2016 was a year that I wanted to challenge myself. Try and push myself out of my comfort zone as opposed to playing it safe! Over the last 4 years I’ve gradually got reasonable strong by default; by being consistent. I train hard, get results; but never really set myself outlandish goals!
I love learning, and as a Health Coach and PT myself – my development as a role model, coach, and trainer, only benefits when I soak up more knowledge. This competition was for me – I needed to remember that feeling of being uncomfortable, blowing my own mind again. Letting in some goals that quite frankly I wasn’t sure I’d make!
For this kind of goal you need an expert to guide you along the way! From the minute I met Jez I knew we were going to build a really amazing relationship. I still had a ‘way’ I liked doing things and he accommodated to that with ease. After our first session I think Jez knew more about my abilities than I did. Together with some awesome programming we chipped away at 9 weeks of training to lead up to my first Powerlifting Competition; something I honestly didn’t see coming, however I knew was out of my comfort zone on so many levels and I was ready to put myself to the test.
At week 3, I had a minor setback of strains and referred pain from my forearm which honestly made almost every big lift a struggle because of mobility. I was convinced I wasn’t going to get to where I wanted, but Jez altered everything he could and between that and some wonderful work from a physio and my massage therapist we went into the final week feeling pretty good!
When I stated with Jez I had never got the hang of low bar squats and I only just busted a 100kg high bar squat that felt like 10 tonne! My bench wasn’t too exciting – I’d hardly practised it consistently so I think 40kg was my start point. Conventional deadlift was my baby but after a lower back injury late 2015 it took me half of 2016 to build it back and to be honest, I was scared it would never be the same. From 130kg feeling great in 2015, I had only got back to 110kg before October 2016.