Lisa Guggisberg Meet Write Up-Part 2 MEET DAY

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.


I went to bed early. Got up and ate my usual breakfast of oats and protein. I never change my first meal on meet day, stick to what my body knows. We got to meet site early. I started warming up with McGill big three after the rules briefing. I knew it was gonna get crazy in warm ups with one mono but I was leaving it to my handler to help make sure I got my turn on the mono. Brian, Ria, Jason, Byrd and Channing showed up not too long after and it was a good feeling knowing my team would be there if I needed them.


Squat Warm ups felt great, everything felt light, hips felt great. I should’ve been pumped and ready to go but that little voice in my head got the best of me. I was super nervous, jittery and really self doubting. I asked Todd what he thought about dropping my opener to 315 since I was really nervous. He told me no, he wouldn’t do it and told me I was more than ready. Brian came over talked some sense into me. I had, as Brian said, the knife on my throat and ready to cut. Thankfully Brian and Todd talked me out of it.

330 opener:

Slow and knees caved. Didn’t care because I buried it and I was in the meet. As soon as I racked it I smiled at Todd and told him lets go have a big day.

Second Attempt: 347.5

Solid. Knees stayed out, moved better than opener. Confidence was back.

Third Attempt 375:

Set up was off. Came off rack shaking and never really settled in. Went down and it felt off the whole way down. Cut it short and re-racked it. I told myself not worth fighting it and risking injury. I was in the meet.

Confidence was resorted, it was game on.

Brian was looking great in warm ups and I knew it was going to be a great day for him.


I was pretty excited to bench and by this point I was having fun. I was most confident in my bench after all the work I had put into it with the help of Paul key.

150 opener:

Flew up. I could’ve pushed back into the rack more though.

Second Attempt 170:

Again fast and easy and was pretty confident going into third.

Third Attempt 180:

Felt great, set up was on point. Felt like the press command was forever, came off my chest fast but just couldn’t push through my sticking point.

I was ok, 170 was a huge 30lb pr at this weight class. Nothing to complain about but definently not satisfied.

Brian had a little trouble with his shirt blowing out but took it like the pro he is and luckily came out injury free.


By this point I was feeling great. I was having fun and the adrenaline was kicking.

Opener 350:

Cake, easy and fast.

Second Attempt 386:

Orginal plan was 380 but started running numbers and I knew I was close to 900 total. I told Todd to put in whatever I needed to break 900. 386 felt fast and easy. Walked off platform in peacock fashion with a huge smile because I knew I had just secured a 903 total

Third Attempt 402:

Todd and I discussed a world record attempt. I was caught off guard and mentally wasn’t ready for it. Decided on 402. Broke it off the ground, got excited that it broke so fast, ready to fight it up. 3-4 inches off the ground I lost my back, lats not locked and I started getting the dreaded cat back. Felt some pulling on low back that was not normal and brain started telling me danger so I made decision not to fight it up and grind it out, I was in a bad spot/form to grind it and I wanted to save my back to lift another day.

Walked off with a smile. And that’s why we do this right?! 903 total at 114. 63lb Total PR and PR on all three lifts. Happy but not satisfied. I had all around PR’s and walked out healthy, that’s a good day.

Brian was having a great day. I switched my focus to helping him finish strong. Channing, Jason and Byrd where on point handling Brian so I just jumped in as another set of hands to hold shit and be a gofer. Brian ended with a 2651 total at 242. I love watching him lift. The true definition of a pro. Proud of my coach, teammate and friend.

Todd, as always, did a great job handling me. I admit I can be difficult but he handles me like the pro he is. He’s my voice of reason and anchor. I would never be able to do this without him.

Jonathan Byrd thanks for keeping me motivated and believing I was gonna have a good day.

Ria was a huge help making sure we were all feed with her awesome Pb&j’s on hand. And as always I have the best time with her. I can’t wait to see her kill it on the platform in May.

Brian did all my programming and coaching for this prep. He kept me motivated and had me peaking just right. I can’t thank him enough for believing in me and everything he’s done for me.  My best total before working with Brian was 565 at 114.  3 years later he’s added 338lbs to my total. Numbers don’t lie.

Gracie V ran a great meet and I’ll be back next year for sure. She wanted a meet with the best of the best with big prize money and she did that. Love that she has set the bar high and pioneering a meet of this caliber in the states.

So what’s next? This offseason and meet prep is gonna pretty fucking exciting. Big plans in the works. Stay tuned bitches!

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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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