Meet Report – 845 @131.4

October 28th, 2015 by Laura

This was my first (hopefully only) time competing sumo. My SI joint was flaring up going into this meet and conventionals were off the table.


Opener: 255 Good Lift
Was glad I went conservative. This felt light but I felt floaty and unfocused, as I always do for squatting at meets. Probably nerves.

Second: 265 Good Lift

Third: 275 Good Lift (+5 Meet PR)
I can definitely see my hips twisting but in spite of that, the squats went up fast and the bar felt light. So why the light attempts? On one hand, I whimped out on my squat attempts. On the other hand, I was happy to go with lifts that I was confident in, get a 5lb lead on my previous total, not kill off my hip right out of the gate and save the mental and physical energy for later.

Opener: 155 Good Lift
The bench felt much higher than my bench at home and my form was off.

Second: 165 Good Lift
I was going to ask for blocks under my feet but that would be stupid; I’m not short. I tightened my belt to avoid overarching and brought my feet a little farther back. It ended up feeling easier than my opener.

Third: 170 Good Lift (+10 Meet PR)
I really should have tried 175 but I am very happy with a +10 meet PR on bench.

Opener: 370 Good Lift
I originally had a 355 opener but upped it to 370 at the last minute.

Second: 400 Good Lift (+10 meet PR)
HIDEOUS. The conventional puller in me took over; I realized it the moment the bar came off the ground. When I sumo correctly, it feels like I am pulling the bar off the floor forever then lockout is a breeze. If there is speed off the ground on heavy weight, I’m going to be in trouble at lockout and in no position to grind it. At home, I’m lucky to even get 370 locked out when it goes this way.

My shoulders were way out in front, I was windmilling and had to get back behind the bar without resting it on my thighs or jerking it. It turned into the most awful grind with several standstill pauses. I wished that I had opted for just having more patience off the floor.

My left side locked out first, then my right, but there was no downward movement, unlock/re lock or any of that. I got 2 greens from the sides, and 1 red from the front for one hip locking out more slowly than the other.

Third: 410 no lift
After the grind that was 400, I still felt that I should try 410 because I started 400 wrong. It got maybe a few inches up but I had no fight left in me.

I went 8/9
TOTAL: 845 @131.4 (+25 Meet Pr)

If want to pull sumo in a meet again, I’m going to need to figure out how to calm down. Sumo doesn’t lend itself to frenzy the way conventional does, and if you do get out of position, it’s much harder to grind. On the other hand, for a sumo that went wrong, that was much more than I thought I could do. That makes me very excited to see where my conventional actually is.

My main goal for this meet was just to do better than I did before but honestly, I didn’t know if it was going to happen. It gets increasingly more challenging to increase my total at every single meet. Big PR’s are harder to come by and if a couple of attempts don’t go as planned, it is easy total LESS than my previous best. So, not going backward (on paper) is good. πŸ™‚

It also felt great to make a 400 pull official, even if it was ugly and in my opposite stance.

I felt like I wasn’t able to give this meet the attention that I have been able to give previous meets. Someone always needs my time for something and I feel guilty trying to find time for my own interests. It is odd that somehow I could keep more balls in the air when the kids were babies. People have complimented my numbers for being a mom of 3 training in the basement without a coach or training partners. For this meet, I really felt like ‘you know what, I deserve to feel good about that’.

Meet Report – 820@132 – March 2014

March 30th, 2014 by Laura

I had a stomach flu earlier in the week and couldn’t tolerate any food until Thursday. I was feeling pretty lightheaded and adrenalin was lacking.

Forgot how to squat. Nothing felt right in warmups, I felt loose and lightheaded and my technique wasn’t there. Just doing a triple with the empty bar had me seeing stars. My last warmup of 245 was a good morning grinder.

Opener: 255 Good (using term loosely) Lift
It went but it felt TERRIBLE. With that technique, I might have been good for 5 more pounds tops. What technique was that anyway? Since when do I look at the floor when I squat??? 275 flew earlier this week much faster than this did. I went ahead and put in for a 270 second attempt anyway.

The back spotter told me to square off my hips. I could see that one foot was a good 8 inches in front of the other but couldn’t fix. My hips just weren’t having it on this day.

2nd: 270 Fail
I sat back and got pinned like the good old days. This is not my normal technique AT ALL. Now I am thinking I am going to total less at this meet than my last (previous meet PR was 270). I don’t normally bounce back after a failed squat. I wanted to faint after every attempt, just felt horrible overall.

3rd: 270 Good Lift
Everything came together, this felt like my technique as of late and I bounced out fast, no sticking point. 280 would have gone like this. Maybe 290, too. grrrrrr.

So I tied my previous meet best of 270, which was a disappointment because there was a lot more in there.

If I thought I wanted to faint trying to squat, lying down on a bench and then getting up was much worse. I couldn’t get tight anywhere, just felt loose and relaxed. I was seriously considering lowering my opener.

Opener: 150 Good (again, using term very loosely)
I got on the bench and the bar was like 4 inches from my nose(?!). I had to unrack with arms completely bent 90 degrees. I have never benched a bar out of a rack like that but figured it was too late to say anything. I lost my setup, was all over the place and wobbling, very sloppy. I did ask them to raise the bar for me next time, but this felt really bad and I thought I was doomed.

2nd: 155 Good Lift
It was fine.

3rd: 160 Good Lift
Surprisingly, felt easy. You can see how much shuffling I had to do to setup and avoid the hip, leg drive was uneven and it looks like I might have come off the bench on the right side of my butt and might have got one red for that, not sure, didn’t check. But looks like 160 is my new ‘bad hip’ max.

I was really worried about this. I usually have a lot of adrenalin for deads, and I take a preworkout before they start which normally adds to that. Today I was woozy, no adrenalin, and all the preworkout did was make me keep thinking I had to pee when I really didn’t.

Deadlifts today were not looking like my normal deads. WAY slower. In warmups, I had a grinder with 335 and nearly fainted. I was worried about my OPENER of 355 even going up, nevermind anything beyond that.

Opener: 355
Did not feel great. The world was upside down and there were stars falling around me for sometime after. I honestly thought I was done.

2nd: 380 Good Lift – Grinder
I committed to the lift, either it was going up or I was going to pass out on top of it. I really love grinders but this was the shakiest, stutteriest mess of CNS shock I have ever subjected myself to. It really shouldn’t have happened but somehow it did. I couldn’t believe this went up and just knew nothing else would. 400 was NOT in the cards this day. Put in for 390 and was sure I wouldn’t get it.

Going by how messy 380 was, I was done. Then I realized that I actually really, really want 390.

I felt really empty taking this. Not like emotionally (well, maybe that, too, deadlifts suck the life out of me haha) but physically. I felt really hungry all of a sudden, floaty, and like I had nothing left to give. Whatever that driving thing is that makes you gut through heavy weight was gone. But I still really wanted 390. In all truth, this felt like a gut-wrenching HELL with everything in my body telling me to stop. But it went up, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know I had the capacity to grind through something that came off the floor so slow and started dragging before it even cleared the knee. But I actually feel really good now knowing that I can.

So in summary
Squat: 270 (tied previous meet PR)
Bench: 160 (+5 meet PR)
Deadlift: 390 (+15 meet PR)
Total: 820@132 (+20 total PR)

Meet Report – 800 @ 131.6 – October 2013

October 1st, 2013 by Laura

RPS 17th Annual Power Challenge Boston

My ultimate goal for my 2 year powerlifting anniversary was to break into the 800’s. The more realistic goal I was hoping for was to crack 400 wilks with 790. But with all of the things I ran into at the end of this cycle, I was just going to have fun with it and accept that i would probably total less than my previous best.

I weighed in at 131.6 in clothes.

Opener: 245
All whites. But it felt like crap. Wasn’t totally ready.

2nd attempt: 265
Good lift. Figured I was done since I felt that folding forward fight going on at the top and hip was getting tight.

3rd attempt: 270 (5lb gym PR, 10lb meet PR)
Since I had never had success with 270, I decided that I would give myself the tightest wrap job you ever did see. But my hand slipped while wrapping and I accidentally punched myself in the face. I almost started crying but I think the extra adrenalin helped me focus.

Getting that extra 5 pounds on my squat threw me for a loop. got out the pen and paper, crunched some numbers, and 790/400 wilks looks like it might be a possibility after all!

During my bad pre-meet week, I failed a 150 bench (which i was supposed to triple). But it didn’t stop me from making it my opener. Honestly, if I failed 150 at a meet even on a lousy day at this point, I deserve to bomb. Bench irritates the joint issue I am having more than anything else. Was nervous that I would either bomb out here, or set hip off badly enough that I would have to skip deads.

Opener: 150
Arched but kept leg drive to bare minimum. Easy, good lift.

2nd attempt: 155
Barely made the press command, kind of jumped it a bit. Around now is when I really start needing that drive to a greater extent so was grateful to at least get that lift.

3rd attempt: 160 no lift
I was driving the weight up and felt the joint searing, but still needed some more drive to get to lockout. In a split second made the decision to jump ship and spare the joint. 5 pounds on bench isn’t worth losing 300+ on my pulls. Spotters were ninja-like. When I decided to bail, I bailed out fast, and they caught the bar.

So now I add stuff up again (I was surprised that I even made it that far) and realize that I only have to match my previous best deadlift in order to get my 790/400 wilks score. Slapped on some fresh pain patches, drank a preworkwout thingy and took a baseball to the hip…

Once again, my warmup timing was way off. I warm up very minimally for deads and ended up being done a whopping 30 minutes before my opener.

Opener: 345 ( I think… Now that I think of it it might have been 335 but whatever, it was opener-easy)
Felt like nothing, like I was picking up a pen off the floor.

2nd attempt: 365
Was nervous because my total was riding on it (shooting for 790). It actually felt decent. I thought I might be good for another 5 pounds.

Now, I realize I am SO friggin close to my original fantasy of breaking into the 800’s!! How the heck did that happen?!?? But I failed 375 at my last meet… So do I play it safe, and go for 370 so I at least get some sort of deadlift PR ( and a 795 total). OR, do I just bite the bullet and go for what I really want, 800?

I wanted 800 pretty damned bad so decided, how about I just pull up 375 and succeed if it kills me. Problem solved, haha. Bundle of nerves though!

3rd attempt: 375 (10lb PR)
EASY! I got psyched up for this big, slow, grinding, gut wrenching pull. I think I got so fired up anticipating that, that the weight went up without much struggle.

I ended up with:

270 squat, 155 bench and 375 deadlift for an 800 total.

I am in disbelief that 800 actually happened, but very happy of course.

My first meet with RPS 2 Octobers ago, was 555@142.
Squat: 175, Bench: 115, Deadlift 265
Over a 2 year period, I gained 245lbs on my total and lost 10 pounds in body weight.

Sidenote, i am pleased that I didn’t have to condemn my socks. I am usually a very boring dresser at meets but I got socks to represent my roots. They say ‘one love’ (for JA). If I sucked at that meet, the socks would be condemned, but now I can enjoy them without feeling like they are cursed.

Meet Report – 780@132 – July 2013

July 1st, 2013 by Laura

5 Pound Weight Cut From Hell

Had my meet today but I have to first post about the harrowing weight cutting experience I had yesterday. This is embarrassing because some women lose 10+ pounds… And I went through all if this to lose just 5. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t happening on this day.

My weight to start was around 137. In my first weight cut test, I had cut from 140 no problem.

Did the water load and that had me at 134.5. I went back and forth between treadmill and sweltering attic in the garbage bags and sweats for hours, losing like .1 every 20 minutes. Finally, at 5:30 I’m still .5lbs over, I’m drained to the point I can’t even speak. I was so close to quitting, was on autopilot, just forcing myself through it again and again, seemed like it would never happen, then finally made weight at 132.2 ( I think 132.3 is the cutoff) at 6:30PM (weigh ins were till 7:30).

I drove like grandma on the way there so I’m sure its my own damn fault that I got rear ended! I call my husband and you’d think he’d be like ‘wtf did you do to the car’ but his only inquisition is ‘omg are you going to make weigh in??’ lol. I got there late but they were there thank goodness.

Luckily, it was a female doing the weigh in. I weighed in in shorts/t-shirt at 134. I knew stripping down wasn’t going to give me 2 pounds, did anyway, and 133.4. I wanted to cry. The girl there was so nice, she’s like ‘did you bring your running shoes?’. I did, I always do, but I was so out of it I grabbed my matflexes! Awesome arch support (not). I didn’t think I had an ounce of fight left in me. I wanted to badly to tell her I couldn’t do it, there was nothing left. But I laced up, threw on a hoodie, and hit the road with a heavy heart, I didn’t think it was going to happen.

I am not conditioned for any sort of running, but I ran as best I could for 20 minutes, I was so dead my hands were banging into my feet, starving, wanted to drink the puddles. I was sure it wasn’t enough, but I dragged myself back in, stripped down, stepped on the scale and made it at 132 on the dot.

Now it is like 8:30PM, I down pedialyte and start popping sushi in the car. The first bite I take, my throat and roof of my mouth instantly swell up and I can’t swallow. Allergic reaction?! This happens with kiwi, not sure why it is happening now. I can’t swallow, but no asphyxiation (so far) so we’re good. Well, not good, but alive.

By the time I got home, I could not stomach any food. Husband was trying to force feed me sweet potatoes but I literally couldn’t eat it, just chewing the food, not swallowing and trying not to barf. He was pouring gatorade in me like rocky, and my calves started cramping like labor pains, then my shins. My foot couldn’t get out of this mangled position, and stomach was cramping so I couldn’t stand up straight. He alternated ice and heat on my shins and tried rotating my ankles for me, every muscle was now seizing up. Then I got really nauseuos and barfed up all the liquid I just worked so hard to put down.

At night, I had to get up to pee every few minutes, and when I did, everything felt VERY heavy, and out of touch. I was slamming into walls and stomping though I didn’t mean to. At this point, I was thinking of withdrawing from the meet.

In the early morning, I drank another gallon, forced down a small meal, foam rolled (cramps were gone but VERY stiff, and I had shinsplints) and took some empty bar/ broomstick squats – which was a very good idea. My beginning squats were so horrid, I don’t think I would have been able to work through that there.

Meet Report – APA

1st attempt: 225
Felt very light, as did all of the warm-ups. I have a bad habit of getting nervous and rushing my setup, and as part of that, losing all lat tightness. Squat goal for this meet was to learn how to channel the nerves into lat tightness, and it went great

2nd attempt: 245
also felt like nothing. I wrapped my own knees for the meet and it was a good move, it helped with some of the nervous (potentially spastic) energy.

3rd attempt: 260 (20lb Meet PR)
My technique was way off, I kind of rushed it and over-corrected my usual failure point by pushing backward more than I needed to, but it went up ok.
This matched my gym best. After the night I had, I wasn’t into going for a PR-PR.

Due to a truncated training cycle, i thought my bench was going to be in worse shape than it actually was.

Opener: 150
Smooth sailing

2nd Attempt: 155
Super Easy

3rd Attempt: 160 MISS
I don’t know what the heck got into me. It was going up just fine, not hard at all, but in the top 2/3, I decided to shoot the bar way over my stomach. It would have been fine and was going up so easy, I don’t know why I did that. Still ok with it though because I know 160+ would be fine had I not been stuck on stupid

Opener: 335
A bit of cns shock as always. No matter what my opener is, it always looks and feels terrible.

2nd attempt: 365 (5lb meet PR)
I was a little nervous because I look forward to the whippy bar at meets, and from what I understood, this was just a regular bar. Still went up though.

3rd attempt: 375 (miss)
By this point, I was DONE. I could feel it. I’ve been fiddlef*king around on my squat for so long, I’ve never had to account for actually being tired from it. Between that and the previous 365 pull, and the food/hydration issues, there was just nothing left to give. I did zero mental prep. Walked over to the bar thinking ‘what in the flipping hell am I doing back here again?’ It barely left the floor.

Total: 780@132. I am actually the most proud of this total than any of my other meets. Not because the total is higher, but because between weigh-ins, the horrible night before, and how I felt meet day, there were so many times I just wanted to quit. And if I actually wasn’t able to make weight and had to compete in the 148’s, it still would have been an elite total for the 148’s. Considering that my first meet, almost 2 years ago, I totaled 555 @ 148, that’s progress. That is a 225lb gain so far, at a lighter bodyweight.

A friend had posted this earlier in the week and it was just the thing to get through the water cut:

Meet Report – 720@132 – March 2013

March 1st, 2013 by Laura

I did the SPF meet 1 week prior to this and it all seemed a good idea at the time, but I will not be doing 2 meets in a row again. Weight was 131.2.

I woke up on one of those days where if it were a training day, I would have skipped it and said ‘gee, I could use a week or two of rest’. I was tired, very docile, in a fog, painfully knotted up trap, etc. Additionally, felt hungry but every food I looked at was making me nauseous. And, the thought of a loaded barbell made me cringe.

Last week’s goal was an elite total which I hit with 750. This week’s goal was to take some chances, so I knew that I stood a pretty good chance of walking away with a much smaller total today. The only lift that I did NOT want to miss was a 360 dead (which I missed last RPS meet).

Opener: 210
My core was asleep. It went up, but I realized that in taking a week off, I totally forgot how to squat. I really should have done some training this week, I am not at a level where I can take a week of squat/ bench and expect to deliver on meet day

2nd attempt: 240 bad
Big risk, never made a jump that big. I had a feeling it wouldn’t go, I felt so docile. Got pinned just like the good old days lol. mildly upset but too tired to pull it together and do anything about it. I also decided that right then would be a great time to try just using the monolift as is instead of walking it out (bad idea!!)

3rd attempt: 240 bad
why bother, lol. same deal as previous.

Opener: 140

2nd attempt: 150
I felt the magical spirit of Smolov leave me around Thursday. Did not have much hope beyond this. Also, wanted to sleep on the bench.

3rd:160 Bad
There was my big risk, I didn’t even grip the bar right, brought it down to the chest and there it lay. Gym PR is 158 so you’d think 160 would go SOMEPLACE, but not on this day.

Prior to deadlift, I ran around outside in the cold, went to my car and snapped an elastic on my arm till the blood came to the surface, smacked myself in the face a dozen or so times, went to the bathroom and put cold water down the back of my neck, desperate to wake the heck up.

A friend gave me Jacked 3d and 10 minutes later felt some life.

Opener: 325

2nd: 345

3rd: 360!
Was SO nervous for that 360 – that was really the main thing I wanted out of the day.

The deadlift made up for the rest of the day, vid below

I’m embarrassed even posting the full meet, but here in case anyone likes to watch disaster:

All in all 210 squat, 150 bench, 360 deadlift, 720 total. I think I did a great job of peaking for last weekend’s meet and I was physically and mentally shot today.

But in retrospect, I actually feel pretty good because I still totaled RPS Pro. And this was a total sh*t show of a lifting day so if I can get a pro total under those circumstances, I kind of feel validated that I actually deserve to be in that division now. So now I have to compete in Pro for any further RPS meets so I’d better do something with that squat if I don’t want to look like a total idiot haha.

Meet Report – 750@132 – 1st Elite Total

March 1st, 2013 by Laura

Proudly hit my first elite total today (750 at 132). 9 for 9, got all my lifts.

Opener: 210

I did a horrendous job warming up and being cognizant of time. They had a rack and a monolift for people to warm up on, but the monolift was really busy. The other rack had a handful of crossfitters using it (SPF has a crossfit division). I had warmed up to just 65 and they said that 5 minutes was left! So I moved to the crossfitters rack (I walk it out anyway) but they had the rack height set up seriously at eye-level. I don’t know how they were doing it, most of them were my height or shorter.

I didn’t want to be a pain in the butt and make them change everything so I tried to work with it, but really it was that working out, I had to unrack on my tippie toes. Finally it looked like they were done, one of them helped me adjust the height, and I quickly rapid fired 155, 175 and 205 and immediately ran because I was on deck! I didn’t get a chance to wrap or anything, I was hyperventilating, my ‘squat’ looked like crap (good morning) but some how still went up.

2nd attempt: 225 fine.

3rd: 240
My friend let me borrow his strangulators and my other friend wrapped me. My own wraps and wrap job are toilet paper by comparison. Definitely was not a max, so I will go higher at the other meet next week.

3 months ago my squat was a hit or miss 185. I put 55lbs on my squat (maybe more!) in 3 months, so was pretty happy.

Opener: 140
Had to make numerous adjustments to the bench. In order to reach the bar, my head had to be COMPLETELY off the bench. I did not want a lift off, because I don’t use one at home and sometimes have issues fully activating my lats if I don’t unrack it myself. I had them lower the bar height but it didn’t help. But since I could not reach the bar (???), I had to have a handoff. It went up, but uncomfortable. Luckily, the guy who went after me was also unable to reach the bar as well and they swapped the bench out.

2nd attempt: 150 (1st take miss for tech issue, 2nd take fine)
So tech glitch #2 (there must be some aura about me that causes these things haha) This time, as I started my leg drive on my bench, the earth shook and caused me to throw the weight forward a bit, felt like I was on a boat or something, and missed. Turns out, the bench was not balanced and the whole bench shifted a couple of inches and caused me to sway. They put a pad under the crooked footing and 2nd take was fine.

3rd: 155
Was not a PR, I didn’t go for one because a new issue popped up on bench for me when I get near my max, where I overload my delts to come off the chest. Didn’t want to risk damaging my shoulder for next week by wrestling the weight like that. I will work on that this week, hopefully can fix before next meet. Went up but not at all proud of technique. 5lb Meet PR anyway.

Opener: 325

2nd attempt: 345
also ok

3rd: 355
2lb PR BUT at 10lbs lighter in bodyweight

So the result
240 Squat, 155 Bench, 355 Deadlift, 750 total @ 132

Meet Report – Push/ Pull – December 2012

December 1st, 2012 by Laura

Weighed in at 141.

Opener: 130
2nd attempt: 135
3rd attempt: 140 MISS
I knew it was bad the second I unracked. Had bar too far out in front on the descent, went waaay slow as I neared the chest, resisting the weight and using up all my energy by the time I was at the bottom of the lift.

Ended up with 15 pounds under my own bench record.

Plan was to open a little lighter than usual and try to limit my lifts in the upper range to avoid exhaustion.

Opener: 320

2nd attempt: 340 – NOT COUNTED – misload! I grabbed the bar and one side was coming up ok, the other, was not, bar was TOTALLY crooked. My trap was straining, I guess it looked pretty awful to because one girl there was massaging my trap for me after like ‘omg are you alright? that looked rough!’ I locked out the side I could but the other side didn’t make it and I dropped the bar. I felt like crap for not only failing the lift, but letting the bar drop like that.

Thought I had grabbed the bar crooked or something, went back over to see if I could still put in for 350 next, but they realized that the weight was misloaded. So they would allow me to retake it whenever i felt ready.

Appreciated that, but there went my plan of limiting my lifts on the upper end!

2nd attempt retake: 340 – smooth as silk

At this point I figure I’ve given all I had. Downed pretty much a jar of peanut butter and then:

3rd attempt: 353

Shaky, but it went up!!! Was SO excited!!

So ended up with:
Push Pull Total: 488
Best Overall Lifter – Female. I even got cash, yo!!

Feeling pretty happy to close out the year with that dead

Meet Report – Push/ Pull – October 2012

October 1st, 2012 by Laura

My 3rd RPS meet, 4th meet overall. I weighed in at 142 or 143, can’t remember

Opener: 130 – easy, 3 whites

2nd attempt: 140
small glitch, I hit the rack when unracking (geez thought I only did this crap at home) and lost my shoulder set up. Still felt easy (8lb meet PR). 3 whites.

3rd attempt: 150 an 18 pound meet PR
3 whites. Tied their record

In the vid it looks like my butt was off the bench from that angle but it wasn’t. I have a very ample backside so there was still plenty on the bench haha. I felt 100% better benching at this meet than I have in the past. I was wanting more at the end of this and feel poised for some good benching in the future.

Opener: 325
3 whites but Utter crap! I felt shaky, shaking to the point I thought they would think I was hitching, got lightheaded in the middle of the lift, and felt weak. Was really questioning my next move of 345. Honestly thought I had no shot. I also shot my hips up as my upper half just wasn’t moving with the weight.

2nd attempt: 345, A 4 lb meet PR
3 whites
Oddly, felt WAY easier than 325.

3rd attempt: 360 (fail) – An infuriating miss at the end!
Normally, if a deadlift gets off the ground at all for me, it is going up. This one came up allll the way to what I thought was my STRONG point – shooting the hips through, but when I got there I just had nothing left to give. I have NEVER been stuck at lockout before.

I guess it is time for me to come out of my comfort zone on this lift because I am MAD at this 360 now!

All in all, a great meet. But I have a serious bone to pick with 360 for next time.

Push/Pull Total : 495

Meet Report – Push/ Pull – July 2012

July 1st, 2012 by Laura

Powerlifting Meet Report/ Vids – 341 lb deadlift PR

I was desperate to hit a PR AT a meet, which I have never done. And I wanted to take risks instead of playing it safe. So that was the goal this meet.


Opener: 125 was ok. just ok.

2nd attempt” I *think* was 132. I was nervous and could not figure out the kilo conversion chart at the time. need to calm the heck down haha.. Felt pretty spastic, was warned about getting too excited and jumping before the commands. 3 whites though.

3rd attempt: 141 pounds. Miss. My setup not great, I totally relaxed at the bottom so it might as well have been a pin press – bar didn’t go anywhere.

141 would have been a PR, so no risk taking or PR in bench today.


Opener: 300 – Good.

2nd attempt: 325 good lift. I got my first PR! Here’s how that went:

3rd attempt: 341 A friend insisted on 340 next and I thought he was nuts. But , I already got 325 so I beat last meet’s total and got more than what I had set out for. So what’s the difference if I try 330 or 340. It’s going up or its not… When I requested 341 I felt like I was going to puke (and it was 341 because I am awesome at figuring out kilos haha). But… here’s how it went

Meet Report – Push/ Pull – April 2012

April 1st, 2012 by Laura

Had knee surgery 6 weeks ago so did a push/ pull (no squat). Weighed in at 136 (148 class).


Opener: 115. Attempted to start lift before spotter fully handed off bar so I sort of wrestled it out of his hands, lost my arch, bar was totally crooked and I felt like I wanted to fall right off the bench…. really smooth move overall (jk). 2 white lights though (good lift). but off to a somewhat shaky start.

2nd attempt: 120. Easy peasy – but in my satisfaction, racked it before the command! (grrrr) 2 red lights for that. bad lift.

3rd lift: 125. Super easy, if my 2nd lift wasn’t a flop and I might have had the confidence to try a little more weight here. 3 whites, good lift. Phew!


Opener: 265. My bad knee buckled a little in warmups. But the 265 opener was easy.

2nd lift: 285. Super easy.

3rd lift: 300. Felt like nothing.

I am new to conventional pulling (no more sumo for a while with knee) so wasn’t fully confident in my dead. Was only going to do 290 but my friends convinced me that 300 had a nicer ring to it. Grateful to have that sort of encouragement.

My previous conventional 300 attempts at home were verrry slow to leave the ground. I psych myself out looking at the bar. The 100lb plates, my mind registers them as 45’s. Whereas at home, I need to load the barbell to the ends with all my plates and bumpers and just looking at it is exhausting. It’s all mental I guess.

Push/ Pull Total: 425

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