I watched your video and was very impressed. You are quite an impressive physical specimen. In fact, when I first saw the back shot on your video promo page at your site I thought "My god, it looks like she's wearing some huge shoulder pads or body armor under that shirt!" But obviously, that was your massive back muscles.
The video was good quality and I am also impressed with your strong-minded, confident, no-nonsense personality that came across. You are a monster in the gym, I could really see the intensity on those deadlifts.
Your routine was great... heavy compound movements are the ways to get big and strong. I also don't powerlift now, focusing more on bodybuilding but with powerlifting movements as the core of my routine. I may try some powerlifting in the future.
Congratulations on your first video and I look forward to the next one. Keep up the good work, you're a great role model.
One day a couple of years ago, Kathy Roberts gave me some tips on how to maximize my deadlift. She gave me a lot of hints on how to use my gluts and hams and also gave me pointers on the style of the deadlift. She worked with me for a while to get my technique right.
Kathy's back routine is absolutely the best way to go, especially the deadlift. Her style, sumo, saves from wear and tear on the back. I am taller and I find that the sumo style works great for me. One thing guaranteed, with the sumo style, is that once you get it moving, it will go up. With conventional, you'll get it off the floor and get stuck. I've tried both styles and sumo style has been the most successful for me.
In the time that I trained with Kathy and her back routine, my increase of weight in the deadlift went up at least 100 pounds. I've only done two full competitions. In my first competition, I weighed in around 212 pounds, and I pulled a 580 pound deadlift. A year later, which was October of 1999, I competed in the USAPL state competition, and pulled a 640 pound deadlift at a body weight of 214. I benched 430 pounds, drug free.
Two weeks later, I went back to the gym a pulled a 650 pound deadlift. I'm look forward to a bigger deadlift for my next competition.
KATHY'S back routine definitely works!!!!!
Well I wanted to let you know I got your tape and I watched it with my son who trains with my brother and I and my daughter who wanted to see "The woman who calls me". Great tape but guess what, you stole my back routine. Keith and I have always stuck to the basics and have had great results. The secret, as you state in your video, is not the newest or most complex training methods, but simple basic training married with FOCUS!!!! The people that I work with have always wondered how can a non-degreed person have progressed so far with a world leadin manufacturing company. Well guess what, the secret is FOCUS, MOTIVATION, SELF CONFIDENCE and DETERMINATION!!! I believe that you and I both have all of these attributes and more because I can see it in the way you carried yourself in the tape. So, Stay FOCUSED and keep your eye on the Prize. The only person who can stop you is .... guess who? YOU!!!!!! Keep the faith and GET STRONG!!!!
Kevin Bourassa, World Champion "Life Time Drug Free" Powerlifter
It was pretty intense! It was neat to see you "live".
Barefoot deadlifting? Interesting. You're definitely open-minded. That totally makes sense to train under less advantageous conditions than those with which you have to compete under. It makes it seem like a luxury when you have shoes, and wraps....
I did find it hard to believe you were once a tennis player/ long-distance runner after watching the tape. :) Not because you're not athletic, because you obviously are. But just because your body must have changed so much since then. I couldn't see Martina Hingis doing deadlift sets at 345 lbs., that's all. Or Pete Sampras for that matter.
Anup (Professional Baseball Scout)