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CuddlesIcon...14-04-2008 @ 12:57 
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Looks like another good comp! Nice work.
FruitbatIcon...15-04-2008 @ 13:46 
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This Sunday I will be competing in Cheltenham at the Wales vs SW counties comp. So today I reluctantly donned equipment for the first time since December. I hate that stuff - even when everything is far too big for me because of my weight loss. The squat suit is barely any support at all and same goes for the bench shirt. Knee wraps are probably the most help. Anyway can hope for 90kg+ on squats, 55kg on bench and then whatever I can DL raw - maybe go for 130 or 132.5 this Sunday.
RickIcon...15-04-2008 @ 19:40 
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Good luck! I hope you're back posting here for good now.
FruitbatIcon...21-04-2008 @ 02:09 
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Competed at SW counties vs Wales comp on Sunday 20th in Cheltenham. My inexperience with the gear, my lack of confidence, and the fact that my gear is too big were blatently clear but was good experience and also showed me how far I have to go yet and also was good to see there is more in the tank than I thought even with my gear which is all far too big for me.

Squat: 80,90 (1 red light), 100 (1 red light) all pretty easy
Bench : 50, 55 (not a nice rep), 57.5 (was too easy, 60 was there easy as I got the form right on this one)
Deadlift (raw): 125kg and then I passed on my 2 other lifts and legged it to the station to get back home on the impossibly unfriendly trains.

Girl in the same category outlifted me by about 20kg on squats, 5 kg with more in the tank on bench and I have no idea what she did on DLs but she opened on 110kg. Girl in much lower weight classes were matching or outstripping my lifts by far. Novice lifters (juniors) in higher weight categories were lifting only a litttle less than I did at the NW Equipped last December and weighed in at pretty much the same as I did then.

Thinking about the Welsh Champs on the 11th May now but otherwise will just trin for the British champs both equipped and unequipped.
MattGriffIcon...21-04-2008 @ 11:34 
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Fruitbat said:


Girl in the same category outlifted me by about 20kg on squats, 5 kg with more in the tank on bench and I have no idea what she did on DLs but she opened on 110kg. Girl in much lower weight classes were matching or outstripping my lifts by far. Novice lifters (juniors) in higher weight categories were lifting only a litttle less than I did at the NW Equipped last December and weighed in at pretty much the same as I did then.



Don't concern yourself with such things at the moment, jsut work with what you have got and get used to the kit and the difference it makes and it will all come together with time. Your up on the platform lifting, thats what counts! Grin
FruitbatIcon...25-04-2008 @ 13:53 
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Platform experience, the movitation of competition and enjoyment are my top priorities. I am still very much a novice in the sport and a baby of the sport and of course enjoyment is always the most important thing. Starting to enjoy training again Grin

With respect to my gear being too big - Wales squad coach has offered me tighter equipment for the British on loan Grin He recommends I stay in the 60kg weight class for now which means in training have a BW around 61-62kg and then cut down for the comps. He is also sending me a training programme he has used previously with great success when there is a short buildup to a comp. I aim to comepte in the Welsh comp 11th May and then Equipped British in June. So today he had me doing:

Squats
Warmup 3xbar, 3x40kg
6x3x50kg with a long pause at the bottom - these were supposed to be box squats but no setup for it in my gym. I did the last 2 sets with 60kg but no pause as I was knackered by the end of the frouth paused set

Deadlifts
Warmup 2x60kg
8x2x90kg fast deads with a 2s pause at the top. He had told me to do 70% of my max which is currently somewhere around 130kg so that worked out at about 91kg so just did 90kg for convenience. Only allowed 2min pause between sets

Speedbench- 1min between sets
10x3x40kg. This was a bit heavier than he had told me as he had said 50% of my max - but 40kg is a really good working weight for me. Was awesome workout

50 situps


Swim 60lengths

Will be going for a *short* run tonight.
FruitbatIcon...12-05-2008 @ 12:23 
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Welsh Champs - Swansea

Squats equipped
95kg easy
102.5kg easy
110kg - shouldering it felt heavy but the actual lift was the deepest of them all and didnt feel too heavy though it wasnt explosive.

Benchpress equipped
55kg easy
60kg easy
65kg failed - triceps not strong enough

Deadlifts - unequipped
125kg challenge
130kg tough
135 slightly hitched but passed. PB of 2008.

BW 59.75kg
Total 305kg

In context though: my UNEQUIPPED U23 67.5kg best total was 310 with more in the bag and my equipped best in Decemeber when I was already weaker than I should have been was something around 350kg.... so lots of room for improvement.
RickIcon...12-05-2008 @ 21:15 
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Still well done though!
MattGriffIcon...12-05-2008 @ 23:25 
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Nice lifting, how are you finding the equipment?
jimblanchflowerIcon...12-05-2008 @ 23:34 
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The numbers look pretty good considering. Work smart and be patient when you need to be. Remember that any PB has to relate to the weight class in which it is set.
FruitbatIcon...15-05-2008 @ 16:23 
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patience is indeed something I dont have a lot of but I am pleased with the progress in view of the fact that my training isnt what it should be at all!!!!!
MattGriffIcon...15-05-2008 @ 16:31 
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Fruitbat said:
I am pleased with the progress in view of the fact that my training isnt what it should be at all!!!!!


Thatís a positive way to view it, nobody can expect to be hitting new total PB's etc and so on when coming back into it after a break for any reason, they will come with time.
MattGriffIcon...17-05-2008 @ 23:04 
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I think Jordie is trying to get in touch, or sent you a message on facebook or somthing.
FruitbatIcon...23-11-2008 @ 20:39 
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hmm not been on the board for simply ages. Been starting to play with the weights again since my apendicectomy but i am as weak as a newborn baby (well probably a bit stronger...)

Anyway might start posting a log in a few weeks if i keep up my training...
AdamIcon...24-11-2008 @ 12:48 
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Good luck with the recovery FB. Any plans to start competing again?

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