Personal update and last trainingvideo….

It’s been a while I wrote a personal (trainings)blog. The past last months it was lightweight training for me and focus to get back in the coaching stuff. Coaching & being trainer was also a while back. With all my personal issues I was uncertain if  I was capable doing this. When I say yes, I go for it over  100%. Only in the past I was certain that I had all the energy and determination to accomplish this. With all the tests I have had in the hospital, I felt I made little steps forward and making progress. The neuropsychologist gave me the metaphor: In the past you run the 100 metres in 10 seconds. After your operation you run the 100 metres still in 15 seconds (and therefor all the test are okay / very good compare the standards). Nevertheless you have to deal with the fact that it would not be 10 seconds anymore. And step by step it will be better and it will not be 10 seconds anymore. At this stage comparing the start of the year I ran the 100 metres in less than 14 seconds 😀 .

In my work I create the opportunity to manage to do the things do best, and looking back at the past couple of weeks that gives me a lot of joy. Most of all starting to give me more energy back 🙂

Back to the trainer/coach role. In January (end of December) Iris gave me the opportunity to be her trainer/coach. With all the uncertain feelings I have of my own capabilities, she went for it. Thank you very much Iris, because this was the turning point when I started looking forward again. The first main goals was (is) the IPF Worlds Classic Powerlifting getting a medal on the deadlift and improve her own personal bests on all 3 lifts. This meet is coming Saturday and can be followed at goodlift.info (click here)

Towards this meet Iris had 3 previous steps.
1. Competiting at the Nationals Equipped Powerlifting, 25th February 2018, to qualify for the Europeans Equipped Powerlifting. In just a few weeks equipped training she managed to qualify for the Europeans with also breaing the Dutch deadlift record and 3rd place overall. Click here to view the video.
2. Becoming Nationals Champion Classic Powerlifting 2018. With the Europeans Equipped just 2 weeks away, she was not allowed to lifted maximum and nevertheless she became champion with 9-of-9 and 4 meets PB’s and also a new Dutch Record in the deadlift 220,5kg. View here the video
3. Competiting at the Europeans Equipped Powerlifting Championships with the main goal the gold medal in the deadlift and the sub goals where breaking here own PB in equipped lifting and qualify for the World Equipped Powerlifting in November 2018. With the knowlegde that her main event was/is 4 weeks later the Europeans Equipped Powerlifting and therefor  the attempts must be well choosen. Because recovery of equipped lifting (and when you fail your lifts it’s even worse) takes more time than classic lifting. She managed to deadlift the gold medal and breaking the Dutch record again (view here the video) And also you improve here a lifts in equipped lifting and manage to qualify herself for the Worlds Equipped Powerlifting in November 2018. Although the first main goal is next week, the second goal for this year has risen….

The reflection of the above steps is that I made my own progression. I have to deal with it that I won’t be on my maximum level anymore, although I found a way to train again and did 2 small meets already. Step by step I manage to control my breathing and bring down the pressure in my head. Therefor I lift with my mouth open and when to pressure want to rise I let go the speed of the excersise and fullfill the movement. In the past I was used to hold my breathing in and/of let go and when it started to become heavier I was focused to generate more power/pressure. So I train the upside way now. Luckly I am a big fan of lightweight training, because this is also a way to improve your maximum strenght. So I have to do what I preach. Below the video of today’s training and I’m very pleased how it went. Just to inspire some one 😉 because I was able to break a personal record on my bench presse since May 2015….. So there is No Finishe Line ? Next week it is game time. Keep you posted, thanks for reading.

Ilrish aka www.powerlifster.nl went for a ride….

Video of here squats 145kg 157.5kg 167.5kg 175kg and 177.5kg .
She finished with breaking two times here personal best (175 & 177.5).
Good motivation for here big sister @inspirised Great to see the energy & support they give to each other….. Next week is game time for @inspirised

Iris aka www.powerlifting did here final rehearsal

@inspirised aka www.powerlifting did here final rehearsal for the IPF Worlds Classic Powerlifting. Just 2x 170kg beltless….
Next week Saturday it’s game time….

Just for fun 3 sets pause squat together in 1 frame …

… Or is this just one set and than 3 times in 1 frame? Click play, to watch the video below

 

Winning everyday!

Recently I have noticed that whenever people talk to me about my sport and training they always talk about winning. In contrary to myself that is because I do not feel the need to do so because I feel like if you feel like you are winning everyday , there is no need to keep bringing it up.

Everyday you might ask? Yes, everyday and I am not talking medals you can buy at Ali Xpress people, I will explain why and how I mean this so some of you, probably all of you readers can feel like you doing it too.

1 Being loved
I have the privilege of having my sister as a trainingpartner. She loves me and I drive her crazy all the time. The feeling I get whenever she tells me how she cannot live with or whitout me makes me feel like a winner. Yes , she cannot stand me, mission accomplished!

2 Focus
When I started taking powerlifting serious a lot of people I spend time on vanished. Poof , just like thin air they went, because sometimes it is true; people want to see you do good but not better than them. And some people dont like you because you don’t dislike yourself. This is what brought me loads of time to spend on powerlifting and saved me some coins too 🙂 and it has brought me focus. Focus on my goals wich is essential. Win-win!

3 Sensei
Powerlifting has introduced me to Wim. My coach who I cursed the first time he ever let me do anything. He tortured me at our first introduction 2 years ago _see video _ and now he gets to do it every week. He also made sure I can rep the first ever national deadlift record I set in september ’16 for more than 15 times, got my squat on a way to greatness and works on my technical flaws daily. He let me play in the wimwamgym when he was away in Pilsen, he likes shoes like I do and he tells me to shut the hell up when I doubt myself or annoy him or myself. I like people who are honest. He is that person. He feels like a prize. And prizes are for winning . Yeah!

4 Being extra
As a theatermaker extraordinaire I am used to people being extra and I don’t judge people when they are not. In powerlifting some people are extra and some are not. I feel like I get to put my own kinda extra in my attire, my routine and how I carry myself on and of the platform. It is not an act. The Ily you see is the Ily you get and I like how this works for me : not pretending to be somebody else. Having control over that feels like hitting a home run. Yes dear I said it…. and enough homeruns mean…. yeah winning!

AND LASTLY……….. A lot of people asked me recently if I envy my sister because she gets to lift at competitions, I have not yet qualified for such as classic worlds or equipped Europeans ( i know you are waiting for it and that will be nice right me in equipped liftinggear 😛). But the answer to the envy part is NO…. and that is because I know that she deserves it and that you become better and stronger when you train with people who are better and stronger. So without sounding cocky …. I am glad I deserve to train , hang out and support her at all her meets and all things in life and love the fact that in doing so I’m winning some more!

I can go on for a week telling you about these winnings but I won’t and keep it at this.

Please let me know how you guys are winning , I’d love to hear about it.

Xoxo
ILY

SOMETHING ABOUT TIME

It’s almost that time to rumble again. One and a half week out.  What was on my mind and schedule this week?

There are moments that my body already wants to compete feeling all fired up. Combined with moments that I am stumbling around, and feeling like a very, very, very old lady. When that happens most of the time the alarm goes off ,and I know it’s all a dream. Lucky for me it’s than time to kick off my day. Coach laughs at me when I give him my feedback of how I’m doing. And really cracks up when he sees me squat with an empty bar. I am not joining a gymnastic club anytime soon :-/

This week’s central training at the WimWam gym was the icing on the cake for me. I know what needs to be done. All the tweaking, adjusting and fine tuning we have been doing the last half year has to show for itself the 16th of June. So time for me to call it a wrap, trust the force and let go.

Some people asked me lately how I’m able to compete ‘that much’ and If I’m not ‘over doing’ it? The people who really know me al so know that I’m not the right person to ask such a question. It amazes me that we live in a world where people think it’s necessary to question someone’s actions and intention when they are doing something they love. Especially in my case the people who are donating to the gym instead of actually being an active member. Is there something in ‘over doing’ that?

The fact that I’m leaving to Calgary still seems unreal but It’s a fact for sure. I get reminded to this upcoming event by my surroundings. Mostly by asking me when I am leaving. Whishing me the best and trying to meet up. The restless part of me is already busy packing my stuff. And the layed back part of me is like….naaah keep on chilling like a villain. I know for sure that the bags are not going to pack them self and that laundry is not going to wash itself either. So this girl has some stuff to do.

If you want to see me compete at the Worlds Powerlifting Championships in Calgary make sure to tune in on time. You can watch the meet at www.goodlift.info
What competition(s) are you attending or competing in this year? Let me know in the comments below!

I wonder how my sister @ilyscious is able to get a long with me. Speaking of her…..she has not written a blog for a long time now. I’ll remind her of it when I’m done writing mine. That’s now, cause I need to hang some laundry 😊

Untill we meet again….

XOXO
IRIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to compete in September at sbdcup with loose equipment if possible

Hope to compete in September at sbdcup @pardeep_kailey? 😎
with loose equipment if possible 😜
3x 190kg squats… Breathing and the pressure in my head under control.

Vintage Nike Weightlifting (squat) shoes :-)

Because I don’t like vintage Nike 🤣😂🤣😂 I got myself a ‘new’ pair of Nike Weightlifting (squat) shoes from the 80s
Back then @nike Netherlands wasn’t willing to order them for me  in the 80s  in the USA ofcourse my search continues for an extra pair and also for a pair high cut 😉
Click picture to swipe for mor pictures, included orginal advertisment of the 80s with Arnold @schwarzenegger

At my personal profile you can see more true vintage Nike sneakers @wimwam1
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Nike – There is no Finish Line

F U E L | ⛽⛽

Days fly by as I’m getting closer to participate at the Worlds Championships Powerlifting.  And every day and step a long the way I’m still learning, failing, building and fine tuning things.

It even got more clear to me after last weeks central training. Meeting the other members of the Dutch team, training together and the reveal of the new costum TITAN Netherlands Singlet💃🏾.  I’m very pleased being part of the team and feel honerd to wear it 😇.

This week was one were I made long hours. Off and on work. That’s good for my sleep cause during bedtime I was out of this world. I didn’t just wake up but really awakened around the same time without the alarm going off…wondering what day it was.🤓

The transition from equipped training to classic training is a fact. Already I am noticing some changes. I actually can say…I miss my suits.  Not for the fact that the suits make me lift heavier. And It’s not because I’ve forgot how to lift classic. But for the mere fact that the equipped training challenges me to get in a different zone and mindset. Now I’m invited back to digging deeper in to my self to turn on that other switch again.

After competing in Pilsen @the EK Equipped Powerlifting Championships the (local) media picked up on my achievements. Some fun stuff happened relating to that. I got recognised in the grocerie shop where I get all my food. At work when answering the phone people congratulated me. Even there I’m noticing some differences and it makes me switch between random getting the job done *classic* versus getting the job done with a twist *equipped*. It’s all appreciated and makes me place things in perspective.

People seem to understand a little bit more why I’m always carrying so much stuff around.
One of the lovely ladies of the gymstaff showed me that there are lockers you can claim forever (24/7) in another part of the gym. If I’d known that since 2015 my bagcollection would not have grown so much the last 3 years 🤣😂. It’s about time to sort out my stuff 🤦🏿‍♀️.

Yesterday’s central training showed me why I’m involved @cardiopowerlifting training. It was one for the books again. Light on paper but heavy on the ‘mind’ body and soul. On my way back home with @ilyscious I even had to stop at the gasststion to get some fuel myself 😩. When finally home and eaten dinner the lights went out 😴. I planned on watching TV but eventually the TV was watching me.

Today I have a restday and I am going to enjoy it to the fullest. Wishing you a lovely day as well.

Untill we meet again
Xoxo
IRIS

Equipped Powerlifting training starts at the end of the Classic Powerlifting training