11 hours ago
RPS FALL BRAWL 2...what a great meet! I have tons of takeaways from this meet I will post about in the future. But first, congratulations to @weird.al.frankovic and @yessie_mart for performing so well. I was happy to handle them both today. I was also honored to lend a hand to a fellow lifter when needed, wrap a knee when needed, load a plate when needed, and support when needed. I’m happy to give back to the sport that’s given so much to me. It was great conversing with so many lifters in person, old faces and new. My hands throb, I’m restless, and my back has been full of blood the entire day. To butcher something @joesullivanpowerlifter said in conversation, “This, I could do every weekend...it’s great to get away from the bullshit.” If you played a highlight reel of the best times of my life thus far, scenes from powerlifting meets would pop up more than a few times. There’s plenty of awesome things happening within the sport. If you don’t agree, I’d argue you’re looking in the wrong places. I encourage you to get out of your safe and comfortable environment, get out of your gym, get out of the skewed reality that social media shows you, and experience the true culture of powerlifting. An ethnographic viewpoint is one that understands most completely. Give the meets that you sign up for all that you have, but give strive to give the ones you don’t sign up for even more. I will hopefully be seeing many more of you this year, as I plan on going to 3 more meets in 2018.
20 hours ago
Havent used the Duffalo bar in awhile. Had to do 3 sets of AMRAP at 110 with only 1 minute of rest in between... here are the first 2 sets...I got 12 on the first and 10 on 2nd. On the third set I only got 7. . . . . . . . #duffalobar #duffalobarbenchpress #bench #benchpress #dynamiceffort #babyarch #noliftoff #powerlifting #powerliftingaccessories #benchaccessory #womenwhopowerlift #girlswhopowerlift #gwpl #ironsoulgym #ironsoul #havecallousedhands #callousedhandspowerlifting #amrap #staytight #training #lovetraining #trainingalone #gymtime #masterswomen
23 hours ago
figured out a nice setup for box squats on the belt squat yesterday at @rockwellbarbell. worked up to 5x10 on these. followed up with kneeling squats supersetted with hip thrusts to ensure total glute annihilation. @callousedhandspower #powerlifting #powerlifter #callousedhandspowerlifting #havecallousedhands #glutesworkout #npcbikinicompetitor #hamstrings #boxsquats #beltsquat #conjugate #legday #quads #bodybuilding #gatecreeper
1 day ago
Powerlifting is weird and life is weird. We willingly put our bodies through the ringer in the hopes of getting stronger. For what? It seems like majority of people only do it for Instagram likes. They do it so they can say “I have the cool swipe up feature on my Instagram story” or “I got reposted by _____”. But does that really matter? No. If you’re doing it for those things, the lure will fade. In real life, your numbers don’t matter to anyone except yourself. In reality, no one cares about anyone but themselves and that’s totally okay. Powerlift because you love it. Because you can’t wake up and not think about any aspect of your training whether you’re in prep or in an off season. Most importantly, powerlift with people who make you better and who want to see you succeed. ❄️⛓🖤
1 day ago
This is how Im feeling at week 7 of the transformation😂. After training with just body weight for a few months, my hands became soft. They used to burn when I started the program when lifting weights. Im obsessed with the body and how it can adapt to any situation over time. Check out epigenetics if you want to know more about this ☑️. . . .
2 days ago
box squats from earlier, 295+2 chains per side on the ssb, 10x2. really concentrating on not rocking forward too much on these, and trying to keep my feet rooted. more work to be done on both those apparently. today i ate 3800 calories in one sitting at the cheesecake factory for @bosxe’s birthday. @callousedhandspower #havecallousedhands #callousedhandspowerlifting #callousedhands #rockwellbarbell #cheesecakefactory #powerlifting #powerlifter #boxsquats #squats #bodybuilding #inzer #vans #bikiniprep
2 days ago
GOOD LUCK...to all of the lifters tomorrow at the @revolutionpowerlifting @livelargefitness Fall Brawl in Canton, Ohio. @chloe_callousedhands are on our way. I look forward to seeing some of you guys there. If you’re taking to the platform alone tomorrow, you won’t be if you find me!
2 days ago
Sometimes I feel pretty crummy when I wake up but, oddly enough, those days typically are pretty fruitful in the gym. Not my heaviest weights hit on beltless squats or slingshot bench but my form held up very well! 275x4 @ 8 looked and felt good. Doing a little better at keeping my head from jerking up, slowed down as well which does wonders for staying tight. 265x4 @ 8 with the slanger felt very good in my hands. Thats one of the biggest benefits of variation that allows overload, you get used to handling bigger weights so it doesnt shock you when going for a PR. #barbellmedicine #pioneerbelts #filthypowergym #filthyfamily #powerlifting #squat #bench #deadlift #havecallousedhands #callousedhandspower #callousedhandspowerlifting #triggerwarningconjugate #stayhated #projectronin #legion #legioniron #depthbeforedishonor #depthbeforedishonorsquatcompany #conjugate #conjugatestrong #conjugatemethod #conjugatenation
3 days ago
At one point, powerlifting was totally and completely my life. It’s still a huge part of it. The passion I have for it will always be there. However, it’s not my entire life anymore. I’m happier and healthier for this decision. There’s more to my life than obsessing over numbers or worrying about where my next meal is coming from. One can #grind healthily, and work powerlifting into one’s identity in a healthy way. Your self worth can’t possibly be measured by numbers on a barbell. Your self worth can’t be reduced to any one thing. One dimensional self worth is fragile. Even if it feels like you are the most dedicated person because all of your self worth is poured into one thing, you might actually be left as easily penetrable. You may be easily broken or interrupted. If you feel the need to regularly and loudly express YOUR commitment to powerlifting to OTHERS, what does that say about YOU? Is it threat projection? Is it a defense mechanism? If you’re affected by others, you have feelings towards them, and/or inadequate feelings about yourself, in some capacity. Respectfully, no one cares about your total or your commitment level. It means what it does only to you. It’s truly heartbreaking for me to see someone say they want to be remembered, or go down in history for lifting weights. This is not the arena for that. Lifting weights is not a sacrifice. Being able to lift weights is a luxury. We are not martyrs. We are privileged. If you are an egotistical and insecure dickhead with a big deadlift, the egotistical and insecure dickhead part weights heavier than your deadlift ever will. Attempting to prove yourself to others only blurs the passion and commitment you so adamantly ascribe to. Pouring yourself into powerlifting is not unhealthy. However, making powerlifting your identity is. We are not backed in a corner with the world against us. It may feel that way sometimes, but we aren’t. The world doesn’t happen to us. It just happens, and we’re here to experience it. The world is apathetic regarding us. Embracing this truth is not grim, it’s empowering. (Adapted from a recent story)
4 days ago
A CONGRATULATIONS...is in order for @_samhein. Sam’s best bench to date was 185 pounds. The video clips show 195 and 200 pounds from tonight. I’ve been working with Sam for about 4 months now. Despite a job that requires a high level of travel, and after driving 9 hours...Sam ground out her short term goal of benching 200 pounds for the first time. I really do jump at the chance to work with those I care about in a face to face setting. I traveled to Chicago to do just that last weekend. Sam let me know she was visiting close to where I live, so I was excited to be able to work with her in person for a few days this week. Sam gets things done, often on the road, and often in a less than optimal training environment. From here, we’ll continue to address weak points including a minor imbalance in strength in her right versus her left side. And set our sights on a 200+ pound meet bench. I’m proud of you, Sam!!!