Meet Report & Testimonial
Iron Challenge in Medicine Hat, February 17th 2018
100% Raw Canada
Total: 358 kg/787.6 lbs
Bodyweight: 65.6 kg/144.3 lbs
I started training with Alex and Victor in November 2017, and I have to say, the entire experience has been nothing but amazing! I’ve been lifting for almost five years now and competing for almost two, but this was my first time being coached, and it made an unbelievably huge difference in so many ways. The first benefit I noticed was how stress-free my training became with my programming being emailed to me weekly. The workouts themselves were very efficient with just enough intensity and volume for me to make progress, but not feel burnt out. Any questions I had, they always had answers very quickly too. I always recorded videos of my lifts for them to review and provide feedback when needed, and if I ever needed any extra one-on-one help, that was always available to me. There were times when I needed emotional support as well on the rare occasion I’d fail reps, and they were always very encouraging and made me feel better.
The main thing I want to talk about here though is the competition I did this past Saturday, February 17th. I’ve had good meets before, but this was the best so far. I had the best support system I could’ve asked for with two coaches and a team of handlers and it made a huge difference. One of the main benefits was having Alex and Victor choosing my attempts for me and not telling me what they were until after completing the lift. This was new for me and made me a little nervous at first, but it was so nice to not have to worry about it! All I had to focus on was going out there and lifting. And best of all, there was no fear of numbers causing a mental block - because there were no numbers to worry about! All I had to do was go out there and lift the weight. It was a complete game changer. I’ve written up a lift-by-lift report below, for anyone who might be curious about a more detailed look at my experience.
Opener: 122.5 kg/270 lbs ⚪⚪⚪
Not much to say about my opener, it was somewhat difficult but easy enough to calm my nerves. Exactly the way an opener should be, which was great because I get very nervous to the point of dizziness right before squats.
Second attempt: 137.5 kg/303.1 lbs ⚪⚪⚪
I didn't know what weight this was, Alex and Victor decided it for me and didn't want me to know what it was, which was a first for me. I was pretty nervous since I’ve always known what I was lifting before I thought it was 132.5 kg/292.1 lbs, which was my previous PR, but when I found out it was actually 137.5 kg/303.1 lbs I was so happy! I’ve been dreaming of squatting over 300 lbs since I first started lifting seriously. I was so excited after this that I was shaking!
Third attempt: 140.5 kg/309.7 lbs ⚪⚪🔴 https://www.instagram.com/p/BfYnqevATTi/
My main goal for this meet was to squat over 300 lbs, and I got to do it twice! The one red light was probably for depth I'm guessing? I was too excited to ask a ref. It was a 8 kg/17.6 lbs PR! The best part is I feel like I could’ve added another 10, maybe 15 lbs, which would’ve been the 100% Raw world record! So I’m very excited to attempt that in May.
Opener: 62. 5 kg/137.5 lbs ⚪⚪⚪
Super easy opener, which I questioned at first but ended up being a good call. Bench is usually my worst lift so I think it was even more important to have an easy opener for bench than it is for squat for me, personally.
Second attempt: 70 kg/154.3 lbs 🔴🔴⚪
Failed lift because of downward movement on the way up. I think what happened is that I felt my butt starting to lift up so I panicked a little and my bar path stalled. I had hit this weight in training recently, but failed it at my last meet because of my butt lifting. Unfortunate, but I wasn’t upset at all. I knew I could get it if I tried again.
Third attempt: 70 kg/154.3 lbs ⚪🔴⚪ https://www.instagram.com/p/BfYqSllgk37/
Tiiiny bit of downward movement on one side but I got the lift! I very much needed to get this one because if I failed it twice, my new bench would've been 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs less than my last one, so I would've been upset about opening so low. Luckily it worked out! Small 2.5 kg PR here.
Opener: 127.5 kg/281 lbs ⚪⚪⚪
Moved really fast and easy, not much else to say about it. I got this for a triple at some point during the peaking cycle so there were no worries here.
Second attempt: 145 kg/314.1 lbs ⚪⚪⚪
5 kg/11 lbs PR, and so close to three “gym plates”! A milestone I've been wanting to hit for a very long time now. Felt kind of rough, but looked very smooth on video. So happy!
Third attempt: 147.5 kg/325.1 lbs ⚪⚪⚪ https://www.instagram.com/p/BfYrUptg4EI/
10 kg/22 lbs PR! I thought this was 155 kg/341.7 lbs, and the screen said that when I was up on the platform, but I found out after that Alex and Victor had changed it at the very last minute, and lowered it. They had done the math, and if I made this lift, it would secure me for best female lifter.
I came home with trophies for best female lifter overall, best female lifter in the Open division, best female squat, and Team Powerhouse won best team! My best female lifter award came with an awesome prize pack, a Mutant gym bag with supplements from Reflex Supplements Medicine Hat. I've never really won anything before so I'm still in shock! I already can't wait for my next competition in May when I go for that big squat record!
Contributor: Andrea Melito