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ripitupbaby
02-13-2008, 12:15 AM
I'm prepping for a bench press competition Feb. 23, and another on March 16. My goal is to use a bench press shirt for the first time and bench 225 or more in the competition. I'm about 135 weight-wise.

I've benched raw (no shirt) until now and have gotten 175 in competition and 185 in the gym. Shirted benching is a whole different ballgame. The training and the prep, and learning how to use a shirt, has been quite the challenge!

After 3 months working with the shirt, I finally got 225. My butt lifted off the bench a little bit, but I should be able to fix that. And if I can get consistent with the shirt, I might be able to do a little more than 225.


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Here is a clip of a set of 225 x 2 with a 1-board. The boards are used to help break the shirt in and build strength in your triceps, which is what you need most when you are benching with a shirt...it takes forever to break in the shirt enough to get the bar down to your chest (and it HURTS ALOT), so you use the boards to do sets until you can get it stretched enough. You start with a 3-board or 4-board and work your way down to the 1-board and then no board.


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Here's a set of 300 pounds to a 4-board (4 stacked boards). At one point a few months ago, the shirt wouldn't even stretch enough to let me touch the bar to a 4-board!!


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One of the challenges is figuring out how much to open with at the competition. It's not so much a strength issue as it is related to finding the groove on the shirt....and the shirt is SO tight that it takes a certain amount of weight just to be able to get the bar to touch my chest.

Here's 205 x 1...as you can see, I literally have to PULL the bar down to touch my chest because the weight is almost not heavy enough.

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Siouxcountry
02-13-2008, 12:30 AM
I never knew about the boards.

lol I admit I know very little about powerlifting. :D

225 in 12 days no problem! :yourock:

ripitupbaby
02-13-2008, 12:34 AM
I never knew about the boards.

lol I admit I know very little about powerlifting. :D

225 in 12 days no problem! :yourock:



We'll see! I'm only about 50/50 right now with the shirt, so I gotta get a little more consistent!

SBT
02-13-2008, 01:31 AM
Nice videos there chicka!!!

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IslandGirl
02-13-2008, 02:49 AM
I LOVE all your vids Lori! You inspire me girl!

ripitupbaby
02-13-2008, 03:47 PM
Thanks SBT and IG. I'm enjoying the training for the bench comps...it's really fun!

SBT
02-13-2008, 04:07 PM
And here I was thinking I was all special for doing my weight plus about 10 lbs!!!

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Powergoddess
02-13-2008, 04:50 PM
Hey Lori - good luck in your meets. Let us know how you do - I'll be rooting for you long distance!

ripitupbaby
02-13-2008, 04:56 PM
And here I was thinking I was all special for doing my weight plus about 10 lbs!!!

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That's VERY good!! Anything that's body weight or more for a female is a damn good bench press!

ripitupbaby
02-13-2008, 04:58 PM
Hey Lori - good luck in your meets. Let us know how you do - I'll be rooting for you long distance!


Thanks so much!! I'll definitely keep you posted...good to see you over here!! :awesome:

fitmomma3
02-13-2008, 06:06 PM
HOLY CRAP LORI! Great videos! That bench shirt looks soooo uncomfortable lol
Best of luck in your comp! I'm sure you'll kick ass!

ripitupbaby
02-13-2008, 06:15 PM
HOLY CRAP LORI! Great videos! That bench shirt looks soooo uncomfortable lol
Best of luck in your comp! I'm sure you'll kick ass!


Thanks Steph! Those were for you so that you don't have to drive all the way up to Manch. ;)

r2d2
02-14-2008, 09:24 PM
very impressive lifting.

ripitupbaby
02-14-2008, 09:43 PM
very impressive lifting.

Thanks, it's nice to see you here! :)

Siouxcountry
02-14-2008, 09:49 PM
very impressive lifting.

Welcome, Bro!

r2d2
02-14-2008, 09:58 PM
hi guys,

great board you guys are running here ;)

r2d2
02-15-2008, 02:29 PM
I think you could nail 235 in this comp rip.

ripitupbaby
02-15-2008, 02:31 PM
I think you could nail 235 in this comp rip.


Thanks for the vote of confidence. I think I could too, as long as I stay in the groove with the shirt. :cool:

ISABELLE TURELL
02-16-2008, 10:52 PM
Great Videos Lori. Good luck in your competition. :awesome:

ripitupbaby
02-17-2008, 02:41 AM
Great Videos Lori. Good luck in your competition. :awesome:


Thanks Isabelle! I think I've already told you on like three other boards, but I'm a really big fan of yours! :D

IslandGirl
02-18-2008, 06:38 AM
The big day is approaching! :awesome:You excited Lori?:respect:

ripitupbaby
02-19-2008, 01:40 AM
The big day is approaching! :awesome:You excited Lori?:respect:


I am very excited...and nervous. I can't believe how nervous I am about it, actually.

I'm going to open with 225, and I get three lifts. I'm not supposed to think about bombing out, but it's hard not to. I can get 225 easily about 50% of the time, so I should get a good lift. Ideally, I would get it on the first try and then have two more tries to go heavier. :D

DaveFollansbee
02-22-2008, 12:16 AM
I never knew about the boards.

lol I admit I know very little about powerlifting. :D

225 in 12 days no problem! :yourock:

thats me doing the liftoff and Mags on the camcorder ;)

Physedfit
02-22-2008, 01:23 AM
I am very excited...and nervous. I can't believe how nervous I am about it, actually.

I'm going to open with 225, and I get three lifts. I'm not supposed to think about bombing out, but it's hard not to. I can get 225 easily about 50% of the time, so I should get a good lift. Ideally, I would get it on the first try and then have two more tries to go heavier. :D

Hey Lori! That's awesome you are doing a powerlifting meet! I did one through IPA last summer and that was the one of the best experiences. I hate benching so I thought I woudl bomb out but didn't so just think positive! You'll do fantastic! All that adrenaline will hit you and you'll be pushin that weight no problem! So, good luck and be confident!! Is it a full power meet?