Showing posts from December, 2014

2014 Training recap, progress in the gym but not much to show for it on the platform

After hitting a milestone squat widomaker PR last week, I decided to take the rest of the year off to let all the aches and pains (not related to the squat workout) recover.  Holiday bulking has only resulted in about a 3 lb weight gain so that's not too bad for about 3 weeks (from the start of one company holiday party to now) of mostly ad libitum eating (yay pasta, pizza, hamburgers, chocolate, beer!).

Looking back at my training recap from 2013, it's a little discouraging that there has been so little objective competition progress:

Competition Goals and Results for 2013:

Squat:             240 kgs     actual 222.5 kgs (November 2013)
Bench Press:  160 kgs     actual 155 kgs  (June 2013)
Deadlift:         295 kgs     actual 285 kgs  (June 2013)
Total:             695 kgs      actual 660 kgs (June 2013)

Since I didn't hit any of my 2013 goals in 2013, I kept them the same for 2014.

In 2014, I didn't hit any of those competition goals either.

Squat goal:  240 kgs
I was…

Week 3, foundation and a 3 plate widowmaker PR

Earlier today I was tagged to post a "workoutpout" picture.  Since I don't really do selfies, the best I could do was crop a picture of me lifting something.  As it happens, my face at the bottom of a squat is nearly indistinguishable from the face I make when I'm battling a bowel obstruction.  So I posted that.

A fellow lifter asked what I was thinking at that point.  Being too dimwitted to think of a snappy retort, I tried to answer truthfully.  And it was surprising to me that I really don't think anything with much conviction at the bottom of a squat.  Which is weird because the thought that goes through my mind when I'm on the platform and trying to pull a heavy deadlift off the floor is something like:
That basica…

2nd week training recap. Foundation building

Another week of training in the books.  Work on a wider stance squat is going pretty well, I'm still working with relatively light weight but the groove feels pretty good.  I switched back to my Crain's Power Shoes because they have less of a heel than my Adidas Power Perfect 2's.  The only thing I'm dealing with is some irksome tendonitis at the origin of my left hamstring.  I don't know which muscle it is exactly in the 'hamstring' complex that's being over-tensioned but the attachment at the ischial tuberosity is pretty tender and I'm not sure why.  I don't remember any specific incident where it felt like it tweaked but it just sorta built up to where it just doesn't want to loosen up in a reasonable amount of time.  I guess I'll try massaging it out and seeing if just goes away.

Earlier this week I tried the 8x8 set/rep scheme in the squat and it was interesting.  I've never done that one before and it's a bit of a mental b…

1st week post-meet, everything feels normal again

This week of training is over and things finally started to feel normal by today.  I was able to get in 5 times during the week.  Mostly just getting in some volume and working through some post-meet soreness.  The last couple workouts I've been working on a wider squat stance to see if it'll will help keep my torso more upright.  Today I worked with the wider stance and flat shoes and it felt pretty good with a light work weight.  I can definitely feel different muscles working so at the very least, it'll be a nice change of pace.

I also spent this week looking through some old powerlifting stuff I had saved from my first competitive period.  I found a program from the first state meet I entered back in March 1988.  Looking at the lifter list, it was amazing just how much powerlifting has grown over the years. Back in 1988, powerlifting in California was dominated by two federations, the USPF and the ADFPA (the precursor to the USAPL).  One might've thought that power…

1st week post-meet, slowly getting back into it

Today was supposed to be an AM and a PM workout but I'm still too sore and too tired to get in for the PM workout so it was just some light hip hinge stuff this morning and some accessory work.

Snatch grip stiff legged deadlifts:  135x10, 185x10, 225x10x5 sets

Parallel grip chins:  5, 5, 5

Hoist crunch machine:  70x12, 70x12

1st week, Post-meet, bench press

It was back to the routine today.  AM workout and then starting the repeating cycle of laundry and food prep.  I still have more bodyfat to cut before I can start training at a caloric surplus so I'll probably be on calorie restriction for another 8 weeks or so.  After I get down to my target of 215 or so, I'm going to try to maintain between 215-220 for another 4 weeks before slowly building back up to an "end of day, fully food and drink bloated" 230-233.  Assuming I can get there with more muscle than I currently carry in that same state and weight, I should be stronger.   We'll see.  That's at least 6 months away and right about when I'll probably be competing again.  If, and that's a big "if", I don't make multiple rookie mistakes again, maybe I'll get those PR's I should've gotten last weekend.

It wasn't hard to get out of bed this morning but it was hard to lift weights.  I'm still pretty sore from this weekend…