ONE word TWO syllables……keep on reading…..
Yesterday Wim took me for another equipped ride. After the first equipped session I was a little bit nervous to follow up to this second one, but all I can say is “I buckled my seatbelt”. This for sure is gonna be a bumpy ride!
Pjotr van den Hoek (Netherlands strongest pwrlftr in the -105KG weightclass) was so kind to send Wim the Titan suits needed for this training. Some already worn by him. So I thought I was in the clear.
Well….big mistake. Because the fact that someone already worn the suit doesn’t mean you automatically gain Superpowers. Silly me 🙂
How it all went down;
The raw SQUAT training went well. I felt very strong and with each rep I looked forward to move on to the real deal. Getting in the squat-suit was a little hassle and hilarious at the same time. I had to hang on the rack to get in to it. And after that Wim lifted me from the ground to make sure the suit was on. Getting my legs strapped was a little less painfull this time around. I still get the feeling as if my legs are getting numb. And my head is screaming…..GET ME OUT OF HERE. Following Wim’s advice & trainingsschedule these last 4 weeks teached me that I should block these thoughts and stop*wining*. Let me rephrase that in a positive way: just think happy thoughts 🙂
I’m learning, slow that is, but I’m getting the hang of at least maintaining the mindset of approaching the bar with a positive attitude. Eventhough I am in pain. Unracking the bar needs more practice and patience. I’m used to taking big steps. With this kind of lifting that is not (yet) possible or practical. Every misstep gets me out of the flow and makes me feel the weights inmediately. With the risk of getting out of the groove.
Benchpress *fried* my arms for sure. We tried different shirts but we are still figuring out what shirt works best for me. Let’s say I’m like an “IKEA closet”!! There is always something wrong, missing and the manual is never right.
Deadlifts were a blast. I got several ques on my handplacement, stance and tips on how to use the momentum by speeding up the lift. The suit felt great and is for now the right size. 175KG feels like 100kg. My legs and arms were tired from all the other stuff we had done and tried out.
The day after all I can say is: ONE word TWO syllables = MUSCLE-PAIN…!
Click here to see my performance on squat (3x155KG) & deadlifts (3x175KG):-) or scroll at the end of the blog 🙂
Lucky for me the company Perfect Body is helping me out with that. They are so kind to sponsor my supplements and make sure my vitamine and mineral intake is ON POINT. I can’t express how happy I’m with such a generous act. Thank you Perfect Body for making this powerlifting ride (a little) easier. I’ll keep my act together and make sure I wont let you down.
Although I trained with lighter weights than planned. I’m very pleased with the results. Most of all the last week I had a big breakthrough with my mental energy. So I’m doing more things (work related) and
therefore I skipped my afternoon sleeping session 🙂 And still feeling much better than the week before, with less physical rest. Also I adjusted my foodprogram and wanted to go under the 120kg. Combine this and the results is less physical energy (real power) and that is ok. Mentally feeling much better gives me a lot of joy. The physical will come back in the coming weeks, when my bodies is used to it. Hopefully the sleeptest will make a next step in my personal health. My midnigth sleep patron is really worse and feeling so much better is really awesome 🙂 During training I took a bit more time between the sets and therefor this training lasted 90 minutes. Today I worn my Titan Compression socks, fits really great, click here for more information.
This week I felt my energy to do this is much improved and this makes my happier 🙂 Therefor I tyred now… because I have to pay the price to do more… nevertheless this tiredness is much better than I had before…. 🙂 I had stiffnes during the warm-up and it is okay to do less…. Most important that I get ready for my next light ‘heavy’ session which I will do probably on Sunday. See how I feel tomorrow morning to do some light training 🙂 Most important Iris is coming over to train tomorrow. An equipped training session is planned for here… and this will need all the attention. Curious what the next step will bring here in equipped lifting…. Will she be suprised tomorrow ? …… We keep you posted.
The new URL www.powerlifter.nl is active and it forward the athlete blogs of Iris Kensenhuis. 1,5 year ago I meet Iris and Ilrish (here sister) on a Powerlifting work-out I gave at Spartacus Noord-Scharwoude. Unfortunately the Gym is closed after over 35 years. Big Powerlifting legends trained there under the supervision of Henk Keizer. Happy that Henk is still active in the sports as coach of the National team. This was the side step in this blog. After the workshop I stayed in contact with Iris and Ilrish. Since last summer they come over to train at my homegym. During their training I gave advice / suggestions how to improve their powerliftingtechnique. Also adviced them to add some oldskool excersises in their training, when they were training in my homegym. At the end of last year Iris asked me if I want to be here trainer/coach, so she can start a new journey and go to next level as a powerlifter. Because I’m still recovery from aftermath of my operation, I had to think over and over. And I made the decission on my feeling and I’m glad she gave me the opportunity to help/advice here so she can make the steps in here journey. The first is started already. Here first meet will be the Dutch (Equipped) Powerlifting Nationals at the end of februari. Hopefully she will be ready to qualify herself for the European (Equipped) Powerlifting Champions in May 2018. This will be a good step to get prepared for the World (Classic) Powerlifting Championships in June 2018. At the www.powerlifter.nl you can read the blogs from Iris and hope you will enjoy reading the experiences of here journey.
Yesterday I had an restday and the muscle felt a litte bit stiff today. Therefore I added some (light) weights to the excercises, so the muscles are then stretched more 🙂 Also I’m working on something new and hope to launch it within a few days 😆 Tomorrow I will take some recovery time and have no trainingsession planned 🙂
Today my lack energy in my mind/brain and body made me f#@k up… sorry for my language. The warming-up was hard…. my heartbeat went up and much higher than it normally goes… Therefor I decided to taak a little bit more time between the squats sets. Still I stayed focused / aimed on my goals of today’s training. In all kind of situations I work with maximum goals and mimumal goals. My trust in myself was not I normally feel. Only I know I have to believe “in the force” and today was it willpower and f@#k it all 😀 Just do It ….. because there are no finish lines …… Technique was enough today to beat the weights. Most important is that despite I have to kind the pressure out of my head….. So I had two tasks …… kind the pressure out of my head and make triples with the weight I had planned…. Below the video of my final sets….. At this stage it all became new personal best with 3 reps 🙂 And yes this afternoon I will take a siesta and I’m proud that I push myself beyond my personal boundaries… Proud on my apprentice that she did the same this week….. and here coming week will be awesome 😉
Bench press 3x110kg Pleased that my left arm is doing better and becoming stronger….
Yesterday I didn’t train. I took an extra restday. My mind/body felt to tired to train proper. Instead I took siesta in the afternoon. In the coming days (tomorrow / the day after tomorrow) I want to do a semi heay light weight trainingsession and therefore I did doubles in today’s training. Just to set myself up for this training. It gives me also the possible to do tomorrow a very light training session, when I don’t have the energy yet.
This morning I woke up and again, like a lot of days the last year after my operation, I felt that I had a lack of (mental) energy… Every thing I do, cost my (too much) energy….. A lot of things I did in the past by myself, without thinking, cost my now energy…. I have to remember myself to do the things which I have/want to do…. A lot of things I write in my agenda…. and yes…. this cost also energy…. Therefore I leak unnecessary energy…. This is how I maintain the vicious circle …….. And I don’t like that…… So I kicked my ass on today’s training and wanted to focus myself onto the upcoming meet…. Although I don’t know if I will compet, I know this helps me to get focus…. Ofcourse I know I will pay the price (because I will be died tired this afternoon and I thought by myself F#@K IT)
The warm-up went laborious and the squats felt the hardest of all today (check the video below) Nevertheless I didn’t squatted 3x160kg (without belt/sleeves) yet, when I started training again in November…. So game on…. After that I deadlifted and set by set it felt easier…… I was aiming for 197,5kg for reps…. After I did 3x 185kg it felt I could deadlifted even more….. Nevertheless I keep hold on my program and my philosophy “keep hold on your program and you have also the opportunity to go “lighter” NOT “heavier” 😉 Somebody told me: Practices what you Practices…huh Preach?! So I do…. and gave my apprentice an example… 😉 Bench press went also better set by set…. At this moment I got still the nerve injure in my left arm and I got less power and the reps with 107,5kg felt easy also……
Like Rob Cross said yesterday in his interview after he won the World title darts: Give yourself the opportunity to go for it and push yourself towards your limits and beyond……..