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Western European Powerlifting Championships, Cuijk, Holland 2011.

GB sent a strong team to the Western European Championships this year with almost all of them in a medal contention.

The opening day saw first time international lifter and pro bodybuilder Marina Cornwall achieve personal best’s and a bronze medal, followed by Louise Clark in the next weight category up also attaining bronze.

Michelle Constantine, wife of long time lifter and former European and World medalist Pat Constantine, was in the next weight category achieve another bronze medal.

The evening saw first time international lifter Ola Oyefeso and experienced competitor Joe Bullock lifting in the 105k and 93k body weight class respectively.

With both these classes very competitive Ola failed to achieve a podium position however did achieve some personal best’s and a good total score which left him happy about his first ever international competition, eager to compete in more.

Joe was very pleased winning bronze and tallying the total medals up to 4.

The following day saw the weight categories lifting times changed around as the ‘home grown’ talent of Ielja Strik attracted a lot of the local media.  The heavy and super heavy weights were first on the platform for the day including Andy Thompson lifting in his first international at the new body weight of -120k down from the super heavyweight 155k body weight.

Andy had some good fight in him and managed to clinch a silver medal, narrowly missing gold on his last deadlift.

The super heavy weight category saw Adam Nash lifting in his second international competition, and although way down on his personal best total he did achieve bronze also, bringing the GB team total up to 6.

Last on the platform for the team, and competing against world record holder and local girl Ielja Strik, was Charlie Shotton-Gale.

Experienced international competitor, Charlie was ranked a comfortable 3rd going into the competition and as long as she secured a total she was sure of the medal.

After failing her second squat and not able to go for a pb she settled with a 190k finishing weight, missing her last bench at a pb weight of 127.5k to give her a 122.5k weight the Deadlift was not going to play well for her and she achieve 7.5k under pb weight with a 170k score.

Giving her a total of 482.5k, 7.5k under her best total score and still not breaking that 500k total barrier, Charlie was very pleased to win Bronze for her country but bitterly disappointed she did not make any improvements’

“This competition was to gain even more international experience and to warm up for the world championships in 7 weeks time.

“I had my sights set on getting pb’s of 197.5k in the squat, 127.5k in the bench and 177.5k in the deadlift to break that 500k total weight barrier and set me up for some great numbers for the worlds.”

“I’m going to go back to the gym and really hit the technical aspects of my lifting over the next 7 weeks to truly prepare for the worlds.  My body weight is under control now and as long as I have 7 weeks of strong training I am confident for some gains the next competition I have.”

The next IPF senior championships are:

2011 IPF WORLD MEN’S & WOMEN’S POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
in PLZEN / CZECH REPUBLIC
from 07. – 13. November 2011

http://www.powerlifting-ipf.com/

http://www.gbpf.org.uk/

 

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Charlie Shotton-Gale British Powerlifting Champion 2011

The weekend of July 30/31 saw the GBPF British Powerlifting Championships in Coventry.

Charlie Shotton-Gale, lifting in the 84k category, entered the competition a favourite to win, as long as no mis-haps occurred.

Her squat went well initially, completing her first two lifts successfully.  However when attempting her competing personal best of 200k she was failed on lack of depth for the squat.

Nevertheless, finishing her squat attempts on a 2.5k below pb weight was ok, as she was looking forward to the bench.

An issue with her bench shirt meant her opening bench press was rushed and untechnical, “I was so lucky to complete the press and my form completely went”, states Charlie.

After re-fitting the shirt she completed the bench press part of the competition with a PB of 125k.

Pleased with her new PB but exhausted from the wardrobe malfunction Charlie only managed to get her opening Deadlift of 170k, 5k below competition PB.

 

This gave her a total that was 7.5k below her personal best, but also gave her the Gold medal and title of British Powerlifting Champion once again.

“Although I am so pleased to win, I was exhausted after my bench shirt mis-hap that nothing exciting was going to happen in the Deadlift!

I’m looking forward to the Western European Cup in Holland, September 17/18 2011.  I’m hoping to get my 200k Squat, 130k Bench and hopefully more than 175k Deadlift, but we will see!”

 

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Charlie Shotton-Gale Commonwealth Record holder 2011

Well it seems that I am now the proud holder of 2 Commonwealth Powerlifting Records – the Squat and the Bench press.

I was not informed of this, until yesterday (6 weeks after I achieved it).

So I can now say I possess 2 British unequipped records in the Squat and Total, and now 2 Commonwealth Equipped records.

Woo hoo!

So now my aim is:

British Powerlifting Championships, july 2011 – achieve Personal Bests in each of the events – 200+ squat, 125+ bench and 185+ deadlift, and win gold!

Western European Cup, september 2011 – win gold with a 210+ squat, 127.5+ bench and 190+ pull.

World Championships – achieve a good ranking as it will be my first Worlds.

European Championships, may 2012 – achieve a better ranking with a 220+ squat, 130+ bench and 200+ deadlift (550 total)

British Championships 2012 – aim for the British Squat record of 227.5.

 

lets see how the next year pans out!

 

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Dawn Morrell new European BPO Powerlifting Champion, Trained by SG Fitness

Last week saw Dawn Morrell compete in, and win, the BPO Powerlifting Championships in Limerick, Ireland.

With personal bests all around dawn managed to complete 125kg Squat, 87.5kg Bench Press and a 152.5kg Deadlift giving her a total of 365kg and 4 World Records!

Dawn also competed in the individual lifts two days following her Powerlifting competition.  She finished with an 85k Bench Press and a 160kg Deadlift, achieving another World Record.

Dawn, aged 50, began Powerlifitng when she started training with SG Fitness back in October 2010.  Since then she has seen an increase in her Squat from unable to squat to 125kg!  Her bench has improved from 65kg personal best to 87.5kg and deadlift has shot up a huge 35kg from 125kg personal best to 160kg.  At a body weight of 73.1kg that is very impressive stats.

Dawn is now looking forward to the World Championships in November, and SG Fitness with be coching and supporting her the whole way!

Good Luck Dawn

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Box Squats

I have added box squats to my training cycle this time and wow are they having an effect!

My Vastus Lateralis feels constantly worked, and aches when all other muscles have recovered.

I am looking forward to when these obviously lesser used muscles catch up with the rest of them!

I would like people’s opinions on Box squats, or their questions if they have never used them.

Look forward to your replies!

Remember everyone – Technique + strength = POWER!

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