Wim ‘van Gaal’ Wamsteeker (by: Ricky Bakker)
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!)
Thank you Wim van Gaal!
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…..
Mindset is everything (by: Claudia Oudijk)
After three hours of travelling to Limmen (where would I be without Google maps?) I finally arrived at Wim’s house. When I was only five minutes at Wim’s house I was already crying (due stress at work, a sore back and some direct questions of Wim).
After the first time crying it was time for some squats. I know I am a lazy powerlifter and the more Wim said I was lazy, the better I squatted.
The more I say or think about it, the more focus I get during my training. Or during work. The body achieves what the mind believes…|
Even how bad everything goes, you can still do squats at 75%. Or 85%. Or 90%. Or more.
One step back, two steps forward. Or was it three Wim? 😉
Do you know how long twenty-one takes? No? Well, try while benching. When you hate benching. And when you don’t want to listen, then you have to feel it. I learnt a lot during this day, it was a very productive training.
The atmosphere was awesome and the company of the Kensenhuis sisters was also great. Between the heavy lifts we talked and laughed (sometimes, when not crying).
Thanks for everything Wim, for the tips, tricks and saying the things I don’t want to hear but need to hear to focus myself in training.
I’m really looking forward the next training.
Let’s talk about inspiration ………. It is nice to be surrounded by people who inspire you. Last week Iris, Ilrish, Sandra & Joost came over to train at my homegym. Joost posted a new instagram post (click here) During the training I suggested him “pratices what you preach”, because he is training Sandra now. In my daily work I told my colleagues the same and doing it by myself. When I was powerlift trainer/coach (in the past) I trained the same way I preach. This helped me to stay focus, gave my structure and generate the needed discpline which is required in my sport, work and personal life.
The last 5 months I didn’t train, due mine recovery and what I tried I couldn’t handle more work and need some rest moments during the day. This is what I have to cope with. Iris asked me: So you will wait to do something till you have be at the neurologist (January 2018, due waiting list)…… That is a question that I could ask to somebody else 😀
I know I have the restrictions in my brain/mind/head and yes I’m afraid and this was the question I needed to get back in light training again this week. So it is nice to get inspired by the people surround you. Thank you all 😀
Squat 2×8 20kg 2×5 50kg 5x70kg 5x90kg 3x110kg 2×2 130kg
Deadlift 2×5 70kg 5x100kg 3x130kg 2×2 160kg
Bench press 2×8 20kg 2×5 50kg 5x60kg 3x70kg 2×2 80kg
Body felt a little bit sore and therefore some “heavier” weights 😆 and tomorrow a “rest” day instead of today. Also I contacted my big friend Brad and told him I start up some light training. In the next year I will follow his 3 days program added with some extra light session like I did a few years ago.
Some warm-up excersises
Squat 2×8 20kg 2×5 50kg 3×5 70kg
Deadlift 2×5 70kg 3×5 90kg
Bench press 2×8 20kg 2×5 40kg 3×5 50kg
Yep, today I continue my light trainingsession…. You can feel some sore muscles when you have lifted only an empty bar….. therefor some light weights again and tomorrow a restday. Just to figure out how my body will respond on this (light) trainingsessions.
Some warm-up excersises
Squat 2×8 20kg 5×5 50kg
Deadlift 5×5 70kg
Bench press 2×8 20kg 5×5 40kg
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