There is a reason I chose Powerlifting as my main sport. Well ok, 2 reasons:
Squats and Deadlifts.
I. LOVE. THEM.
I was in a really bad car accident almost 14 years ago. Because of that accident, my body and the way its structured drastically changed. My quads are super over developed aka THEY STRONG! My hamstrings aren't quite as developed as they should be (which I work on weekly) but my quads will over compensate on both of those movements.
If I could just do a meet with those 2 lifts, I would be set! But SON OF A BENCH!
Out of the 3, bench is my weakness. Before I started powerlifting, my first love was weightlifting. It however, did not love me back. After over extending my shoulder during a snatch one day, I was left with what I am fairly certain is a torn labrum.
I have so much trouble with any movements where the bar has to go over my head. Bench is no exception. When I watch videos, its pretty obvious that my shoulders and their strength are not equal.
Anyone else feel like they have to give themselves a pep talk before lifting?
I feel this way every Monday. Because on Mondays, we bench.
I can't tell you how many times I have walked away with tears in my eyes because of the defeat I feel with this movement. Its also probably why you will rarely, if ever, see a video of me benching ;)
I started my powerlifting journey 10 weeks ago.
At that time, my bench for a 1 rep max was 140#
You can see here that it was not pretty. Im certain I bounced it off my boobs (what else are they there for ha!) and you can tell I had some major issues with my shoulders.
You can critique it. Its ok, it won't hurt my feelings.
Over the last 10 weeks, Justin has been working with me to help gain strength in my shoulder. He has programmed isolated movements and lots of single arm dumb bell work.
This week, I benched that 140# again.
But for 5.
With a pause.
TAKE THAT SHOULDER. BOOOOYAAAAHHHHH!
After that, I figured it was time to make it official.
I signed up for my first powerlifting meet! I will be lifting at the 3rd Annual Eastern TN Powerlifting Classic on May 20th.
9 weeks out! #Mettsdothis
For programming information, you can contact Justin here or find him on Instagram @justinmetts