Squat fail from junior nationals 162.5kg, I was extremely disappointed with this as I knew I had more than enough strength for this weight.
I remember unracking it and it feeling weightless gives me goose bumps thinking about it. Love this sport so much❤❤❤ However, something happened a few degrees out of the hole and that is I go on to my toes so much that i get pitched forward and the bar begins to have more leverage than I do and I just fall forward. In the video provided you can see my heels and how much they come off the floor!! Scary!! Massive thanks to the spotters here!! This is an issue that I have had my entire lifting career and I am determined to over come it. Unfortunately it's not a flexibility issue, it's a structural issue where my ankle joint sit more forwards and restricts dorsi flexion. I am now experimenting with a tiny bit wider stance after changing to narrower earlier this year which has been massively beneficial to my hip and back health. The idea of the wider stance being to try and get my knees open more and keep my heels on the floor. Video provided also; with new stance (high bar) from yesturday 110kg for multiple sets of 8 really focusing on this new queing.
If anyone has any suggestions/ thoughts/ comments on this or even have a similar issue please comment or PM me to have a further discussion.
So a few people who I have spoken to will know I am very disappointed with my performance over the weekend at the national junior championships. I had many goals and aspirations for this competition and unfortunatley was unable to actualise some of them. Of course I am ecstatic that I retained my British title against some fantastic talented competition. I just can't help but feel disappointed by not displaying to myself the true progress I have made.
I came into this comp feeling the healthiest, and strongest I have ever felt in my lifting career which was evident from the session I had a week out from competition where I gained an easy 407kg training total consisting of a 156kg SQUAT, 90kg BENCH and 161KG DEADLIFT. But unfortunately this does not always transpire to the platform.
I know there was some adversity through out the day where some stressful situations did arise for everyone. There were mistakes made from my end which I hold myself 100% accountable for and will cover in a separate video/post along with the competition videos. These mistakes show where I can improve in multiple areas which is always a positive to take away for any athlete to get better improve and come back fighting!! Ultimately it's ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and keep pushing to improve. But it's also important to enjoy the positives and the achievements even if it didn't go exactly how you planned.
I have recently experienced a muscle spasm in my erectors fortunately nothing I havnt experiences before, 😀😀😀 cant thank @adam_uclan_physio enough for being an awesome and understanding physio; such a knowledgable and professional practitioner and wonderful person! Thank you so much for everything. If you are in and around the Preston area I couldn't recommend him enough!! First time trying kinesiology tape and actually feel very impressed. From my current understanding, the contact of the tape allows the muscle to feel supported with the aim of telling the brain to stop being over protective and reduce the tone to the muscle. It is so important to my training to attend physio sessions weekly due to how temperamental my back can sometimes be but also to just maintain muscular and joint health.
Another massive thank you to @rhayes_lifeandlifting for, as always, being an amazing coach and helping me recover and adapt sessions to still get the best possible performance in a safe intelligent way. I feel exceptionally grateful and privileged to have such a great team around me.
Had to be intelligent with my training whilst perfoming a bench session (video provided) This was supposed to be comp bench but instead performed feet up instead. Still achieved the numbers I needed to hit which were 5x7 @66kg.
Heat, foam rolling and stretching are my best friends right now performing all of them every 1-2 hours, even while at work. 💪💪 #lifeandlifting#menandwomenwholift#strengthathlete#powerlifting#onlinecoaching#championsmind#squat#deadlift#benchpress#olympiclifting#keepmovingforward#uclanstrengthandconditioing#uclanphysio#northwestpowerlifting#Ipf#SBD
5 year transformation!! The picture from 2012 was taken not long after I started olympic lifting. 18 months on I was about to embark on the road to rio, getting invited to the development squads. Unfortunately I had to take myself away and reevaluate as I had developed a considerable and constant pain in my back along with multiple other dysfunctions linked to my lordosis as seen in the 2012 picture. I also learnt I had developed chronic fatigue syndrome accompanying chronic tightness through my body.
5 years on and I couldn't be happier with the progress, it has been a difficult journey filled with many emotions. Trial and error for different rehab methods, stretching routines, exercise routines and just simply a shear amount of grit, determination and passion to get where I am today. The journey still continues in the same vain where there is still plenty more to improve on, but a turning point for me happened very recently... I accepted that I may always be in some form of back pain, thus I stopped fighting the pain and started to work with it.
A massive thank you to some very important people who have helped me along the way including @kbteducation and @uclanphysio@adam_uclan_physio. Most importantly one big massive thank you to @rhayes_lifeandlifting the amazing coach, unbelievably wonderful boyfriend and just a dedicated phenomenal human being. This man has stuck by my side on the very high' s and the extreme lows and oh there has been a few!! Thank you for pushing me to face the challenges and embrace the changes to aid in me becoming the best version of my self. I LOVE YOU!!! #lifeandlifting#powerlifting#determination#passion#lordosischallenges#mentaandphysicalstrength#commitment#progress#onlinecoaching#championsmind#squat#deadlift#benchpress#olympiclifting#keepmovingforward#uclanstrengthandconditioing#uclanphysio#northwestpowerlifting#Ipf#SBD