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Old 04-01-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Thanks for welcoming me to the forums! I heard about it awhile back, so I finally joined up here..Jen Zerwas recommended it, we are friends on facebook (Lisa Butz is my name)...I was a fitness competitor but retired last year. I was really sick of the industry and the image. I took about 8 months and just focused on my strength and really fell in love with powerlifting through following the Westside programs, I finally enjoyed going to the gym again!!!!! I think we all go through different stages in our lives, and it was time for me to acknowledge that I just don't fit into that "mold" anymore...I never was one of those women who liked doing endless cardio and tanning and being a "princess" for a day...however I did enjoy gymnastics and the routine was always so challenging and fun to learn crazy tricks. That was what intrigued me. But, the side I didn't like was the narcissistic, political, ass kisssing to get ahead side, and I hated training "like a bodybuilder"...I despised isolation work, cable machines, etc etc...I always liked compound lifts but was told I wasn't training to maximize my physique. It was a constant battle between what I 'wanted' and what was 'necessary'. I don't know if I will ever return to the stage now, it just doesn't feel right to me anymore. I am hoping to find more people here that I can "click" with, and I am actually doing my FIRST bench and deadlift event this month. Im scared as hell, but its a small non-sanctioned one so theres no pressure and I do believe it is a good step for me. Thanks again...I can't wait to get a log going here!
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:41 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, I'm really looking to connect with like minded people and find my way so to speak in these unchartered waters of powerlifting. I'm doing pretty well for the little time I've been at it. I have some gymnastics injuries going against me, such as a bulging disk that gives me grief off and on, and a bit of tendonitis in the shoulders that is manageable. My current max lifts are 140 bench, 225 squat, and 220 deadlift. My average bodyweight goes between 136-140. I'm very excited about getting these numbers up.
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