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Bench Wars - Friday: The Day Before The Meet... Weigh-Ins!

Bench Wars at Fort William Henry Resort in Beautiful Lake George - See the steps Curtis and I went through to some amazing bench pressing competition. Check it out!

By: Anita Ramsey

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Bench Wars
Anita Opens...

Friday, the day before the meet. We both got up early because we have to drive a good 1/2 an hour to get to the Gym for weigh-ins.

We walked into the gym and some of the Metal Militia team members where there. Bill looked at Curtis and me and asked who wanted to go first. Curtis looked at Bill and said Anita wanted to go first. I really didn't but OK.

So, Bill and I walked in the back room with the scales. I stripped down to my thong and bra and then Bill Crawford came back into the locker room to weigh me in. Now I have in the past been competing in the 148lb class and was hoping to be able to do the same this time. However, with no cardio for almost three months, I was sure with what was going to happen.

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Well, I weighed 153 so guess what? I am in the 165lb class. Remember, I told you in part II that about 2 months ago I strained my patella tendon while benching and from that point was not been able to do any cardio what so ever. I was not too stressed about it though next time I will work harder at keeping myself in the weight class I want which is the 148's.

Now some of you may be wondering why I would want to be in the 148's when, as a bodybuilder my goal was to get just as BIG as I possibly could. Don't get me wrong I still want to be BIG, but I really want to go after Kara's world records and I want to be the first to BREAK those records in the 148s, then maybe move up to the 165s.

Well, like I said I did not make the 148s as I weighed in at 153, which put me in the 165lb class. Bill & I stood there for a bit contemplating as to weather or not I should try to use a sauna to drop weight and decided that I should not worry about it this time around.

I wasn't the only one who went up a weight class. Curtis weighed in a whopping 284 pounds, breaking into the 308's. Nice job Curtis! "Thanks Anita!" Oh well, so we get to really eat now.

After weigh-ins there were four of us who took off and went out to eat at Denny's. After stuffing our faces we all went our own ways, because Saturday will come fast. When Curtis and I got home we both filled up our glasses with ice tea and since it was a nice day we spent the rest of the day relaxing and partaking in a nice cigar - our premature "before the fat lady sings" ritual.

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One Last Relaxing Ritual.


Meet Day

The APF Bench Wars... At the Fort William Henry Resort in beautiful Lake George, New York. Thirty-five lifters of all ages, shapes and sizes showed up for PR's and record attempts.

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APF World Bench Wars.

I never seem to sleep very well prior to a competition and this was no exception. Curtis didn't either, but it was Ok because surprisingly when we did get up, bright and early, we both felt great and ready to go. We both packed all of our gear for the meet, each had a protein shake, took a shower, had a huge bowl of oatmeal and we were out the door. I know that each time I compete I will be nervous and that is great as long as you know how to focus those energies.


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Bench Wars
Curtis Continues...

Anita was really nervous and she had to work at focusing, as she felt like this was her first meet. It kinda was babe. When we got to the meet, it was great. There were tons of people there that we had not seen in years and though we really did not say much to them till after the meet it was still nice to see everyone and have everyone's support.

There were three flights in the meet and Anita was in the first flight. I was in the 3rd and last flight. This only means flight one is the first group to lift. Before starting to warm up we had Anita change her opener weight from 225 to 230 then we proceeded to start her warm-ups. These are two pictures of Anita warming up at the meet. That's Sebastian giving Anita her lift-off, and Bill Crawford and me watching in the background.

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Anita Warming Up.

Here is Anita's second to last warm-up set and her first warm-up set in my bench shirt.

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Second To Last Warm-Up.

OK, Anita is going to tell you her thoughts before the meet began.


Bench Wars
Anita Continues...

After warming up it was time to go sit off in a corner and get ready to make all that hard work count for something. Anita was to be the fourth lifter up in the 1st flight.

That guy standing directly behind Anita in the above picture is Sebastian Burns (one of our Metal Militia team members). He gave me my lift-off for my first two lifts and then Bill Crawford helped me with my 3rd and last attempt. That's Janet Farone (Team MM Member) and one strong girl.


Anita's Attempts

OK, here we go. It is time to rock and roll...

I am up - it is my opener weight (230) and all I can think of is that I have to make this happen no matter what or I will be screwed for the rest of the meet. As I stated my opener was with 230lbs.

Attempt #1:

    Here is a pic of Sebastian handing the weight off to me for my first lift of 230lb lift... it was a GOOD lift.

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Attempt #1: 230 Lbs.

    Here is a pic of Sebastian and the spotters helping me rack the weight after I completed my first lift. For those of you who do not know this, the best I have officially done in a meet is 215lbs - so this 230lb bench press was a Personal Record for me! Cool!

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Personal Record!

    Well since all went well with my first lift I felt ready to give my second attempt a go. Based on how the first lift went I decided to go for 260 on my second attempt.

Attempt #2:

    I stayed focused. All that was in my head was remembering how to do my technique and that I had to get this lift and here is a picture of me pushing up that 260lbs. Nailed It! Yes... it was a good lift and another Personal Record for me!

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Another Personal Record!

Attempt #3:

    Wow, that 260 went up so easy and fast I could not believe it. I really did not know what to call for my third attempt so I let Bill Crawford call my final lift, which was 280. Here is a picture of me almost locking it out... If you really look at the picture you can see the bar slanted just a little.

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280 Lbs... Almost!

    In all reality I should have been able to get that 280, but for some reason it just did not happen. But, that is ok.


Curtis's Attempts

First, I did my warm ups. I think some were wondering what the Hell I was doing. I did 135 for two sets of 5, and then did 225 with 3 boards and 315 with 3 boards. And then put my shirt on again doing 315 for 3 reps. It would look a little odd to me if I didn't know this person.

After 315, a group of us stepped outside of the warm up room, too many BIG fat bodies we were making the room really HOT. So some of us, went out into the main room and finished our warm ups. I finished with 405 for 3 and then I waited for my first attempt. Just sitting back waiting for my turn...

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Sitting Back.

Attempt #1:

    I was the 4th person up, the bar was loaded with 515 and it was time to get busy. Hands chalked and ammonia cap in hand, ready to go!

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Ready To Go!

    Sebastain gave me my lift off; actually he did it for me on ever attempt. Thanks Sebastain. I brought the bar down, stopped it. Waited for the signal from Carl Seeker the head referee and when I heard PRESS! I exploded the weight off my chest straight to lock out. RACK! And a good lift. 515 done! Next attempt. So far, so good.

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515 Done!

Attempt #2:

    My next call was for 545, though I did this in the gym it was and is not official until you do it in a meet and that was what I wanted to do. So, the bar was loaded to 545 and same scenario it exploded off my chest and straight into lock out. Good lift! I'm feeling really good right now, I know I'm going to finally get that 585...

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545 lbs! Good Lift!

Attempt #3:

    Bar is loaded to 585. Bill and Sebastain adjusted my shirt, just a little. I brought the bar down, waited for the signal and then explode. The bar came flying off of me and then stopped about ¾ of the way up. I just couldn't get the lockout. Oh well 2 out of 3 attempts for my first meet back and a 45 PR is a good day if you ask me.

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Just Couldn't Get The Lockout.


Bench Wars
Anita Continues...

As we both stated we still ended up with 2 Personal Records and first place in both our weight divisions and category. As a whole the Metal Militia team did great at this meet and boy oh boy did we party after. We sure did have a great time.

Curtis and I both had exactly 45 pound PR's on both our benches. Is that ironic or what? You know what was the challenge prepping for this meet? For me it was dealing with being sick through most of my training, I injured my right shoulder at some point in the training, and I also had an extremely strained knee.

Curtis had to deal with re-tearing his pec and the fear of it going every time he lifted. And if you have to ask, "Why then do it?" then you are not nor have you ever been a serious athlete. Those are only a few of the obstacles we dealt with while prepping for this meet.

And, to top it off, we only trained for a few months for this meet doing very little conditioning prior to it. So, with all that said, we definitely have no complaints and we are ready to move on to some bigger and better numbers!

Anita Personal Notes:

    It will take me awhile to really get where I want to be and that is benching for records in my weight class. I am hoping for 280 to 300 at my next meet and within a year or maybe a little longer I would like to be pushing for those world records, which will put me benching in the 400lb range. It seems like a long ways away, but I know my abilities and I have not even begun to tap them. Nor has Curtis.

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We Haven't Even Begun.

Curtis Personal Notes:

    Bill gave me a nickname that I will not divulge here, and I was told I would not get rid of that nickname until I bench 600! Well, 600 is going down soon. And after that I have my sights set on that big 700 mark. Many in Team MM and others that have visited during training times have mentioned my untapped potential in benching. We'll see. Next time 585 and then 600, I'll keep you all posted.

    We'd like to Thank Bodybuilding.com, ALLMAX Nutrition, Diana the Valkyre, Buff Chicks, Inzer, Karins Extreme, and ALL of TEAM Metal Militia! We also hope that you enjoyed "Training at the Compound" as much as we enjoyed everything about it.

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600 Is Going Down!

      Here Are More Pics & Videos Of The Meet... Go!

Pictures by BodytechUSA, Curtis Schultz and Anita Ramsey.
And a special Thank you to Sebastain, Bill C., Carl, Filthy, Cassey, Trish and Christy

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