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Interview With Christine Beauchamp

Christine Beauchamp

How did you become interested in Powerlifting?

I have always admired powerlifters, strongmen, and Olympic lifters. When I first got into training I wanted to compete in figure, but that didn’t last too long. After thinking about it for awhile and talking to friends who competed in powerlifiting, I decided to give it a go. Got hooked after my first meet.

What lifters do you look up to?

First and foremost, my coach Eric Brown. He has done a lot for me, and without his assistance over the past 1.5 years I highly doubt I would be where I am now. He has changed my approach to training drastically, and has been a great support to me.
Other lifters I respect and admire a lot would be Jennifer Thompson, Becky Rich, Suzanne Hartwig-Gary (Sioux-Z), Benedikt Magnusson, Derek Poundstone, Cara Heads, Aneta florczyk, and Louie Simmons.

What are you totaling at the moment?

My current total is 679. My short-term goal is to get to 800.

What are your goal lifts to hit in a meet?

In the short-term: 290/135/300.

What does your training routine look like?

At the moment I’m on a sort of bastardized variation of Westside. I follow Westside principles and a lot of the teachings, as well as the basic template (upper/lower; ME/DE) and approach to structuring workouts, but have adjusted it based off of what has been working well for me, and what equipment I have to work with.
A standard week would look like this:
Monday: DE Lower
Tuesday: DE Upper
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: ME Lower
Friday: ME Upper
Saturday: Conditioning
Sunday: OFF

Accessory exercises are done after the main movements. If I need to cut some weight I’ll add in another day of conditioning or some slow cardio so long as it’s not cutting into my recovery and strength.

do you switch up between pl style and bb style type training?

Not really. Powerlifting is my focus, and unless I have some sort of injury that is actually preventing me from training in a powerlifting style, I won’t do only BB training.

    

What type of squatting stance do you prefer?

I’m actually still trying to play around with my squat stance a little, but generally speaking I squat about shoulder width with toes pointed slightly out.

What’s your favorite accessory exercise?

I have quite a few. But any type of deadlift or deadlift variation, and front squats would be my all-time favorites I think.

What would you say your strongest body part is?

Going to go with legs.

What’s the best PR you’ve ever hit?

When I pulled a 300 lb. deadlift for the first time that was pretty big for me. Also the first time I squatted 225, and the first time squatting 260 in competition.

What’s your favorite food to eat when trying to gain weight?

Cereal. Particularly granola. And cookies. Also steak. But that’s good any time.

What supplements are a staple in your diet?

Fish oil, creatine, protein powder, B-complex, vitamin C, multi.

Do you think powerlifting is beneficial to women looking to achieve a more bodybuilder type physique?

It depends on how you are eating and training, and how much hypertrophy work you include with your routine.

Do you have any advice for women who want to get into powerlifting?

Don’t be afraid of weights. Your body can achieve whatever your mind allows it to. Don’t put limits on yourself, whether that’s age, genetics, height, weight, gender, whatever. Remember that everyone had to start somewhere, so if you’re just beginning and aren’t seeing gains as much as you’d like to, don’t worry about it. Just keep pushing. It’s a journey, not a race.
Also, don’t get caught up in the hype that it isn’t feminine. Strong is sexy.

When and where is your next meet?

My next meet will be May 12th, in Scarborough (Ontario).

You can view more of Christine’s videos here.

Jennifer Thompson Talks With Seriouspowerlifting

Jennifer Thompson

Have you always been a gifted athlete?

No, I wouldn’t say “gifted”, I would say “hard working”. In high school I was a distance runner. I was at the top of our team mainly because I worked hard. I showed up to practice every day and gave it all I had. I have never been good at sports that required a lot of skill, such as softball or basketball.

How did you get into powerlifting?

I had been working out with my husband for a couple of years and walked up on a bench press competition in Venice Beach, CA. Once I saw that, I new this was my sport. I had been surfing the net trying to find something I could do with the strength I was gaining while working out with my husband. I didn’t want to do bodybuilding. Fitness wasn’t the right fit either. I loved the thought of powerlifting because it is based on who is the strongest no matter what they look like.

What does your training look like?

My training changes based on whether my next competition is going to be raw or equipped. Mainly, I have a heavy week and a speed week. My heavy week involves static holds and heavy set work. My speed week uses bands and I work on my single max lifts. When I have a long period between competitions I do a 12 week workout that starts with exercises at 10 reps and works it way down to 5 reps. I use this to build up my base strength.

What training principles is your routine based on?

Team Thompson

Our training routine is constantly evolving. My husband is the creator of our workouts and he uses his background in kinesology to determine which exercises we should add or eliminate. But mainly, I think there are a lot of good routines out there, but if you don’t put in the effort they are worthless. I put forth 100% effort each set. There is not a day that goes by that my muscles aren’t sore. I also make sure I don’t get stuck in a rut by trying to do the same weight over and over again. We have a rule in our gym, if your sets aren’t improving each workout you have to drop 10 to 15 pounds on that exercise and work on the speed of the lift. I find over and over again, once I drop the weight in another week or two I am moving past the weight I was stuck on.

What accessory exercise do you believe best supplements the bench press?

If you really break down the bench press there are many smaller exercises that can enhance the lift. I use 6 inch lockouts to help out the top end of the lift. I do close grip bench to improve my tricep strength, pull downs for my back because that is the first think I push with off my chest.

Do you rotate different variations of the deadlift such as conventional? Do you also pull from the floor every week or do you substitute with partials (rackpulls).

I only pull sumo. I want to practice this lift constantly and work on building the pressure needed to get the weight off the floor. On my heavy week I perform three sets of two with the heaviest weight I can handle. On speed week I perform five sets of three off of a three inch box. On both of these days I also include rack pulls but at different heights.


    

Do you incorporate any bands/chains in your training?

I use bands on my speed week. I use them on the bench press and on the squat. I love the bands on the squat because it allows you to use a heavier weight than you can normally handle. I can get used to handling these weights and work on my speed out of the bottom. On bench, they make the lift much more difficult. If you don’t have speed off the bottom of the lift, odds are you aren’t going to be able to finish. It really works that bottom end speed.

Are you an advocate of box squats?

I don’t know if I would say “advocate” because I absolutely hate them! But yes, they are a great exercise for gaining bottom end strength.

How do you peak for a meet?

I plan my workouts 10-12 weeks out. I have done this long enough to be well in-tuned with my body and know what it can handle. I am usually getting pretty achy and sore by the end, but am at my top strength. If I feel like I am getting over trained I drop off some of the accessory exercises, but most often I am dead on with being ready.

What kind of approach do you take to dieting?

I don’t prescribe myself a very specific diet. I am bound by my weight class that doesn’t allow me sway very far from it. I try to keep all my intake to two grams of carbs for every gram of protein. I also try to get in about 150grams of protein a day. As I get closer to a competition I usually have to dial down the carbs to make weight.

402lb squat

Can you give a sample outline of what you eat on a training day compared to a rest day?

Honestly, the only thing that changes on my training day is my pre workout drink, post workout drink and a maintain drink.

What kind (if any) supplements do you take?

I start each morning out with a Quest Ana- Pro shake in chocolate with milk. I have my Jacked Stacked Creatine on my rest days. On workout days 20 minutes prior to my workout I drink half of my SSP Pre workout drink. It has a mixture of creatine, amino acids and caffeine. I drink the other half during the first part of my workout. This stuff is amazing. I have the best, most energetic workouts with this drink. After my workout I have SSP’s Post workout drink. This really helps with my recovery. After dinner I have the SSP maintain protein drink. During the day I usually have two Promax protein bars – I love the nutty butter!

Plan on breaking any more records anytime soon?

I just broke the IPF World Bench Press Record – equipped 331lbs. I would like to continue and break more USAPL raw records and conquer some All-Time records.

Jennifer Thompson at NOTLD

When and where is your next meet?

I plan on lifting at the USAPL Raw Challange at the Arnold Classic in March and then the IPF World Cup in Sweden in June. I would like to make some big improvements in my squats – they have always been my weakness. I have big plans for breaking records in 2012! :)


I would like to thank my husband/coach. He is amazing and always focused on me and my accomplishments. I have had some great sponsors over the years as well. SSP Nutrition is an amazing product, the proof is in its’ owner, Dennis Cieri. I have been sponsored by Inzer Advance Designs for the last ten years. Their equipment and customer service is amazing! I also need to thank Sherman Ledford at Quest Nutrition for his awesome supplements and support of powerlifting.

Check out Jen’s website 132poundsofpower.com and keep up with her training and view some more of her videos here.