All-England Unequipped Powerlifting Championships – August 16/17

We took 3 Lifters to compete at this year’s English Championships at Moulton (Unequipped)

Louis Bichard – 93s U/23
Reece Smith – 93s Senior
Thomas Celestin – 105 Senior

All the boys lifted together. Louis and Reece in the A Flight and Thomas in the B Flight. Louis is now a full 93 so it will be interesting to watch his progress.

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Photo by Dave McWilliams

LOUIS

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Photo by Dave McWilliams

SQUAT – Louis opened with a comfortable 180 Squat followed with a successful second attempt of 190 (which was harder). 195 for his third resulting in a miss, this left him with a PB of 190 setting up for the Bench.

BENCH – An easy opener of 120 was following be a good 125.
A third attempt 130 was asked for although hard, was a good lift and PB

DEADLIFT – The D/L for Louis is a bit of an unknown, since his bodyweight has gone up so we were about to see what he could do. Louis pulls Sumo and opened with a comfortable 215. A second pull of 225 set him up for a big third attempt. With 232.5 on the bar and Louis set to work. It was hard! He kept his shape, got the bar moving and got the lift. The 232.5 will be good for him in the future as he had to work really hard for it and he now knows what a tough D/L is.

3 PBs and a PB total – A very good day for Louis to go back to University with.

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Photo by Dave McWilliams

REECE

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Photo by Dave Rygielski

SQUAT – Reece opened with 190 on the Squat and looked comfortable. This was followed with 200 which, although successful, he had to work for. 205 for his third and it would be a test. Reece fought it all the way resulting in a PB of 205.

BENCH – An easy opener of 135 was followed with a good second attempt of 140. 145 for his last attempt was missed, so an equal PB of 140 was added to his total.

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Photo by Dave McWilliams

DEADLIFT – He opened with a easy 230 and took 240 for his second attempt. The 240 caught him half way up resulting in a miss. He took the 240 again for his third – this time with more aggression and the bar flew. A very good pull indeed and if Reece can find this speed and aggression again – 250+ is achievable. A PB squat and total were his rewards.

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Photo by Dave McWilliams

THOMAS

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Last up was Thomas – His training has been going well, so we were expecting a good performance. This was to be Thomas’s second comp after having shoulder surgery and his Bench had been looking stronger.

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Photo by Dave McWilliams

SQUAT – We wanted 3 good squats to set him up for a good total, and Thomas did the job. 225, 235 and a good deep 240 to finish. (More to come).

BENCH – We thought that a 135/140 Bench would give Thomas a good sub-total to set him up for the D/L. This was to be a good example of plans not working out. An easy opener on the Bench of 125 was followed with 135 for his second attempt. Half way through locking out, the weight collapsed to his chest! Thomas had pain in left arm so we passed on the third attempt.

DEADLIFT – Going into the D/L Thomas was 45Kgs behind Edgar, his rival. An opener of 280 to start was followed by a comfortable 305 for his second.

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Photo by Dave McWilliams

Edgar took 275 for his third and got it, leaving Thomas a massive 320 to win. He gave it a good go, but was unsuccessful on this occasion. Although Thomas was disappointed, he knew that you can’t expect to win championships on just and Squat and D/L.

All the boys were placed second overall in their classes, lifted very well and were a credit to the Gym.

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I would like to thank Big Dave, Laura, Ernie and Andy Rodney for their help and support.

Martin

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