The exciting event was held at the Airport Holiday Inn in Boise to an enthusiastic crowd and was a WABDL world championship qualifier. There were 35 competitors in various age and weight classes from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. The various divisions included men, women, teens, junior, open class, submasters, and masters. Many state and world records were broken by the awesome competitors.
The event was held in a 2800 square foot convention room to make room for all of the competitors, spectators and sponsors. Food and drink was served to the competitors to keep up their strength and energy and various prizes were raffled off throughout the day for the ticket holders.
One of the amazing competitors sponsored by Bodybuilding.com is Stacey Hammar. She is 23 years old and has been interested in lifting for years. She has always pushed herself to see how much more she could lift. After major surgery 2 years ago she had to take eight months off from any type of lifting and was anxious to get back into working out. Stacey's college coach had always talked up the sport of powerlifting, and then after her recuperation from surgery Stacey met Andy Lambert, a two time world champion powerlifter, where she works.
He started getting her excited about the sport, so she decided to compete in an upcoming competition last April even though she hadn't been seriously training. To her surprise she set state records for the bench press and deadlift for her weight and age class which is Junior Womens, 165 lb class in her first competition with 176 lbs for the bench press and 336 lbs for the deadlift.
Since the April competition Stacey has been seriously training, and her coach has her on a 12 week training cycle. She will work a couple of heavy days, a couple of light days, and a couple of cardio days. The main difference between training for a powerlifting competition and a bodybuilding competition is for the eight weeks prior to the powerlifting competition, cardio is not part of the training program. Stacey also takes Designer Protein and L-glutamine to help with her strenuous workouts.
On Saturday August 31st, Stacey set another state record for the bench press at 181 pounds, breaking her own record set back in April. Since she was only three weeks out from another competition, she wasn't up to another record for the deadlift but still performed remarkably.
Stacey will be headed to Nevada in November for the WABDL World Championships. She is hoping to bench press over 200 pounds and hit the deadlifts around 380 to 400 pounds. She will be working hard in the next two months on her form and of course hitting the weights heavy.
When I asked Stacey what advice she would give anyone who may think they have an interest in powerlifting, she said "Anyone who is interested should just go for it, find and talk to someone who is knowledgeable so you can learn about the sport. Just get in there and do it, you won't know if you like it until you do it."