to my technique. I’ve noticed that my style is changing and I think for the better. When my lifts are wobbly, tensionless, look like dive bombs; ‘you name it’ I’ve done it… I can reproduce what I did wrong and am able to act on it in the next set/rep/training. Click here to watch a part of yesterday’s training and know what I mean.
All the mobility exercises are beneficial to my bench press. There is still a lot work to be done. Focussing on my set up…leg drive…and placement of the barrrr
On deadlifts I’m amazed about the KG’s the suit is making me pull. And the speed that comes with it. Needless to say that I almost started with squats in my deadlift suit :-). Lucky for me coach keeps an eye on everything. Especially on me and makes sure I don’t get lost in this world of endless possibilities, reps and sets.
If it was not for him I would still be walking around in my suit this weekend. Because I couldn’t get out of my belt. It must have something to do with being : EQUIPPED IN BEING CLUMSY.
Today I did a semi heavy light training session. This gave me the information for the upcoming meet that’s planned within 2 weeks.
Watch the final sets below in the video. Glad that my big friend Brad Gillingham sent me a video of his latest deadlifting session 🙂
This gave me the Ointment to get Manion ;-)….. The squat warm-up went a little bit roughly….. so I had to push myself to hit my final set. Glad I squatted 2x 202,5kg… Besides the normal focus that it requires to train, the biggest challenge for me is to be aware that I have to keep the pressure out of my head…. Therefor I squat, bench press and deadlift with my mouth open…. The habbit is ofcourse to close your mouth, so you can put pressure all over your body…. including your head ! As you can see in the photo of my final IPF Worlds Masters Powerlifting……
After squats I did my deadlifts….. for me that are the easier excersises where I can focus on keeping the pressure off my head….. Bench press is the hardest….. Although deadlifting warm-up felt a little bit stiff….. it is easier for me to push the button “turbo” :lol:….. Final deadliftset was 2x 215kg + chains on each side 🙂 The last two weeks bench press is going better, because my left arm is becoming “stronger” and I was able to finish with 2x120kg…. Coming week I have some recovery work outs on the menu, like always…… light weight baby 🙂
Today I trained together with Wesley Ortega. Wesley had to do one of his last training session for next week Classic Powerlifting Nationals. He joined me with my warm-up session and during this I fooled him and he had to pay the price during his final squat 🙂
During the bench and deadlift he kept his mouth closed, because he won’t wanted to give me this moment of joy 😆 Because I tricked him, I know he his focused now to go all the way next week. Also I help me focus to push me to my next level of lifting of little bit more heavier weights….. which are still ‘light’ weights…..
Maybe some people start to understand what I really mean with LIGHT weights….. Because I will really what to KICK ass in my Home Gym…. 😀
Monday I had a good training. Put some more weights on the bar and that went good. It had ofcourse some impact on my body, so on Tuesday I did some recovery sets added some pace between the sets. This causes even more impact, so I decided to skip my training yesterday. Also I went to the neurologist and this visite had a bigger mental impact that I expected. The neurologist did it great, he took the time and we discussed the following steps. He want do 3 examines on me.
1. MRI scan (on 21st December)
2.Appointment with the neuropsychologist (to do several tests)
3.Sleep research (to exclude this matter to be sure)
Therefor I trained today and did some lighter weights than my recovery training only I added one rep to it. See how it will go tomorrow…
Everyone knows in the meantime that a trip to Wim is a journey itself. He just lives far away from the rest. At my DRC Cup Wim coached me towards mine first 9-out-9 meet. During the meet I have some strugles to handle and during that meet I started to know Wim a little bit, he is doing things differently to push towards and/or you beyond your own boundaries. Since then I got the idea to train at Wim’s home gym. Also through the stories which are told be the others.
Now it was so far, we first talked. Get to know each other better. Here I noticed that it would be an interesting day. Once in his impressive home gym I noticed that there really is a nice training atmosphere.
I think many other lifters with me, have their own routine to warm-up. I followed Wim’s. And these exercises have already got me pretty tired. But we did not use heavy kilos. Everything ‘light’ as it is called, and yet I still have muscle pain after three days.
Then we went to work according to plan, squats, bench presses and deadlifts. Tempo changes, kept sharp, made sure that this was not an easy day. Powerlifter are relatively lazy, you know what I mean. But here was more than just physical training. I became mentally tougher. According to Wim he was still very nice to me. He placed his ‘finger’ in the in center of painful spot. . As Claudia did, it was my
turn to let go some tears. Wim broke me, but the intention was to let me learn from it and me push me to lift the weights I wasn’t able lifted before in the training session.
The lesson, one of many, that has been very important to me is that you have to focus on what is important and keep your faith. Faith and confidence in your own abilities. Shake IT or!
Maybe you wonder about the title of this blog. As I watch Louis van Gaal in the media, and the documents I read about him, he sounds like a trainer who wants you to open your eyes. So when you asked him a questions, he gives you the answer which is another question.
Breaking down and building up in a safe environment. Exactly what I need (So now and what is next!)
Last week I startup my training again, because some people around kicked my ass …..
This push I needed to startup my training… so like last week I continue doing light weight training session, nevertheless I wanted to make an example to some people and show them the your body is more capable of than you think…. And yes I made the example and pushed myself towards the next step….
The weights on the bar says enough…..