Category: Powerlifting

Rocks in that jelly!

November 15, 2016

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Fat loss is such a pain in the ass. I have tackled this issue head on and hired some help for the process. At this point in involves weekly measurments with calipers – oh joy. I tend to make small jokes while this delightful process is on the go. Today while the calipers were clasped on my ample belly I made a seasonal joke that it shook like a bowl full of jelly. The quick retort fro the woman wielding the hot dog tongs with teeth was; “only if the bowl of jelly has rocks in it, there is some serious muscle in there!”

So while my ego is generally not pleased with the whole fatty mess.. it did get a happy little pat.

 

Onwards!

 

 

World record? Sure I will take that!

June 08, 2016
Picture credit: Alive to Thrive Photography

That is what total effort look like! Happy to say I did get that lift!

May 14th was a big day. I stepped back onto the platform to compete in powerlifting. It has been years since I walked away from competing. This go round was a totally different experience, and it was fabulous.

I was confident, happy and reasonably relaxed. Andrew (Aspire Health and Performance) had done a great job of preparing me for the day and helping me keep my expectations in check as to what our goal was. The goal was to get back on the platform and remember what it was like to have my head in the game, obviously it was also to be competitive but in Vernon that was only part of the process.

I have some frustrations with the sport and I needed to make sure my head was in a good place to deal with them (a post of another day) but needless to say I was worried that those old frustrations would show up and throw me completely off.

They didn’t.

Having Andrew there to coach me through the day (I am horrible at warm ups) and a crew of people ready to cheer me on (thank you Roberta, Valeh, Kim, Lance, and Sheila) made a big difference, along with what I had done to get there.

I went 7 for 9. I missed my 3rd Squat and my 3rd Deadlift. The great thing is I walked away from both lifts knowing they are just about ready and next go round will be mine.

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Squat 152.5kg / 335.5lbs  – National Record for weight class and both age group and open class

Bench – 72.5kg / 159.5lbs – National record age/weight class (which is ridiculous but I will take it)

Deadlift – 157.5 / 346.5lbs – National record age/weight

Total – 382.5 / 841.5 – National record age/weight

Unconfirmed World Record in the back squat, deadlift and total for my age group and weight class.

So if you are keeping track that is: 5 National Records and 3 World Records.

 

So I won gold in my age group/weight class at the Vernon classic, but I was the only one in it.  The good news is that on the world stage my numbers hold. Oddly enough in powerlifting they give individual awards for bench and dead but not squat.. if they had I would of had the squat gold as well.

The big winner is always the overall winner, that is the person who lifts the most vs their body weight. They use a formula called wilks. In my weight class it is rarely won because there is usually a beast in a lighter weight class that tips the scales dramatically! I have only won it once, and I came close this time as well, sitting in 2nd or 3rd. If I had gotten my 3rd Squat or Dead it would of been mine.

I am at a good place to start both physically and mentally. Overall I am happy with these numbers, not thrilled, but happy. Next up is The Grind in August and following that Worlds in Pennsylvania!

 

*To be completely transparent my bench has been MUCH better in the past and should be closer to 200lbs to be competitive on the world stage.  The federation I lift in is called 100% RAW and while competitive, the most competivtite federation (and oldest) is IPF or CPU. My weights are close to records in IPF and I’m looking forward to blowing those up as well down the road.

 

 

 

Ugly Truth

October 15, 2015

That’s an ugly truth.

Sometimes you have to “talk the talk” before you “walk the walk” but sometimes no matter how much talking you do a big obstacle can appear. You might think you have it licked, like your favourite ice cream from Moo Licks, but sometimes that truth rises up and smacks you in the face, also sometimes like your favourite ice cream at Moo Licks. (I be messy)

I’m lucky I have the steady influence of husband Steve, friends and an awesome family at Aspire Health and Performance so when things get messy I do have something to hold onto whilst I work it out.

Here’s the deal. No matter how much positive body talk I have going on, no matter how much I support others, no matter how fabulous I am feeling about my progress, somewhere inside I believe that as long as I am heavier than what society wants me to be I will never be recognized as a successful athlete.

Cue the tears. I need to get past this.

Here’s the plan.

Purge purge purge.

  • I am tossing/donating all the clothes I have that are too big or too small and just working within the world that I currently occupy. That whole living in the moment thing.
  • I am organizing (or finding someone else to) our home so I can work efficiently within it. Freeing up that steady stress in my brain that feels like I am just staying afloat.
  • I am staring my feelings of inadequacy straight in the eye and acknowledging them; and promptly delivering a raspberry.
  • I will listen to my coach and my friends, do what I need to, and kick some serious butt when I return to the platform.
  • I will continuing to focus on growth in every aspect including getting better at my job everyday and doing the things that make me feel outstanding and confident both inside and out!
  • Whatever my weight is in January will dictate the class I will be lifting in come May and I will do the best I can in that class and celebrate every victory I have, without second guessing that success because of the number on the scale. What matters is the number on the bar and it’s just going to have to be heavier in order to obtain the success I want.

I have had so much success.  Time to keep building on that and see where this road leads. I am thankful to have solid support on this journey, it makes it easier to know I can trust the people around me.

Here’s to a brilliant 2016 back on the platform!

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Amaze Balls with a side of Awesome Sauce

September 01, 2015

*It has taken me almost a MONTH to hit post on this blog ~ While it might not seem like much to you referring to myself as an athlete is major to me*

Something totally amazing has happened.

Somewhere along the line of this crazy journey I became.. wait for it… AN ATHLETE!

Nobody is more shocked than I but when the realization hit I had to take some time and contemplate what it was I discovered about myself.

Really what is an athlete?

The trusty dictionary says: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength. 

That makes sense.

But, my definition is a touch broader. In my minds eye an athlete is a person who can do stuff. Not always well, but when the crowd says “Let’s go play a game of (insert random sporty thing here)” an athlete can at the very least participate. Someone might be better at it, but an athlete can hold there own and find a way to do what needs to be done and enjoy doing it. Yes, I am an accomplished powerlifter but I still couldn’t wear the athlete title because it was all I could do. I still want excel in powerlifting but I have learned that I want to be able to do more, and for it not to be as difficult as it has been most of my life.

Here is some of the evidence that has lead me to believe that I am an athlete!

Over the last couple of weeks I have;

Worked on this yoga pose thanks to Shauna, it’s amazing where a good attitude and some encouragement can take you!  :

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From the Highland Games. This is Lightweight for distance:

With a fairly quick turn around participated on the Q103.1 Triathlon Relay Team doing the swim leg. (Thanks to Caycee I actually managed to get in the water and train for it!)

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And along with coaching for the Q103.1 Ladies Wakesurf Nights I will be wake surfing 135K from Vernon to Penticton to raise money for Kids Care, it should take just over 10 hours.

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How is this finally happening? Lots of determination and choosing a great attitude on my part and also finding a place and a person that would push me beyond anything I thought I could do and yet at the same time making me feel safe doing it.  Andrew LoCurto at Aspire Health and Performance is leading the charge on not only how I appear physically but how I see myself and what I am capable of.

Turns out it’s a lot of fun. Not easy but immensely satisfying and without a doubt fun.

If you are ready to start the journey to being an athlete I applaud you.  First step make sure your attitude matches your goals, second find someone you trust to help you on your journey!

Good luck!

 

It’s not easy

July 13, 2015

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Fat loss.

Muscle gain.

Good attitute.

Consistence.

Food prep.

Solid choices.

It’s not easy.

Anyone that tells you it is easy is either in a minority of people who are blessed in a few different departments, or they are trying to sell you something that is probably a good idea to stay away from.

Here is what I have learned on my journey so far.

#1. Don’t beat your self up when you go off track. Just get back on track ASAP and move forward.

#2. Celebrate the little victories. Just don’t celebrate them with ice cream.

#3. Love yourself every step of the way, Just because your “end goal” might be vastly different than where you are today, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t pretty fabulous today. Enjoy the journey.

#4. Understand the “why.” Why do you want this? Dig deep and understand the motivation, it will make the harder days easier and the days off the wagon shorter.

#5. The only person you can compare your journey to is you. This is the really hard part for me. Why does she lose fat faster? Why does she move faster? Why can’t I lift as much even if I work as hard? There is zero point to this line of thought.

#6. Find an expert. I turned to the team at Aspire Health and Performance. Coach Andrew has the background I need and the aptitude to discover what else I might need. It’s not everyday that a midlife power athlete walks into your gym looking to address very specific goals with a background like mine. It takes a mix of personality and know how that isn’t always easy to find.

#7. LISTEN to your expert. LISTEN MORE when it feels like everything is falling apart and nothing is happening. Step back and LISTEN again when you want to throw in the towel because it feels like the universe is conspiring against you.

20150625_153134#8. Be honest with both yourself and the people working with you. It’s not always easy but that is where the biggest growth will come.

#9. You can do more than you think if you stop telling yourself you can’t.

#10. Sometimes you need to ask the same question over and over and over again. A good coach gets this and will keep answering until you understand the answer so you don’t need to ask again.

So far in my journey the thing I love the most is how I am moving. In everything from wake surfing to walking down stairs my body is responding better. Somedays are harder than others to get my butt in gear but those little victories are starting to add up pretty quickly and motivate me to fight through the tougher days.

I don’t know how to stress this enough. If you are thinking about making a change. DO IT TODAY. Find the expert, pay the money, work and push harder than you every have before. Sweat. Cry. Be frustrated. Fight. Kick something. Pout. Growl. Just give everything you have to it. When you are in the gym, give that time the respect you deserve in this journey. That is the time for you to focus on one thing; your body and how it is moving. Start with full commitment within that time frame and before you know it other pieces of your life will start to fall in line as well.

Kudus and thanks to you for even ready this far. 🙂 Feel free to leave a comment or fire me off a message if you want to chat or need a little push.. we are all in this together and I promise I have your back 🙂

 

Training on a holiday.

May 19, 2015

So many people said; “Come on! It’s a stat, take a day off!”

Why did I get up early and make sure I trained before getting in my day of fun on the lake? A few reasons…

A couple weeks ago I pounded out 2.5 hours a day on a stationary bike, 5 days in a row.

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It was really hard.

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But I did it.

Following that my “off day” training was also increased and really pushed the limits of what I thought I could do. My coach Andrew LoCurto at Aspire Health and Performance has been true to his word and gives what he gets. I push myself hard and he in turn pushes me harder and at the same time provides a safety net to make sure I remain uninjured and motivated. Why would I dishonour that hard work by taking a day off that I didn’t need? Trust me, rest days are important, but rest days do not always coincide with the Queen’s birthday!

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These pictures may not be the most flattering of me, but they are the real. People need to know that the time you put in is hard, sweaty, and tough, but so worth it. If you walk away from your time training with your make up intact and no need for a shower, it might be time to reevaluate.

Plus I respect Andrew and what he is doing for me far too much to take a day off when he is ready, willing and able to train me.

If you are looking for some training, check out the “training camps” that Aspire is offering! They have a bunch of different ones, the price is right and it might open the door to a whole new outlook on what your body can do, and the benefits that come from taking time everyday that is solely dedicated to being the best you can.

I can’t wait to see you at Aspire!

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For a thigh clapping good time

April 22, 2015

I promised a frank account of my experiences getting back into the shape I want to be in.

Some of it isn’t pretty but it is pretty funny.

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That little cartoon always made me giggle, but I never thought it actually happens. I know we have all felt like it was about to happen… but to actually happen?? Nooooo…

Training leads to all sorts of fun body sounds. Pops, snaps, cracks and the classic Pfffffffft…

Try not to let it freak you out, anyone who has spend anytime moving their body, never mid pushing it to extremes, has experienced an unexpected soundtrack. Gym etiquette says you either ignore what has happened and those around you will do the same, or acknowledge it with a laugh.. and move on.

Trust me, as a powerlifter, max lift day can create a virtual symphony.

Back to the thigh clap.

I am innocently enough pushing through box jumps when I hear a strange sound. I ignore it and move on. I am working hard, really hard, I hear it again! Perhaps Andrew is just cheering me on. He can be very encouraging, but that didn’t seem right. The sounds continues. With every jump I hear the usual thud of my feet, scream of my lungs, and gasp of wonderment that I am still upright and not lying injured on the floor. Yet.. something is different.

OMG. The momentum and effort was causing my THIGHS TO CLAP TOGETHER.

In my earlier years this delightful experience would of led to tears, shame and horror.

Happily I am older and wiser.

First I clarified with trainer Andrew that I was indeed hearing this sound.

I was.

Following that I clarify that he isn’t traumatized.

He wasn’t.

Cue the laughter ~ and more box jumps.

Ready to start the journey for a healthier you?

Stop Working Out. Start Training. Join me at Aspire Health and Performance.

 

BTW: Never google thigh clap.. just don’t do it.

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