I've always been much more interested in strength gains, in being strong, in outlifting the guy next to me, than in looking good or maintaining a low bodyfat %.
I'm shy by nature (hard to believe, right?) My husband and family barely ever see me in a bikini, and truth be told I cannot imagine spending several minutes on stage in one, in front of and being judged by hundreds of people.
I've always had abnormally and disproportionately strong legs; even in high school when I was extremely unathletic, I was pegged and recruited for the shot-put team and my basketball coaches always called me "thunder thighs."
And when I finally started to look into the logistics of training as a powerlifter, I was breathlessly excited. Adrenaline surged; my heart was fluttering.
And that's when I knew.
I am a powerlifter.
I'm not sure exactly when I'll be participating in my first meet. I would like to give myself about 9-12 months to train in a powerlifting format so that I can seriously do some damage and maybe look at placing high in my class, but I'd also like to just experience a meet first so I'm a little familiar with the atmosphere, etc. So there is the possibility that I will compete at the end of my 13-week Sheiko (deadlifting, benching, and squatting very heavy 3x/week) training plan just to 'get a feel.' (And yes I will keep you updated. Florida bloggies, I fully expect you all to show up and cheer me on. I'll even make a t-shirt. KIDDING. But really.......)
Things that will be staying the same?
I will continue to follow a LeanGains approach to eating. Work is super busy during the day and I prefer eating this way now anyway. I'll keep my dietary fat intake high to help lube up those joints. I'll continue eating about 2000-2200 calories a day and maintain my weight about where it's at for now, although I will probably diet down a little bit to get in the 132 weight class when I compete.
|What can I say? I like my nice big meals!|
Instead of lifting relatively heavy (6-8 rep range) five times a week, I'll now be lifting VERY heavy (1-4 rep range) 3x a week with one day of 6-8 rep range lifting to bring up body parts that are neglected by this training split (upper back, medial delts, and biceps). I'll be doing HIIT for about 30 minutes 1-2x a week as cardio conditioning.
And really, that's about it. Bodybuilding and powerlifting, while very different, are what I'd consider cousin-sports: they are not interchangeable, but quite similar. (Would anyone like to see a post on the differences?)
I am really, really, REALLY excited. I feel really positive and enthusiastic about these changes and I am literally chomping the bit, ready and rarin' to go!