This weekend was the date of the Scottish Powerlifting Eastern Districts competition. ATS had three people lifting. So, here's a run down of how our lifters got on!
First up, Blair Keith. You may recognise Blair from one of our client interviews! Blair is relatively new to working with us and has been training for this competition specifically for ~20 weeks. When Blair first started he wasn't sure about his 1 rep maxes, but based on low rep sets he'd done, we spit balled them at about 140/150 for squat, 100ish for bench, and 160 for deadlift. Most of his training with us has been hypertrophy based, as we've talked about previously. Adding more muscle mass, is a very good way to get stronger. We rounded out 12 weeks of volume training with 4 weeks of some general strength stuff and then hit some circa max lifts towards comp.
Blair's final lifts in his first competition were:
He possibly had a little more in the tank on squat. We only got the second bench at 107.5. Clearly, he had more in the tank on deadlift, despite the massive personal best weight for his third.
Next up is Nikki Charleston. Nikki has worked with us previously and while she mainly beats people up while roller skating, dabbles in powerlifting from time to time. Last time Nikki competed was in the Push/Pull in 2017. Where she got a 35 on bench, and a 77.5 on deadlift.
This time round she was lifting in a full 3 lift comp, here's how she got on!
Nikki's final lifts were:
Squat: 80 (didn't get film of this one)
Awesome work from Nikki! Personal bests on everything, and the 100kg milestone on deadlift to boot.
Lastly, Jason Gray. Jason is a long-term client who has been working with us for over a year, specifically with performance goals related to American football and Powerlifting. Last time Jason competed was in the Perth Open, in June 2017. Where he lifted 175 on squat, 110 on bench, and 202.5 on deadlift. At Easterns… Well here are the lifts.
That's a 57.5kg increase on his total, between his second and third competition.
Going forward, we'll be focussing on the football season as it arrives. Then going back to powerlifting focussed training and looking to compete again later in the year.
Finally, a huge thank you to Elysium gym in Edinburgh, Dean Roberston and his team for hosting. A great venue, can't wait to see more comps there in the future. If you live/work down near Leith in Edinburgh, you should check it out.