Hello nation, I haven’t been as prolific of a writer as I have wanted to be lately. For some reason all of my professors have decided to conspire against me and give me lots of work all at once. However, I have been absurdly busy with lots to inform everyone about.
Whitney and I just competed in a powerlifting meet, and we both came away with some records. She got all of the raw collegiate records for the 123 lb weight class, granted she was the only one in this weight class/division and no one has every claimed any records in it, but its still an amazing accomplishment considering that she has only been truly lifting weights for about 3 months. We didn’t get any videos of her, but she squatted 62.5 kg, benched 30 kg, and deadlifted 70 kg. I am super proud of her.
I also got a few records myself. I cut weight to get down into the 148 lb weight class. I will write a post about this later, but in short cutting weight is miserable, terrible, horrible, and a painful use of time.
To make weight I had been consuming roughly 800-1000 Calories a day, and the last week I started water loading. Which if you don’t know, water loading is a practice of drinking absurd amounts of water (I drank at least 2 gallons by noon everyday) to decrease water retention. I put myself through all of this just because I despise hot baths and sweating out high quantities of water before I have to exert myself, so what I did could be considered a more “natural” weight cut.
We both made weight, easily I might add. I was a full kilo under weight (2.2046 lbs if you don’t do metric). We both enjoyed the competition, for some reason powerlifters (especially the raw ones) are super nice.
There was one older lady that, I SWEAR, could out lift just about any guy I’ve ever met in my life. That was super inspiring for anyone who believes that you’re washed up after you hit your 30’s.
Now to what I did…. Drum roll please….
I broke ALL of the USAPL junior AMERICAN records for the 148 lb weight class. I like to be sensible about this kind of stuff. Thus, this essentially means that I’m the strongest, small, young guy that lifts in THE HARDEST federation.
Case and point. I got only two white lights for this one. If you don’t know there’s 3 judges and you have to get at least 2 of them to agree that your lift was “good” or give white (as opposed to red) lights. I always try to ask/figure out which judge gives me reds so that I can find out where they live, but no one fessed up. However, this was a good thing for me because I got mad about that one red light and went on to kill the next weight.
This broke the current record by about 5 lbs, I felt like I had more in the tank, but whatever. Time to move on to the bane of my existence…. The bench press
One reason why I dropped weight was just so I could bench more than double bodyweight in a competition, and this made me work for it. Right when I got up I loudly verbalized how much that lift sucked. However, I had one more attempt and figured I ought to try and tie my best bench at 165lb
Oddly enough this was easier than the previous one, maybe its all in my head, but it broke the record. Now to the deadlifts.
This one tied the record, but I wanted to give it a try anyway.
I know that it doesn’t look like it, but this was the most difficult lift that I have ever made IN MY LIFE! Yet again another record breaker and my back is super sore.
I came away with a 595 kg total (1311.7 lb) which was another record. Overall it was a great time and now I’m going to go eat my face off.