Monthly Archives: June 2015

Alas my poor neglected blog! Ironically I’ve just joined Instagram too, which will no doubt get ignored in time too.

I think that since I stopped reading so many lifting blogs/sites etc, I’ve had fewer bullshit-induced fits of rage so I just don’t feel like I have anything to say here. Especially now I consciously avoid food stuff (*cough* paleo sugarfree clean *cough*)

My training is going decidedly blah. I’m not really sure now if I should compete on the 25th July. I don’t NEED to. Then again I will feel I’m letting the gym down if I don’t (which is bollocks – I won’t be letting anyone down).

Still, on Tuesday I did 5 sets of 3 paused squats at 80kg, followed by six single 100kg deadlifts that felt pretty easy, so I’m still “on it” (as the young people say). My bench is a bit pants though – 2 sets of 3 @ 47.5kg yesterday felt like LEAD so I don’t know what’s going on there.

Actually I do have one small thing to rant about. We watched the IPF World Classic ladies 84kg and 84kg+ sessions in the gym last week, which was awesome, not just because one of our lifters was competing. My god there are some seriously strong ladies out there! But you know what was depressing? Some of the comments in the “chat” box under the video on Goodlift’s site and (I’m sad to say) some of the comments by a couple of guys at the gym.

You know the sort of thing: comments about the lifters’ “true” gender, comments about the lifters’ attractiveness, “She looks like a man hur hur hur” etc. So fucking original. So fucking BORING.

Guess what, men? Powerlifting is not a beauty contest for you lot, and it’s NOT FOR WOMEN EITHER. And questioning a competitor’s gender because she’s strong, or has slim hips, or (heaven forfend) short hair? For pity’s sake.

I read a good article on The Pool recently about women’s football, and it resonated with me regarding powerlifting: Women good at sport? They must be men.

The most recent example was South Korea‚Äôs Park Eun-seon who had six rival teams in the South Korean league accuse her of being a man… on account of her solid performance and short hair. Eventually, after a sustained period of media humiliation for Eun-seon, Seoul City Sports Council announced that as she had been tested for the previous world cup, they could confirm she was a woman.

I mean, jesus christ. This poor woman has to go through the horror of having her gender questioned publicly, then be tested, because she’s good at something that’s the preserve of men?

Sorry men, but your masculinity is as fragile as fuck if you need women to prove they’re not men when they’re better than you at something.

And yes, both this and the comments about the attractiveness of powerlifters is all about the policing of women’s bodies. Our bodies must be scrutinised and tested and compared, according to arbitrary standards of attractiveness and achievement. Ugh. Give it a rest. Let women lift, or play football, or whatever without thinking of your sexual attraction to them for a change. No-one cares about your boner.


May 16th competition – video

Turns out someone was videoing the lifts at my May 16th competitipn, and has done a nice little video (mstly featuring the morning flight).

My (red lighted) 102.5kg squat is at about 00:56s and if I’m being honest, I think the judges were kinda harsh!! I was so close to making depth! Oh well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

I don’t often see myself squatting, so it’s good to see how bad my lean/upper body collapse is. I don’t think it’s too awful (although obviously I’m not a coach!). My butt starts coming up & my chest initially can’t follow – I imagine due to upper back/torso weakness – but eventually it does & I don’t quite topple over. Luckily! Definitely need to work on my torso/abdominal/upper back strength.

Anyway, the video is worth watching because it shows all the BGWLC ladies & some of the guys lifting, and I love how you can see powerlifting is for ALL body shapes & sizes!

I think there’s now a running theme in this (very occasional) blog about how I mean to update but I never have time. Although, to be fair, this time it’s been a lack of motivation to update. I confess: I’m fed up. Life is very stressful right now and, while I’m still nominally going to the gym, it’s more going through the motions than anything else.

Back before I did my last competition, I had intended not to compete again until the British Classic in September, and was planning to spend the rest of the summer doing volume work and getting hench (& heavy!) like I did before my Las Vegas holiday. But the best-laid plans etc etc, and I’m now planning to do a competition in July, if only to get that stupid 102.5kg squat I want so badly.

(I’m probably putting far too much pressure on myself to get it, I know. I can only try to steel myself not to be too upset if I don’t.)

We started a new program on Monday to run us up to the July competition. Unfortunately my coach wants me to use the squat safety bar for all my squats (argh) which I wasn’t happy with; but I negotiated with him so that I only have to do regular squats with the SSB, but the paused ones (which I did on Monday) can be with the straight bar. He also wants me to try to squat with a wider stance, which necessitated me taking some weight off the bar (sob).

My main problem with squats is that I can’t hit depth AND stay upright in the torso. To hit depth I need to keep my shins as upright as possible (because my thighs are very large, and if my knees go too far forward my hip crease can’t physically go low enough). So my first move when I squat is to sit back & down…. which means my torso leans forward. It’s like a catch-22 – I can’t keep my shins as upright as possible and keep my torso up. Hence the dreaded safety bar which forces you to keep a very upright-torso (but I can’t squat much weight with it – 45kg x 8 felt like torture on Saturday).

So the plan at the moment is to vary my stance, and use the SSB, at least for the next 3 weeks. We’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, the IPF World Classic is coming up & 3 lifters from my gym are taking part (and my coach will be away for a week looking after them). Exciting stuff and I look forward to seeing how they do!