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949: USAPL Meet Recap: Smart Choices & Good Lifts

949: USAPL Meet Recap: Smart Choices & Good Lifts

A few weeks ago I competed at my second USAPL meet at Gleason Performance in CT. (Technically, it was my fourth meet overall, but the other two were here in Bangkok with Thailand Powerlifting Alliance.) I absolutely love competing! It is so much fun to test out what I can do under competition conditions, and to have goals to work towards. Having the record of specific dates when I hit new PRs, and building on those numbers several times a…

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Lighter & Stronger: My First #USAPL Powerlifting Comp

Lighter & Stronger: My First #USAPL Powerlifting Comp

It’s taken me AGES to write this recap, but I’ve been inspired by #usapl Raw Nationals this weekend to finally get my act together! This past July, I competed in my first USAPL powerlifting competition. My only previous comp was the first official full powerlifting meet here in Bangkok, so I was super excited to see how a well-established competition would run. It was awesome! Here are my highlights: Weight & Weights: -10kg off my body +10kg on my total One…

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Level UP: Getting Strong and Lean (on a Vegan Diet)

Level UP: Getting Strong and Lean (on a Vegan Diet)

I always used to think that you can’t lose weight and get stronger at the same time. I was wrong In the last four months I’ve lost almost 8kg (I went from 65/143lbs to 57kg/125lbs at 160cm/5’3″) and made major strength gains in my squat and deadlift, as well as bodyweight work like pull-ups and pistol squats, while maintaining strength in bench (always my weakest lift). How did I do it? Actually it wasn’t too complicated. I basically made four…

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Am I a real powerlifter now?

Am I a real powerlifter now?

I did it! Yesterday was my first powerlifting meet and it was awesome! I’ve been training for this meet specifically for the last 13 weeks, with a program written for me by my coach, Ten, based on the Juggernaut peaking program, and yesterday was the culmination of all that work. From the beginning of this training block (in October) here’s how I did (and I’m talking competition legal lifts here, not partial squats): My squat went from 70kg to 90kg…

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why powerlifting?

why powerlifting?

I signed up for my first powerlifting competition this week, which just so happens to be the first ever powerlifting competition in Thailand too! (Yes, I’m probably going to repeat that ad nauseam for a while…) I am both super excited and also scared. How did I become a person who signs up for competitions based on feats of strength? Side note: for those who are not familiar with powerlifting, it is a form of strength training that focuses on three…

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