Emily Wilcox’s Meet Report 4-29-17: Iron Mayhem Classic

*This meet report was written by my wife Emily herself. I want you guys to get the genuine version of the story from her and she’s someone who should really be heard and learned from. She’s been lifting weights since long before we met and has pushed herself physically and academically to be the absolute best she can be in lifting ventures as well as her profession of physical therapy.  I’m often a little protective of her in training suggesting more conservative decisions but she has really evolved into a smart, experienced lifter who knows what she’s doing and doesn’t need me or anyone to do that for her.  I couldn’t be more proud of her results in her first geared meet or of the person she has become as a result of her hard work and discipline.*


After a disappointing go at geared lifting 3+ years ago, I decided to get back on the saddle. I haven’t trained specifically for powerlifting in quite some time so I chose a meet and decided to do it, no matter what. Getting back in gear was no easy task. My stances got wider, my face got more purple, the weights got heavier, and my low back stayed a little irritated. But to my surprise, I never really felt bad or beat up the entire meet prep until after the last heavy squat session where I reverse band squatted 705 to a close parallel. I also decided since it was my first meet in gear – and powerlifting meet in general in quite some time, I was not going to cut weight. I was going to stay where I was at and weigh in comfortably.

I weighed in at 197.6 – right where I should have and the husband treated me to a nice breakfast at IHOP where I began carb-loading myself for the day ahead. I hydrated myself well and I even worked half a day in the afternoon. We met up with my lifting sister Morgan and her boyfriend Dustin for dinner at a buffet, as he was lifting the next day also, to continue carb loading. I was so tired at 9 pm, I laid out some clothes for the next day and went to bed to get some rest before a big day of heavy lifting.

Saturday was here and I was a nervous wreck, per usual. Derek always makes sure I keep my head on and even packed my lifting gear the night before.


I was in the middle of the second flight for squats so I had plenty of time for stretching, warm ups, and rolling. Even some old training partners showed up to the meet, so we had plenty of help and some nice reunion time.

Warm-ups – hip flexor, adductor, hamstring stretches, foam roll IT bands, lunges

Bar x5

155 x 3

245 x 2

Inzer Predator Briefs on

335 x 2

Suit on

425 x 1

475 x 1

Gripper Wraps

By the way, I may be the luckiest woman in the world to have one of the best knee wrappers in the business as my husband.

525 x 1


570, went down and came up easy.


615, for some reason I was unusually bent over forward and my form just kept me from coming up.


615 repeat, felt like I buried it and it moved up fast like it should have.



Bench warm ups – circles with 5#, modified pull ups, tricep extensions

Bar x5

95 x 5

135 x 5

185 x 2

Blue SDP on

225 x 2

275 x 1


305, felt very easy. Bench felt the best it had this whole training cycle.


335, moved faster than the opener.


355, both hamstrings cramped simultaneously after the press command and I just couldn’t finish it.



Deadlift…oh, deadlift.

Warm ups – hamstring/adductor stretching, leg swings

135 x 3

Inzer power pants on

225 x 3

Suit on

315 x 1 – suit felt super off in different areas and I just could not get set up right.

405 x 1 – terrible lift. I could not get myself in a good position to pull and my legs were sticky from being hot and sweaty. After I pulled it, I fell backwards. Nothing was hurt but my pride, oh well.


435 and it moved like an opener should once I got my stuff together and baby powdered my legs.


470, this was a PR and it also moved well.


500, barely moved. A prior strained glute from a year ago that has also been bothering me just did not want to work.



I ended up with a 1420 total for my first geared meet. Of course, I wanted that 500 pound deadlift, but it just wasn’t meant for this day. It’s time to get on that hyper trophy train, take care of this left glute strain, and come back for more.





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Derek Wilcox

Derek Wilcox is a multi-faceted strength athlete currently living in Tennessee with his wife, Emily. He is studying at East TN State for Sport Physiology and Performance. He works through Renaissance Periodization as a Nutrition and Training Consultant and has an impressive personal list of strength accomplishments. Strongman since 2009, National Meet Qualifier in Weightlifting in 2009 at 94kg and 105kg. Class A Highland Games Athlete since 2009. Elite PL Totals at 165, 181, 198, and 220. Pro Totals in 181, 198, 220. All time WR Squat at 181 with a 935. Lightest to ever squat 1000 pounds doing it at 194 pounds. His best meet lifts are 1000 squat at 198, 565 bench at 220 and 725 deadlift at 220.
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