The most powerful tool you have in your body sculpting and training toolbox is your mind. Think about how you feel when you have a “bad day” at the gym. You feel slow, sluggish, your body feels heavy, the weights feel heavy, and your joints ache. Sometimes these feelings are mainly physiological (of the body) but more than not, it’s psychological (of the mind).
Article written by Alanna Casey (3x World Strongwoman Champion)
All of my life I have wanted to be the best at something, anything. Growing up I discovered that I was above average at just about everything I attempted; sports, academics, and social integration all came fairly easy to me. However, in all of these categories there was always at least one person who was better than me, in most cases there were several people better than me.
Target audience: The strongman/woman who desires to compete at a national or international level.
When LBEB asked me to write an article on the dangers of overconfidence I was a bit weary. I didn’t know how I was going to pitch it, especially when I have been known to be extremely confident myself.
Now, I will say that my extreme confidence did not develop until I had been competing for 2-3 years, and right before the first woman’s strongman show at the Arnold.
This past week I wrote an assertive email to the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) president. I was disgusted by what seemed to me, to be a very bad judging call at an Australian Junior Nationals powerlifting meet. To my surprise, the IPF president wrote me back. I decided to write this article after our conversation. I will say that the IPF president did not see a clear reason why the second attempt deadlift should have been be red lighted but, stated that he could not know what the side judges might have seen.
There seems to be a lot of myth and confusion surrounding the topic of muscle when it comes to women. I’d like to take a minute to clear that up.
The number one reason I hear from women, pertaining to why they don’t lift weights, is because they are afraid of getting “too big.” Every time I hear this reasoning I internally cringe and am personally insulted.
I’ll start out by stating that my best raw competition squat (no wraps) was 386 lbs. That was at RAW Unity in 2014, at 158lbs body weight. It’s not the best in the word but, it’s pretty decent.
I used to hate the squat. It was my least favorite lift, mainly because I wasn’t that good at it. In strongman, I can somewhat hide from the squat since it’s rarely an event.
The majority of athletes program for themselves. Sometimes this is a great thing, and sometimes it means that the athlete is cutting themselves short. I’d like to go over a few mistakes to avoid when programming for yourself. The following seem to be common mindsets that will actually limit the development of an athlete. Do yourself a favor and give these a read.
The purpose of this article is to address the differences between RAW, single-ply, and multi-ply powerlifting.
I will first start by stating the equipment standard that is generally recognized, is an approval by the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). The IPF is the largest and most legitimatized lifting federation in the world. If powerlifting were to ever become an Olympic sport, the IPF would head it and lifters would be selected from the IPF.
This is not a “man hating” article but, it is geared toward women. So, if a women’s perspective doesn’t interest you, no need to continue reading. I want to talk about the gym, specifically how it is usually divided: the cardio side, and the weights side. The stereotypical situation is that the women remain on the cardio side, and the men claim the weights side.
I have added these back into my training program: single leg barbell step ups. Jill Mills first put them in my programming a few years ago and they are harder then they look (although I feel like I was making them look pretty challenging, lol). The height of the step a total reps is more important than the weight on the bar.