Current mood: USA all the way!
How do I summarize into a few words the entire experience of competing as a member of Team USA in Aruba at the IPF/NAPF North American Regional Bench Press Championships? Well I really can't, but I will give a brief summary of this great meet and outstanding experience.
Thursday--I left Kentucky for Aruba. It was cold here in Kentucky (and still is) and extremely warm in Aruba. I had a layover in Miami and got my first text message from my friends and family encouraging me. The text messages continued throughout the weekend and were a real blessing and encouragement to me. Thank You to everyone who sent one, I really appreciated it!
Friday--This was my rest day from the previous days air travel. I managed to get a lot of sleep and felt really good when I woke up. During the day I went to out the beach, attended the nominations meeting and went shopping on the island. Aruba has a lot of stuff to buy and do. Too much to cover in one weekend. The day finished off when a bunch of the lifters went over to Tony Roma's for dinner. It was a great day of fellowship and fun.
Saturday--The day I had been training for the last 6 months. It was finally here and I was constantly reminding myself to live in the moment and enjoy everything about this trip. The competittion got started in the early afternoon and I recorded the entire meet. The first flight of benchers were great with some fantastic lifting. I lifted in the second flight and opened with 424 lbs. It went up like a rocket and felt very light.(see video) My second attempt was 512lbs. I was wearing a Titan Fury and took the weight at arms length, got the start and press commands then exploded the weight upward. I drove hard through the lockout and racked the weight. I arose unsure what the lights would be due to some uneveness, but joyfully I recieved 3 white lights.(see video) Praise Adonai! The 512 locked in the Gold, so I decided to go for a 3rd attempt PR of 529. Joe Dematteo & Jules Pelligrino helped tweaked the shirt a little more. I felt ready to attempt a PR. Taking the weight at arms length felt light, I got the press command & the weight came off the chest more forcefully than the 512, but I faltered at the top of the lift and the spotters took the weight. Not today, but soon. The Aruban media at the meet took a tremendous amount of pictures and video footage. Here is a link to the 385 pictures that the local radio station took. Just click on the link
The lifting highlight of the meet was the 606 lb Bench Press by IPF World Champion Dennis Cieri!(video very soon) The personal highlight was when I had the Gold medal placed on my neck and the stood on the podium as the National Anthem played(see video). It was a moment that I don't believe I will ever forget. Praise God!
After alll the awards and lifting and fun had in Aruba, I want to thank a few people for this great memory. Robert Keller & William Woodley, Thank You gentlemen for running such a great meet and especially Robert for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Team USA. I am very thankful & grateful. To all my friends and family members who sent text messages throughout out the weekend, Thank You. Words cannot express how much those messages encouraged and motivated me. I am very thankful for each and every text I recieved. Thank You! To all the members of Team USA, it was a great pleasure and joy to meet and spend time getting to know all of you. To all the staff and international lifters, especially William Woodley, thank you for sharing this moment in all our lives. You are all my friends and I hope to see you again. To Dr Hugo Velazquez, thanks for helping me with a ride to the airport. I greatly enjoyed our conversation we had while waiting for our flight and in the competition. I hope to see you again soon my friend!
Thank you to all all of the online support I recievd, I really appreciated it. Thank You!
I hope to do it all again in Costa Rica on September 2008!
USA all the way!!!!
Here are the flags, 424 & 512 bench presses, medal presentation & the National Anthem video....
Last edited by Buffman; 10-29-2007 at 09:26 PM.
Congrats!!! How come you did 424 bench raw then put the shirt on?
Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
Thanks for the comment.
I opened raw so I could guarantee that I got a clean lift in. I have never bombed at a meet and don't plan to start. This was an IPF meet and they are strict, so I wanted to make sure I had a lift on the board before I got into my shirt.
I usually open raw and shirt the last 2 attempts.
Great lifting! What weight class did you compete in?
Thanks for the writeup as well!
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Excellent work. Congratulations.
Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220
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Thanks for the comments guys. I appreciate them a lot!
I compete in the 220 lb class. I usually weigh around 213.
I appreciate the comment.
Have a great day!
i saw it over on power watch.
Very inspiring you blew up that opener! Much more to come I'm sure.
Remember, to get big, you have to get strong. The two are interconnected. Lift heavy, work hard, and size will come. Like night follows day. It works. Arnold
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Thanks for the comments, I really appreciate them!
I sure hope there is more to come. I am looking to go over 450 RAW and 540 equipped in the next few months. Of course eevrything has to go right, but it just may happen.
USA all the way!
awsome dude! I love your videos haha !!
I will post more videos when I get back to training soon!
I also have a few more videos from the IPF/NAPF meet to post of other lifters great performances!
Keep an eye out for them!
When did the IPF start using a press command?
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Great lifting. You represented the U.S.A. in outstanding manner!
Can't wait 'til tomorrow, 'cause I get stronger every day!
Nice job, Buffman. I hope my raw and shirted bench get to where yours is someday. I'm just about 5 lbs lighter than you, so it's impressive to see those kinds of numbers from someone my size. Way to represent!
Thanks for the nice comments.
I appreciate them.
Go for the weight and train hard, plus get lots of rest!
You can do it and even more!
also what is your height??
and the IPF has always used a press command as far as i know.
I am a TALL 5'6 or 5'7 on a good day!
The IPF stopped using the press command for a few years and added the start command. The lifter had to make a self pause.
The rule was changed this past year, 2006, to re-add the press command with the start and rack commands. Personally I like all 3 commands because it takes a lot of control out of the judges hands and put it in the lifters.