Lisa Guggisberg: Week 1 Offseason

“This sickness, if you will, is part of what drives people to be successful, it’s drive, it’s the intense desire to win.  It’s part of being unbalanced. I admit that I am sometimes and sometimes more than others.  I really make an effort to be able to turn this off and turn it on only when it’s time.  Because it can really mess your head up.”—Brian Carroll

Brian recently wrote this in his Arnold meet write up and it really hit home for me.  It also reaffirmed my decision to not do the Women’s Pro Am in April.  The Arnold was my third multiply meet in a row and it had really taken a toll on me physically and mentally.  I need a break.  I am so completely unbalanced during meet prep and it finally caught up to me.  It’s time to take a step back and repair during the offseason.  It was time to turn it off.


I didn’t want to push myself into another meet and pray for a good day, pray that the wind blew in the right direction, pray to the powerlifting gods that all the stars align and I have a perfect meet.  I wasn’t ready mentally or physically for another meet so I made the right decision and pulled the plug.

I got with Tucker Loken and we came up with a plan to do some powerbuilding and focus on some weak points.  So far I am really enjoying just lifting to lift, high reps, more body building type movements, I am enjoying not being strictly regimented to a training schedule.  Most women spend their Saturdays shopping or doing whatever normal females do but I have spent the last 30 plus Saturdays training.  I’m not complaining by any means, it’s MY CHOICE to do this.

Here’s how this week has gone so far:

Sunday Glute/hamstring work

  • Laying leg curl 4 x 12 last two sets drop set with forced reps
  • DB stiff leg deadlifts 4×12
  • Walking lunges 4×20 each leg
  • Seat hamstring curls 4×12-15
  • Belt squat/shark pit 4×20
  • McGill Big 3

Tuesday Back work

  • Single arm lat pulldowns 4 x 8-12
  • Single arm DB rows 4 x 8-12
  • Cable lat pull over subset with DB lat pullover 4 x 10-15
  • Hammer Strength machine rows 4x 10-15
  • McGill Big 3

I’ll put a bar on my back and pull this Saturday for some high rep 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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