2 years ago @mrs.abigail_7 was sitting in the audience watching her husband @posten.lifts at the Arnold Pro American. At this point she was only 4 months into her powerlifting journey, and she knew then she wanted to join him on that stage one day. That happens next Sunday when Abbee and Patrick compete in the same session together at the Arnold Pro American! Abbee has put together a string of good meets lately, but what you may not know is we have still yet to have a good peaking block up until now. Going into Nationals we were scrambling as she didn't hit a squat at her planned opener until the week of the meet. But this time around was completely different, and everything went about as perfect to plan as you could hope. Abbee finished with PRs on all 3 lifts, hitting a 385lb. squat (380lbs. shown above), 242lb. bench press, and a 455lb. deadlift, which would equate to a 52lb. meet PR total if she can put that together on the platform, and maybe more.
This time around we simply trained heavier in prior blocks. Abbee needed to feel comfortable and confident with near max weights, so the only way to solve that was to do it more often. Over the last 4 months she has hit her planned opener weight or higher 13 times, and has hit over her best Nationals squat 4 times. She has hit her PR bench from Nationals or higher 9 times. And unlike prior meet preps, she actually beat her meet PR deadlift in the gym. Typically before her best deadlift in the gym was about 20lbs. under what she eventually does in the meet. She had numbers in her head before that scared her, in particular 380lbs. on squat. She's had the strength for it, but for some reason that number was just a mental wall that needed to be broken. But now those numbers are behind her and she's looking at some fantastic numbers come next Sunday!