Powerlifting Meet

Well, “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me” or something like that.

Arrived at the meet at 8am which was taking place at the beach. No one there. Waited until 8:30 and still no one there. Yes, folks, the meet was CANCELED.

And yes, I was/am hugely bummed. And yes, I am getting my money back since the meet  was canceled the night before with no explanation (I didn’t get the message until later next morning).

But when you’re handed lemons make lemonade right? So, since my family was all in town–here’s what we did instead

(Pictures with my wonderful siblings, Josh and Daniell)

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A huge thanks to my family members, many who drove long hours to come and support me.

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Powerlifting Meet Preparation

Starting to worry and obsess about my upcoming meet. The meet is bench press and deadlift only–no squat. Still haven’t decided what I want my attempts to be. Definitely want to go 6 for 6, since it’s hard for me to “fail” and just shake it off.

I was hoping to have progressed more with my deadlifts, but yesterday could still only get 2 reps at 200lbs same as 2 months ago. I was aiming for 5 reps. On the other hand my benching went nicely. Funny, since I think bench press is a boring lift and isn’t as “functional” as a standing press.

I think I will go for at least 100lb on the bench, maybe as much as 110lbs. I’d like to do 210lbs at least for deadlift, but may need to stay lower.

Hoping to have my brother in town to help me load plates for warm up–haven’t asked him yet:) and a friend to get help with lift off for the bench press and to get my attempts to the judges. We’ll see what my team of “handlers” ends up looking like day of. It might be me, myself, and I. But, hey, that’s the way I’m used to doing things! Not always the easiest, most fun, or most productive, but when you have no other options–you get the job done!

Not sure when my next meet will be, since the rest of the year I will be training for RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) certification, so I want to make sure this powerlifting meet will be smooth as it can be and hopefully fun and rewarding!

The other movement goals on my list include competing in ballroom dance, doing something more in belly dance ( I miss dancing), and Olympic-style weightlifting. I still need to think about whether I want to focus on one for awhile or just start checking things off my bucket list!

I’ll keep you posted on the meet if you sub to my blog! And thanks!

Why Women Should Lift Heavy Weights

Every woman needs to strength train.

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NOT lift pink 5 lb. dumb bells. NOT on the weight machines, but under a f******* barbell, or kettlebell or heavy dumbbell.

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Seriously. If you’re not lifting heavy you have no idea what you’re missing.

Mainly this:

CONFIDENCE

When you can lift more than your body weight, you can do just about anything.

I am not perfect, but when I face my fear of getting under the bar, I can face my fear of telling the hard truths, of taking the next leap in my work life, of sharing my passions with absolute strangers.

Oh, and there are side benefits to lifting heavy–fat loss, muscle gain, increased bone density, and plus you can eat more:)

So I don’t care if you’ve never picked up a weight in your life. Start where you are. Learn to do full push ups. Put 10lbs above your head. Learn to body weight squat correctly. Then go get some kettlebells, or barbell set and power rack, or join a good gym.

Invest in yourself.

Strong body=strong soul.

Go do it, then come tell me how it’s changed your life.