So as some of you may have gleaned from one of my latest Facebook photos (the first photo in a loooong time on the Bikini Mimi page!), I’m gearing up for another fitness-related competition. More accurately, it’s a “meet.” Any guesses?
Well, dearest reader, I’m happy to announce that I am going to be competing in a POWERLIFTING meet next month!
(For those who don’t know, powerlifting involves three lifts—the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift—and the winner of a meet is the person in each weight class who lifts the heaviest of all three lifts combined.)
I know this might come as a bit of a surprise to some of you, but I’ve actually been really interested in powerlifting for quite some time now (I mean, Layne Norton was my bikini coach!). Years ago, after my first competition, I sniffed around for some powerlifting coaching, but when I didn’t find quite what I was looking for, I resigned myself to my comfortable, predictable hypertrophy training. *YAWN*
With this interest still burning inside of me, a few months ago, I took a peek at the Alberta Powerlifting Union website and found out that a meet was going to be held in a few weeks. Well, if I couldn’t compete with them, at least I could watch, right? When I wrote an e-mail to the host of the meet inquiring about tickets (FYI, there are none; spectating is free!), I immediately received a reply, which also mentioned that he offered powerlifting coaching. Would I want to come by next week to check out the facility and meet him?
And just like that, I fell into the sport I had been dreaming about for years. Coincidentally, there happened to be another fall show at the same gym eight weeks after my training started. Eight weeks to prep for my first meet? I never did like to take things slowly…or half assed.
So I’ve been training my butt…well, I’d say “off,” but I’ve actually gained an inch on my hips and lost an inch on my waist since I’ve started training (what is this sorcery?). But I’ve been training hard, and it’s showing in my lifts. I’ve added forty pounds to both my bench press and deadlift, and my squat is currently fifty pounds up from where I started. Obviously, this is due to the fact that I’m a beginner (and my starting weights were a little pathetic), but I’m happy with where I’ve come so far!
So if anyone’s in Edmonton for the Evolve Fall Classic on October 17, feel free to pop by and give me a cheer! I’m considering experimenting with Periscope for the big day, so if anyone wants to follow along, I’ll update there too!