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Last sunday my first equipped meet took place.
I am still over the moon about my performance on that stage. I ended one chapter of my lifting carreer to start reading another one.
Coach gave me some rest so I could recover from all of this. And I used my spare time to do so.
That does not mean I didn’t see the gym at all. I went to the gym several times and focused on mobility work and light weight exercises.

Yesterday I had my first central training. It felt heavy. Heavy on my body and my mind.
If you would tell me that I moved all that weight 505,5 KG in total at the equipped meet I would tell you that it was not me but a body double. So at this point I am not that happy about myself, and my first training of the new cycle. And the real deal has yet to come. PLAYTIME is over.

I have to find the switch to turn that unhappy feeling in something positive. Because I know there is a lot to be excited for.

□ International competitions
□ The opportunity to develop myself as a more  skilled athlete,
□ Learn a lot more about lifting and myself.

With my equipped performance last week I was able to get invited to participate at the European Championship Equipped Powerlifting in Pilsen  [ Czech Republic ]. Not in in a million years I would have thought I would be doing such a thing. Knowing that powerlifting started as a joke and just for fun. And within 2 years it has became the real deal.

Just as real as the tickets that are booked to Canada where I’ll be participating at the World Championship Powerlifting in Calgary. ✔⚪⚪⚪✔. Talking about FUN stuff right.

Without having fun there is nothing to it. So that is what I am going to have from now on even now PLAYTIME IS OVER.

The new cycle is leading to Dutch Nationals that is 48 days and 14 hours away.  So buckle your seatbelt. It’s going to be a bumpy right.




◇ Untill we meet again ◇

Just light weight and empty bar squats

Today I just made 11 sets of 8 reps with empty bar (in different variations) 🙂 Just to focus on recovery of my right abductor. I can walk and do every thing, only when I generate some pressure I feel pain. nevertheless I can continue my excersises. See what the reaction tomorrow will be and if I can do some empty bars squats again, so I can do some weight on the bar on Sunday 🙂 After the squats I did some light weight deadlift. Tomorrow I want to do some light weight RDL’s. I used also my new hex bar 🙂 just for 3 sets for 3 reps with 125kg. Bench press with good and I want to do some heavier light weights on Sunday 🙂

Squats 5×8 20kg Safety bar 3×8 20kg Rackable Cambered 3×8 20kg
Deadlift 3×3 130kg
Hex Bar deadlift 3×3 125kg
Bench press 3×3 110kg

Do you want to see all deadlift attempts of Iris at the Dutch Equipped Powerlifting Nationals, click here and watch here breaking the Dutch record.

Video of all the deadlift attempts of Iris at the Dutch Equipped Powerlifting Nationals 2018

Okay here the video of all the deadlift attempts of @inspirised at the Dutch Equipped Powerlifting Nationals of last Sunday. Including the new Dutch Record of 230,5kg. With this attempt she qualified herself for the European Equipped Powerlifting Championships in May 2018.
This meet is a very a nice steps towards her Worlds Classic Powerlifting in June 2018.

Read here blog about the nationals, click here and mine, click here!

More reaction in my leg not expected :-)

Today’s training started good. Warm-up went good. The light weight squat sets felt good 3×5 90kg. First 2 sets front squat felt good. Only in the 3rd set during the 2nd rep I felt my legmuscle again. Not sure what happened. It felt like something was being pulled loose. Possibly something of an adhesion was pulled loose, because at this stage I felt my muscle and I can’t bent it normally. Just to be sure I skipped my deadlift sets. Bench press felt good 3×5 105kg.

Squats 3×5 90kg
Front squats 2×5 60kg pause 3rd set just 2 reps
Bench press 3×5 105kg


From now until forever
(because that is how long I’m in the gym as of late)
I will write about the things I learned about myself, life, powerlifting and all that jazz here. As I am not longer invading the Wimwamgym as a spectator and visitor only, but because I can call Wim my trainer & coach now,  I think there will be plenty of things I want to write (read complain) about 🙂
The direct link to all this madness is www.powerliftster.nl Bookmarking  is free 🙂
To keep it fresh and frisky I will serve y’all weekly with a  ‘things ILY did’ segment starting right away with :
Read! And if you think you understand, read it again. My sister got me a new notebook , i wrote the program down and still managed to do more reps than coach put down. Coach laughed at me when he saw my videos…. nice try honey.
Improvise! After getting pretty irritated about not having a 15 kilo dumbell for wobbly squats I managed to make my own with a 14 and my kilo plates. Doing my wobblys with a dumbell instead of a plate was kind of a thing to adjust to. I still loathe them with a passion but hey…. it is a small sacrifice if it enables me to squat 200 classic right 🙂
Go! On Saturday I had to do the ‘ heavy‘ sesh on my own because my sister Iris wasn’t training right before her debut at Equipped Nationals. I slept like crap but just told myself to GO GO GO and to suck it up. After 6 years, because that is how long that session took :-), I was rarely delighted to have squatted using my belt only on all of my topsets and managed with no equipment on bench and deadlift. Happy campergoals!
Looking forward to this week, I saw paused squats on there ; the joy 🙂


And that is being equipped in powerlifting: not only setting goals but achieving them 😶😃

10 weeks ago I decided to give equipped lifting a try. And I discovered that the difference between a wish and and a goal is: ACTION. I did not only strived to learn how to master at least a tiny bit of this style of lifting. I worked my ass of to do so and complaint just as much 😉.

While writing this blog it’s saturday 14.00 o’clock in the afternoon and am waiting for Sunday ‘competitionday’ to peep its head around the corner. I AM SET on giving all I have got and more. It’s time to let my technique, strength and focus come together and work MAGIC.

By speaking it in to existence I know it will be all right. SO NO MORE FEAR ONLY the right mindset I AM ON FIRE. I got my coach there…my sister there and (gym) friends who care for me and want to see me shine.

COMPETITION DAY |And how did it actually go?

Everything I wished for and more. Eager to continue with equipped lifting. I will with the though love from coach @wimwam1 who got me this far.  It would not have been able to do this without his help and persistence.

THEY NEVER SAW  US COMING. During the day I dealt with some turbulation. Missed my weigh in. Bench did go as  aspected….I gave it my best shot. But was not able to show all I have got in my 2nd and 3rd attempt. But most off all I am uttermost satisfied. Squats went and felt great. I know what I have to work out. Especially my WALK OUT and wearing a tighter suit. Deadlifts need some extra love on my lock out and using the suit more. I lift classic in the suit and that works against me. But hey….that only means that I am getting stronger right 😶✅✅

Broke the DUTCH EQUIPPED Deadlift record with a pound!!! Pretty AWESOME. . .

SQUAT 185 ✅ 195 ✅ 200 ❌
Bench 80   ✅ 87.5❌  87.5❌

Deadlift 220   ✅ 230.5✅ 238   ❌


Leave a comment if you want me to write a about a particular subject relating to my equipped journey.

◇ Untill we meet again ◇

Video of all my attempts:

Variations deadlift & bench press……

Still awesome feeling about the performance of Iris yesterday at the Dutch Nationals. Read here blog www.powerlifter.nl and mine (click here!)

My leg felt good and during my sets with squats I felt the reaction in my leg. Nevertheless I squatted 3×3 140kg (sleeves for some extra sability) After that I deadlifted and did some 2-1 sets with 2 reps 190kg followed by 2 reps 170kg. I did the same on bench press with 2 reps 110kg followed by 3 reps 100kg. This felt both good. Also I ordered some new bar at Fitness-Seller, just for fun so I can continue my light training sessions with some other variations squat, bench press and deadlift 🙂

Today training session (60 minutes)
Squats 3×3 140kg
Deadlift 3 sets 2x190kg + 2x170kg
Bench press 3 sets 2x110kg + 3x100kg

Iris Kensenhuis debut at the Dutch Nationals Equipped Powerlifting, 3rd place overall & National record deadlift 230,5 kg

Today Iris had her debut at the Dutch Nationals Equipped Powerlifting.  After 10 weeks training and 5 equipped training, she did a great job! Awesome to be at here side 🙂 For me also a comeback as coach on a meet. I can imagine she will write her own blog this coming week at www.powerlifter.nl

Nevertheless below some facts of her meet and below the video of all her attempts, including the Dutch National Record deadlift with 230,5kg

Squats went great. 1st attempt 185kg followed by 195kg. Unfortunately 2 reds on her 3rd attempt of 200kg. In my opinion it was a good attempt. Nevertheless you have to accept the referees decissions.

1st attempt bench press was very nice. On her 2nd & 3rd attempt the plate on the right side hits the safety racks. The safety racks were not locked at the rack and therefore moved too much outside 🙁 Also with that kind of a mather you have to deal with.

Deadlifting went awesome. Iris 1st attempt was 220kg (equal to here classic record) followed by 230,5kg. And that is a new Dutch Record Powerlifting Equipped. Her 3rd attempt 238kg was a little bit to heavy for today.

Overall she became 3rd place on her 1st Equipped Powerlifting meet. Hopefully she will be invited for the European Equipped Powerlifting Championship in May 2018. If she does 🙂 it will be Time for really tight suits. I can imagine at least 1 person will like that very much 😀

Again Iris you did a very good job!!! proud!

New PR | reps with 120kg bench press & 2 reps with 162,5kg with Titan Super Ram

Yesterday I didn’t train. I didn’t felt a  100%, so in the afternoon I took some extra sleep. Yesterday morning I also had physiotherapy, so some extra rest was welcome ;-).

This morning I still did not feel 100%. I was planning to skip the training again. After I had taken a painkiller I felt good enough to train.

During my sets squat I used my Titan Yellow Jackets knee sleeves (click here!) to protect my right leg. This worked well. With the deadlifts I could add some weights, compared to previous trainings. After the training my legs felt much better than the previous work outs this week.

Bench press where a BLAST of went fantastic :-). That is an advantage if an injury has less effect on an exercise. Then you immediately see what happens when you put more focus on that excercise. Because you push yourself there, it de-stresses your feelings about your injury. A wise man said: every disadvantage has its advantage (number 14)


Tomorrow Iris Kensenhuis will make here debut on the Powerlifting Nationals Equipped. Pleased to be on here side. Curious what 10 weeks hard training will bring her.

Today work-out (60 minutes)

SQ  3×3 130
Dl 3×200
BD 5×120! plus 2×162,5 (with Titan Super Ram, click here!)

Small squat test and overall light weights

Today I wanted to test my abductor with some ‘heavier’ weights. So I finished with 3×3 120kg (instead yesterday 3×5 90kg). During the sets/reps I felt that abductor started to react and generate some pain. After that I did front squats 3×3 60kg like I did yesterday. Due the reaction I deadlifted just some light weights. Bench press just some recovery sets. Curious what the reaction in my abductor will be tomorrow on my restday 🙂 ?

Friday some light weights again and I hope I can add some weights on the bar on Saturday.

Squats 3×3 120kg
Deadlift 3×3 150kg
Bench press 3×3 95kg

50 minutes work-out