Lisa Guggisberg-MEET RECAP.

I competed this past weekend in Fort Myers at the RPS Conquest meet.   Overall it was a great meet and I accomplished almost everything I wanted to accomplish.

“Weight cut”

I didn’t do a true weight cut for the meet. I was sitting at 125lbs in the AM so 2lbs really isn’t a weight cut to me. I did do a little water load, easiest way for me to get the two pounds off without having to sacrifice strength via reduced caloric intake and extra cardio.

We got down to Fort Myers early Thursday afternoon and hung out at the hotel and relaxed. My weight was sitting around 121lbs so I was able to eat and drink. Slept like crap even after taking sleep aid and melatonin.

Got up at 4:30 am on Friday because I wasn’t sleeping anyways and meet Brian downstairs and headed to weigh in’s. I weighed in at 121lbs. Stuffed my face with French toast and other slutty, bad food at breakfast and started hydrating. I did my usual cocktail to rehydrate consisting of Pedilyte, three scoops of powder Gatorade, two scoops of creatine, two scoops of BCAA’s and two scoops of glutamine.

Pretty much spent the day eating, napping and drinking. We did take a ride out to the beach and did some old people stuff like seashell hunting.

Later in the day I meet Brian down stairs and we did a light workout to move some bloat around and get the blood flowing. Did some birddogs, McGill crunches, rolling planks, barbell rows, goblet squats, shoulder presses, side raises, banded pushdowns, banded pulldowns and walking lunges. They had the monolift sit up in the warmup room so I worked on my set up and unracking off the mono.

Took a long hot shower hoping it would relax me enough that I could get some sleep. I slept slightly better than the night before but it still was far from perfect sleep.


Woke up around 6:30 took a hot shower and ate my normal breakfast of oatmeal and protein. Headed downstairs.

Meet had a pretty good amount of people in it so the warm up room got a little hectic at times. There were two flights but no AM/PM sessions, just two big flights so getting everyone on the team warmed up and ready really was a team effort. Some of the Team Samson guys were also lifting in this meet so we had some extra hands which was a huge help.


I did my normal warm up of McGill big 3, and goblet squats.   The warm up room was freezing cold so I had to keep sweats on pretty much the whole time right up until I stepped on the platform. Squat warm ups felt good. I adjusted my set up under the bar as I wasn’t standing up straight when I unracked.

Opener 315#. My squat opener was a cluster fuck. At one point I was 6 out and getting ready, wraps and belt in hand and just waiting. Apparently some openers got changed and they moved the order around and next thing I knew they bar was loaded and I was up. Todd and Wayne tried to get me wrapped as quick as possible, and even had to redo one knee wrap, not a perfect wrap but I dealt with it as I was in a complete panic that I was going to get timed out. Got up to the platform and looked like Bambi in the headlights as I was still flustered and feeling rushed.   I rushed my set up and came out of the rack leaning forward and it took me some time to settle and stabilize. At some point my mind went blank and I just squatted. Couldn’t tell you how the squat went, couldn’t tell you if it was light or fast. No recollection.   Saw three white lights and I let Todd call my next attempt.

Next attempt 355#. I came out of the rack leaning a little forward again but able to settle faster. Got the squat and felt strong. Prior to the meet Brian and I discussed that if the 355 felt good I would go for the 370 triple bodyweight, if the 355 was a grinder I would forgo my third attempt and save it for bench and deadlift. The 355 felt light and the speed was good so I was going for 370.

Third attempt 370#. Keith talked me through my set up. Gave me the right commands and helped me get my head right. By far my best set up and by far the fastest squat. Everything felt great except I didn’t hit depth. I was heartbroken to say the least. I wanted that squat so bad and it felt great except I didn’t follow through and get depth. Heartbreaking, had my moment and pouted for about 5 minutes and moved on and got busy helping the guys get ready for their squats.

Ended with a 20 pound meet PR which is nothing to pout about.


Warm ups felt good and got nod of approval from Brian that everything looked good.

Opened with 140#. Bar flew off the chest.

Second 165#. Again bar flew off the chest and I blew through my usual sticking point. I had Todd call my next attempt.

Third 180#. Bar came off the chest about two inches, I flared, lost my back and couldn’t push through my sticking point. I fought it but as soon as I lost my back it was a futile fight.

Good news, I know what I need to work to fix my bench and what I will be doing between now and the Arnold. This was also a 10 pound meet PR. Brian noted that I was approaching high school sophomore boy bench weight.


At this point it was a long day. I was tired and energy was low. I was sitting there thinking I need to do something to wake up and get this done. Warm ups felt good. I pulled 135 x 5, 185 x 2, 225 x 1, 275 x 1. At this point there was no need to do an exhaustive warm up. I was tired, I had been running around helping the team and didn’t need an excessive warm up that would just waste needed energy.

Not sure exactly what happened, what switch I flipped but for the first time ever I was able to pull with some controlled aggression and anger which was exactly what I needed.

315# opener, easy. Flew up.

355# second. Can’t remember too much about this pull. Todd said there is no way I could have moved the bar any faster than what I did and form was locked in.

370# third attempt. Normally this is where I get in my own head and psych myself out. For the first time ever I walked up to the bar, didn’t over think my set-up, just directed my anger at the bar and pulled. I was shocked at how fast the bar came off the floor. Locked it out and peed on the platform. I just wanted to make sure the bar knew who the boss was so I decided that an act of defiance such as peeing on it would send the message.

This was a 20lb meet PR.

Overall it was a successful meet. Ended with a 890 total at 121 bodyweight. 20lb PR’s on my squat and deadlift, 10lb PR on my bench and 50lb’s added to my total. Brian set me up with a great program that really pushed me physically and mentally.

Brian, Byrd, Clint had really solid days along with Team Samson’s Shane Ford, Shane Shepperd and Filipe Gusmao. Filipe suffered a tricep injury and wishing him a speedy recovery.

I want to give a huge thank you to Wayne Pullum, Danny Bellmore, Keith Price and Jordan Wong for all the help. Everyone jumped in and helped get the job done. It was an Allstar team effort by these guys. Todd my hubby is a saint for dealing with my grumpy ass. He is an outstanding handler. I know I am difficult at times and I truly appreciate him and everything he does for me.



Next up is some time off, a short offseason and then ARNOLD PREP! I’ve got some pretty big goals in mind and need to put in some work.

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A self-proclaimed former high school band nerd turned meathead nerd, Lisa has been coached and mentored by Brian Carroll using 10/20/Life principals for 3 years. She started CrossFiting in 2006 but gave that up after realizing all she wanted to do was squat, bench and deadlift heavy. She now competes as a raw and multi-ply powerlifter in the 114 and 123 weight classes. Lisa has All-Time top 10 totals in both raw and multi-ply in her respective weight classes with a raw pro total of 936 lbs at 114 and a pro 1118 lb multi-ply pro total at 123 and 1090 lb multi-ply total at 114. She is currently ranked the #1 female multi-ply lifter at 123, #2 at 114 multi-ply female and #3 raw with wraps. Lisa has a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration, but hates politics and political debates. She is a mom of two, a firefighter wife and has worked as a full time litigation paralegal for almost 20 years.
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