I just finished competing at the RPS US Open in San Diego, CA. Where I had a great day.  Squatted 347.5, benched 170 and pulled 386 for a 903 total at 114lbs.  Gracie V and Chris Bartl did a great job putting this meet together.  The roster was insane and I was excited to share the platform with some amazing lifters.


Some background going into this meet. I had an awful showing at the Arnold.  In fact I bombed on the squats.  I had the perfect training cycle leading up to the Arnold and I was pretty disappointed and my confidence was shaken pretty bad from the bomb.  I had about 6 weeks after the Arnold to compose myself and get my shit together before the RPS US Open.

Weight Cut

I continued to work with Joel Thomas who set up a custom diet program for me. He was able to get me down to 119lbs before I started my water load without ANY strength loss, in a great spot.  He was actually able to add a good amount of muscle and cut fat.  The man is a genius. I started water load on Friday 4/15.  I’ve learned in the past my body responds better if I start just 1-2 days earlier than a normal Sunday start.  Up to this point I was still running carbs.  Joel had pulled about 15 carbs each week so only a total of 30 carbs had been pulled from my baseline.  Small changes can make a big difference.  During the water load I was sitting about 118-119.  Wednesday night I chugged some Magnesium Citrate, good times right!?  Thursday am we started the long trip out to CA.  I was still eating carbs, usual oat and protein for breakfast but added in cucumber and asparagus with every meal, still drinking water but had reduced my intake.  I had my last carb meal around 11 am on Thursday and took some Shredd RX (OTC water pill).  I was concerned about holding water due to flying but Joel said that only happens when people don’t drink anything or not enough while flying so I continued to drink.  We landed about 11:45 pacific time in CA and I immediately went and checked my weight on Brian’s scale.  114.6 perfect, I could keep eating and drinking.  Had some chicken and veggies and spent the rest of the day relaxing and napping.  Went to bed around 10pm.  Woke up early Friday am and checked weight, 112.6.  I was pretty hungry and knew I would puke if I didn’t get some food in so I ate a Greek yogurt and sipped on some Gatorade.  Brian and I got to weigh ins pretty early. We were pretty much the first in line.  Jumped on scale 112.6, perfect!

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Pre weigh in’s

Started drinking a Pedilyte and got some breakfast down. We went back to the room to start an IV.  I wasn’t super dehydrated but I wanted an IV in me to me in the best condition I could be in.  This is where things went wrong.  We tried 4 times to get IV in. Veins were rolling, two started to blow.  It was a no go.  I called it after the fourth attempt because I wanted to be able to bench the next day.  I took next best option and chugged water with a lot of salt, about 10 sugar packets, BCAA’s and some Gatorade.  Knew I would be ok but just wish we could’ve gotten the IV in.  I spent the rest of the day eating, drinking and relaxing.   Got back up to 124. Had a great dinner with friends that night.  Took a good dose of melatonin and hit the hay around 10pm.


Post Weigh in bloat.


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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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