Powerlifting Comp Wrap Up

The entire week leading up to the powerlifting comp I was pretty nervous. The sign up sheet only had about 10 names on it and this hadn’t changed for about a week?!

The Friday night class comes and goes and I check the sign up sheet just in case anyone else had signed up for the comp. In the space of about 8 hours, 10 more people had put there names down to compete.

I don’t think I got to bed until around midnight, running things through my head and hoping that everyone was going to show up.

My alarm wakes me up at 7:30am. I was still nervous about how things were going to run but excited that there was going to be a bunch of new PR’s for everyone who was showing up and competing.

I rocked up to the gym with just enough time to watch the 8:30am crew finish their mutant version of roll a dice flip a coin and help Liz set up her clothing display.*

Around 9:45am everyone starts to roll in for the comp and in true Adapt style – Ben Manning, Jaye and Danny, all turn up in matching outfits (still not sure if they arranged this beforehand or if it was just coincidence).

As soon as everyone is in the door the atmosphere in the gym changes, things start to spark up, muscles are flexing, eyes are shining, thoughts of PR’s are running wild..

Everyone is charged and set to lift heavy, ready to smash some PR’s or break themselves trying.

Pics by our in house Photographer: Sharon Madsen

After a quick intro, we get into it. By now my nerves are gone, I’m thriving on the energy of everyone around me.

It was great to see everyone do their best. PR after PR – Aaron managed to put about 5kg on each of his lifts and although it didn’t count toward his total (more than 3 lifts) Tiernan hit a double bodyweight deadlift @ 186kg.

Everyone who competed put in their best and walked away with results far better than they had expected.


My biggest highlight of the day though was spotting Danny for his 200kg Squat attempt. That was incredible. Just being able to stand that much weight up with ease is astonishing.

At the end of the day things went exactly how I’d imagined they would and everyone left with massive smiles on their faces, and almost everyone with a new PR.

This has definitely been one of the best things for me so far as a coach, to see everyone come together and move some heavy weights around.

Did you compete?

Did you come and cheer on the guys that did?

I’d love to hear your stories and/or favourite moments – that way we can make everyone jealous for missing out. Tell me what you thought of the Comp in the comments section below 😉


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PS: For those of you who didn’t get to buy any of Liz’s merch on the weekend, head over to her online store: Weights & Mates. If you’d like an even better deal hit me up and I’ll give you a code to save 15% off your next order ~ J

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Bearded. Strong. Barista. Josh is the newest addition to the Adapt Team.Josh brings an incredible story of transformation (he was an ex fatty too) and a disciplined mindset towards all aspects of health and fitness. Don’t let the beard scare you – he’s one of the most caring and supportive coaches around.