State Championship Powerlifting NRW Was okay prepared for this comp. Could have trained a bit harder but overall, it was okay. Abs were unexpectedly still sore on comp day but that was less a hindrance than an inconvenience. Weighed in at 81,9 kg. Felt good, so far.
Squat 1st attempt: 180 kg No lift (got called on depth). 2nd attempt: 180 kg Good lift 2:1. Went down to absolute rock bottom, almost injured my hip because of it. Right leg hurt a lot after this. 3rd attempt: 195 kg No lift (depth again).
I feel betrayed
Bench 1st attempt: 110 kg Good lift. 2nd attempt: 115 kg Good lift. 3rd attempt: 120 kg No lift. Couldn't lift it. Dunno what happened here. Perfect technique, fair pause. Either I lost strength or this was just a very bad day.
Deadlift 1st attempt: 230 kg No lift. I overextended, lost balance a bit and then came forward a tiny bit. I was still in lockout position after that but they didn't give it to me. I can understand that and you can judge like this by the rules but I just don't think that it's right. I mean come on, I clearly had the strength, I was in lockout position the entire time this happened and it would not have changed a fucking thing but me having one more attempt. Also this was a state meet, so it doesn't even fucking matter for anything. 2nd attempt: 230 kg Good lift. 3rd attempt: 250 kg No lift. SOOOOO CLOSE. Usually, when the bar leaves the floor by more than 2 inches, I lift it. This one went up to the knees. So you can imagine how close this must have been. I claim I would have done this without the extra squat and deadlift (which exhausted me A LOT).
Placing: 1st in my weight class and 2nd overall.
Conclusions concerning strength: I am strong enough to squat 200 for some federations and I think I could deadlift 250 on a good day, if there isn't bullshit judging like this. So training those two lifts went rather well. I only need a bit more volume, intensity and consistency but other than that, it should be fine. I will add some quad isolation work on tuesdays though, just to be sure (because I will have access to a machine on that day, anyway). My bench was a surprise. Either my arms and shoulders suffered major atrophy or the pause took 15+ kg from my bench, which I just cannot believe. Or I had a bad day. I will have to figure this one out.
Other than that I was shocked by the poor quality of judging on that weekend. Some other lifters had it way worse. One old lady, for example, did squat to depth three times, got called each time, nevertheless and thus bombed out of her first meet ever. Come on! Another masters lifter locked out an awesome gutty fight deadlift but then the bar would whip (is that the right word for it?) a bit at the top. He didn't move, it was just the bar looking rather elastic and shaking a bit. He didn't get the lift. And there were so many more similar cases... Also, the general mood on that comp was awful, once again. No music, total silence, sometimes no reactions to the lifts, little information for the lifters about the weights the others took or even when they had to lift, just overall shitty communication and an awful warmup room (the floor was the most slippery floor I ever had to lift on). Just typical IPF stuff. Lots of bureaucracy, very strict rules, up-tight behaviour and no passion, no heart, no soul.
So what did I take away from this? Pretty simple, I will leave the IPF for good. It has been a long time since I had real fun competing there. Things ALWAYS go wrong and I never have a good meet in the IPF. Plus the attitude there. There is so much hate going on, the national team hates on everyone, accuses people of drug use, in secrecy, while some of them are taking massive dosages themselves, they force you to do their training plans, if you want to join the team or they'll kick you out etc pp. I just don't want to be a part of this any longer. I am a member of the iron brotherhood and not some wannabe police state. Because the latter is what it feels like to be there. I may compete in the nationals one last time to say goodbye to some friends and fellow lifters but after that, at the very latest, I will leave this federation and focus on breaking records, nothing else. That and actually having fun competing in comps like Bembel Man, IRP stuff or Insanity Meet (which you will here more about, soon).
Screw updating, will take too much time with 5 training logs! I'll just go ahead and re-start from today.
Just got sick, so I skipped 2 training sessions. Just did this, today.
ME Lower Body High Bar Box Squat + wraps & belt warmup 1 x 160 kg PB 1 x 180 kg PB 190 kg fail Result is okay, considering I did high bar for the second time in a number of years and considering that I am still sick. Listened to that voice in my head that said "oh, the wraps hurt so much. Don't do a triple, just try more weight", though. And ended up with barely any training volume. Shit happens. Hm,... what else? Did 10 wraps with my 2,5m grippers, which made wrapping painful again. Can't go any harder without help. Oh and low bar technique is not as good as high bar yet. Knees did cave in and butt did shoot up.
As mentioned, still sick, so just the main movements, for the time being. Anything with more volume would just make me pass out, now.
I was on German TV, recently. It's pretty much in German. So those not speaking it can only enjoy the images. And maybe get an impression what German sounds like, if you don't yell NAZI SCHNITZEL, SCHMETTERLING!!!
Max Effort Lower Body Sumo Block Pull (6,5 cm) warmup 1 x 230 kg 1 x 235 kg 1 x 240 kg 1 x 245 kg 1 x 240 kg miscalculated, shoulda been 250 1 x 245 kg and this shoulda been 255 1 x 250 kg equal PB 255 kg fail Result was disappointing. Was hoping to do 260. However, I usually don't do nearly as many sets, so I could imagine that leading to this result. 7 sets at 90% and above is a lot. At least this was good volume.
Had already trained 90 minutes at that point and it was 10pm, which meant I had to stop anyway (stupid neighbour...), so I pushed the rest back to today.
And finally, a few videos. Speed work from monday and then all the deadlift working sets:
DE Lower Body Paused Front Squat + red bands warmup 9 x 2 x 65 kg
Sumo Speed Pull warmup 10 x 1 x 130 kg 20-30 sec between sets.
Hips with Bands 5 x 10 x red band Starting again with low tension. Then using more every week to see how far I can go. Would really love to do something else but since I got no abductor/hip machine, I'll just have to make do.
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