So I went down to BGWLC to set my squat & bench openers last night. I was feeling pretty good when I got there, but my squats didn’t go exactly as planned, and my final 90kg squat was a tiny bit short of depth (and felt terrible too!) Still, never mind – I’m sure it’ll feel better on the day, once I’m fully rested; I did do heavy deadlifts on Saturday after all.

I think I’m going to open on 90kg squat, 50kg bench & 110/112.5kg deadlift. The bench I’m not 100% sure about – 50kg is completely gettable in the gym, but I have a bit of a tendency to lose the plot with my bench on competition days. Also, I’m still smarting from only benching 47.5kg at the British, and I’m nervous about opening higher than that. 50kg (with a stop) last night was OK, although it lacked a bit of ooomph, if you know what I mean.

After I’m done lifting on Saturday I’ve been asked to referee in the afternoon for the 93kg+ men. So Saturday is going to be a LONG day – leave home 7.15ish, arrive at the gym 8ish, lift, referee… the competition will probably end post 9pm (we have 66 lifters!) and I doubt I’ll get home before 11pm. And then I have to get up & go back to the gym on Sunday for the BodyMASS London divisional competition! (I’m helping out & might ask if I can referee too)

I also had an email yesterday from British Weight Lifting asking if any GBPF refs are free to referee a para bench press competition in December. I’m technically not a BWL powerlifting referee, but I guess they’re desperate for refs. I have said I’ll do it, but I haven’t heard back yet – I hope I can, though, as Ali Jawad will be lifting and I’d love to meet him.


  • Squat: worked up to 1 x 90kg
  • Bench press: worked up to 1 x 50kg (with a stop)
  • Dimel deadlifts: 40kg, 20 reps x 2
  • Glute & ham raises, cable crunch