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Next week will be “p.r.” max out week… getting prepared for my next powerlifting meet!!!

My lifting is going really good. I have another powerlifting meet coming at the end of March so I’m getting prepared for that and taking this one seriously. I’ve been training hard for it for weeks. I haven’t done my 1 rep maxes and tested out my pr’s on bench, squat and deadlift in a long while so I’m going to do all that next week so I can practice my 3 attempts for each lift. At the next powerlifting meet, I want it to be my best day. I don’t want to miss any lifts and don’t want to get “red lights” at all. So I’m doing my very best on all three lifts.

On my last squats session, I was able to lift 135 lbs. for three reps which was great and something I never done before. So I’m predicting my “p.r.” on squats could be about 145 or 150, we’ll see.

For bench, I’m not sure what my latest p.r. on that is yet but I have been lifting 155 lbs. on my p.r. on that for a while so I’m hoping to be 160 or a little over.

For deadlift, while I didn’t max out today, I did do one heavy single at the end of my set which was 285 lbs. That lift was easy and a piece of cake. If I was able to lock out on that easy then that means I’ll probably smash 300 lbs. again and maybe more hopefully. We’ll see.

I want my total number of pounds to be higher at the next meet and I’m trying all I can.

I’m doing all I can now to make my deadlifts stronger. Lately, I’ve been doing bent over barbell rows, farmer’s walk with dumbbells (to help improve grip strength) and the barbell hip thrusts (for glutes). I’ve added these workouts to my program so I can improve my deadlifting and get stronger on that. Strong glutes are important and I’ve started doing workouts for the glutes ’cause having strong glutes will help improve squats and deadlifts. If you want a bigger deadlift and squats, you gotta have a strong ass and build your ass up as well. I’ve also gotten back into doing leg presses ’cause that helps improves deadlift and squats too.

I’m doing all I can to make my next powerlifting meet a great day. Each time I do a powerlifting meet, I’ll always want the next one to be better than the last one.

I don’t mean to sound like an egomaniac but I hope to thrill the spectators on this one and put on a freakin’ show.

The week before meet week, I’m going to have to settle down on the weight lifting by lifting lighter ’cause I don’t want to lose my strength. I want to save myself for March 30th so I can deadlift the big 300 lbs. or a little more.

Next week, I’m going to max out on all three lifts to find out my latest pr’s and after that, that’s it for a while until meet day. I learned that you don’t want to max out too often and that’s what I’m gonna do.

Getting stoked for my next powerlifting meet, though. They are a blast and I can see why it’s getting so popular and mainstream. Glad I got into powerlifting. I am getting stronger and stronger each week and lifting bigger weights every time.

Kev

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Keep getting nice compliments on my bodybuilding physique… my whole goal is to get huge as possible…

The nice compliments on my bodybuilding physique just keeps coming as I just got another one earlier today at the gym. I was in the locker room standing on the weight scale with my shirt off and some dude was looking at me and he simply said, “I don’t mean to bother you but you’re getting huge. You get huge each time I see you in here”. I just responded back with a simple, “Thank you. I work really hard”.

These are complete strangers giving me random compliments on my physique. These are the kind of people you want to get bodybuilding feedback from. You want to get feedback by people you don’t know. You don’t want to get feedback from family and friends about bodybuilding ’cause all they’re gonna do is give you positive feedback no matter what. If you want honest and true feedback, get them from complete strangers. When you’re getting a lot of compliments from complete strangers at random places, that’s when you know you’re getting successful in bodybuilding.

My whole goal in bodybuilding is to get huge as possible. Not overweight huge but muscular huge if you know what I mean by that. I want to look like those guys you see in the action movies and in pro wrestling. Yeah, I know people are going to start screaming “steroids” just like they accuse ALL successful bodybuilders of steroids but I really do believe it’s possible to get huge without juicing up. To get huge in bodybuilding, all it pretty much takes is working hard, staying consistent and eating clean most of the time. Do all three of those and YOU WILL get huge. If you want to look like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger back in his Olympia days, you can get there. If you want to look like guys such as Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Jason Momoa and guys such as those, you can.

I keep getting compliments on my body all the time and it feels good, really. That’s what keeps motivated to keep going in the gym. When you get a lot of compliments everywhere you go, it means that people are giving you respect. If you want respect around people in bodybuilding and weightlifting, it is not begged for. It is earned. Keep working hard, don’t give up. The more you keep working, the more people will be proud of ya and everybody around you will give you respect. Hard work in the weight room after all these years is definitely paying off for sure.

I love weightlifting. It’s a huge passion of mine. Before I started bodybuilding, I used to be scared to take my shirt off in front of everyone but now I’m not anymore. Bodybuilding taught me to love my body more. Like always, I don’t think you’ll ever see me on a bodybuilding stage… I just want the look is all. I want to look huge and nasty. Look intimidating to everyone. Having a muscular body is awesome and I’m loving it. It is definitely a life changer for sure!

Kev

Goals for my next powerlifting meet at the end of March…

Last week, I sent in my registration and sign up fee so I can participate in the next Powerlifting Meet at Albany Strength at the end of March. I’ve been working pretty hard for this for the past several months. I’ve been getting prepared for it.

My goals for numbers at this meet is that I hope to smash a 300 lb. deadlift. I hit a 300 lb. deadllift at the gym once a long while back and I’m hoping to hit that number again. I’ve learned that you don’t want to test your 1 rep maxes all the time and I haven’t done that in while. I’m planning to test out my 1 rep maxes on the big three lifts at the end of this month which is in a few weeks so I can see what my latest pr’s are for the big three lifts.

For deadlift I’m hoping to hit 300 lbs. or a little more.

For bench, my pr. on that is currently 155 lbs and I’m hoping to hit somewhere around 160 – 170 lbs.

For squats, my pr. on that is currently 125 and I’m to hoping to hit somewhere around 130 – 140 lbs.

I’ve watched a lot of powerlifting meets online so I can research and study. I’m amazed at how many powerlifters miss so many lifts on these things. That’s one thing I don’t want to do on a powerllifting meet is missing lifts. That’s why it’s pretty smart to come up with a plan ahead of time so you won’t miss any lifts on meet day. I’m not gonna miss any lifts on meet day. I want to get 3 white lights on everything so I have to make sure I pick my numbers smart and I’m going to do just that for this one.

When I test my p.r. on deadlift again in a few weeks and if I can’t hit 300 lbs. then I guess I could probably go for 290 lbs. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to hit 300 lbs. or a little more, we’ll see. For the past weeks, I’ve been training for reps and strength and I know I’m getting stronger on all three lifts.

I want meet day to be my best day and don’t want to screw anything up. I want to go in there and put on a show for the spectators so I’ve been training hard and working for it each week. I haven’t slowed down my workouts at all. Still going to the gym 4 days a week. I want this to be a great day and don’t want to disappoint anyone so I’m working real hard.

After I test out my pr’s for all three lifts squats, deadlift and bench, that’ll be it for a while until meet day. After my pr week, I’m going to start doing a method called “peaking” and “tapering”. Meaning going pretty light each week before meet day so you won’t feel fatigue and ready to go. Before meet day, I’m thinking of taking a week off so I can be fully rested and healed and all that stuff. I want to be careful with my lifting before meet week ’cause I want to make sure I’m not all beat up and want to make sure I’m completely injury free. I want meet day to be my best so I have to be fully rested and be full of energy. That means on meet week I’m going to have to start going to bed a lot earlier.

The question is, will I win that belt that guy is holding in that photo? No, I probably won’t but maybe someday I will. I might win a trophy or two on meet day but that’s about it. Anyways and like I keep saying, I’m not into powerlifting to win trophies or awards. I’m into this to get strong and to do something challenging. Powerlifting gives me something to do and I want to do something fun.

I’m getting stoked for my third powerlifting meet. They are a blast to go to. It’s fun to show off what you can do and it’s a blast to watch the other lifters too. Thank god powerlifting is for everyone ’cause I get to do a sport for once in my life. I couldn’t play sports over the years. Powerlifting is my calling for sure.

Kev

Will powerlifting make you fat??? No, it’s just a silly myth going around… powerlifting will get you even more jacked than bodybuilders…

There are those that believe that powerlifting will make you fat which is a stupid and ridiculous myth going around. A lot of people believe powerlifting makes you fat well ’cause there’s a lot of fat and unhealthy looking people competing in powerlifting. That doesn’t mean that all powerlifters are fat. In powerlifting, you’ll still see some pretty big guys but they’ll be very muscular and very lean. It is definitely possible that someone with a bodybuilder physique can compete in powerlifting. There are plenty of great powerlifters that are in tremendous shape. In fact, I’ve seen some powerlifters that are in way better shape than regular bodybuilders.

Some of you may ask why are there so many fatties in powerlifting? Well I would think the reason is that some believe that “fat” would give you more strength on the three big lifts but they’re all doing it wrong, in my opinion. Being overweight doesn’t really give you strength. Being lean and being muscular gives you more “strength”. Some also mistakenly believes that you can eat whatever you want in powerlifting and not have a strict nutrition. That is wrong too. I believe you got to continue to eat healthy just like a bodybuilder would ’cause eating a clean nutrition helps build you more strength and stronger bones too.

Some may look at me and ask, “Kev, if you don’t get fat then you would never be able to lift over 500 lbs. someday!!!”. I would say “bullshit”. I weigh about 145 pounds right now… even though I’m pretty lean and don’t have a huge gut, I still believe that I WILL be able to hit the huge numbers on the big three lifts someday. It is definitely possible that a 145 pound guy who is pretty lean can be able to lift 500 lbs. on bench, squat and deadlift. How? Simply put, it takes a lot of muscle mass and bone strength. That’s pretty much key to lifting bigger weight.

When you get into powerlifting does that mean you have to give up hypertrophy training? No. Absolutely not. You have to continue to do hypertrophy training like a bodybuilder would ’cause you don’t want to lift heavy all the time. Hypertrophy training will help get you more strength too. When you get into powerlifting does mean you have to give up cardio? No. Cardio is still important even for a powerlifter. I still continue to ride my bike, walk, jog/run, jump rope and do some boxing practice. Cardio for powerlifting is important ’cause it helps you recover quicker and cools you down some. Plus, I need to continue to stay lean. I don’t want to get “fat” in powerlifting so “bulking” is actually a pretty bad idea. I’ll just continue to eat the same way I always eat. Just continue to eat clean and put on muscle mass. Muscle mass will help bring your pr’s up, not body fat.

I don’t want to get “fat” in powerlifting so I gotta be careful with myself. I want to be able to do powerlifting and still be able to have a six pack and big muscles.

I haven’t did my 1 rep maxes on the big three lifts in a while and probably won’t test out my pr’s again until the end of this month. I want to be able to build more strength, take my time and hopefully really bring my numbers up in time before my next powerlifting meet at the end of March.

I just sent my registration in to Albany Strength for the meet in March this week and I should hear back from them pretty soon. I’m looking forward to that meet and pretty stoked. My goal for powerlifting is that I want every meet to be “great” and “successful”. I don’t like missing “lifts” at powerlifting meets. My goal is to have three white lights on everything and I’ll do the same for this one. At the last meet I did at the YMCA in Wilton, I missed one lift which was the 155 lb. bench but I’ve been lifting a 155 lb. “pr” on bench lately so I’ll get that number next time. Maybe I’ll be able to bring my bench “pr” up even more before March. Just gotta keep working. I’m getting stoked for that meet at the end of March as I’ve been working very hard for it. I want that meet to be better than the previous two.

Powerlifting is a great sport and I hope to be a competitive powerlifter for a pretty long time.

Kev

So glad I got into powerlifting training, totally worth it and it’s helping me…

I’m very happy and thrilled that I got into powerlifting. I used to never want anything to do with barbell training in the past and just wanted to do mostly dumbbell stuff. Now I’m doing a lot of barbell work lately.

Not only that I’m doing barbell work with bench press, squats and deadlifts… I’m starting to do a lot more barbell work with other workouts too. Lately, I’ve been doing arm curls with barbells instead of dumbbells. I’ve been doing seated overhead presses with barbells for shoulders ’cause I like that more. For back workouts, I’m starting to do bent over barbell rows ’cause they help with deadlifts. I’ve also started doing the barbell hip thrust for glutes but I gotta get the form right still.

I used to hate doing “barbell” stuff when I was younger but now I’m doing barbell work like crazy and it’s all paying off. I’m getting “gains” and getting stronger a lot lately. As for the bench press, I used to hate that workout too but now I’m loving it. My chest is beefing up because of it and I’m starting to get the look that I always wanted… a bodybuilder kind of look and I’m getting it. My chest is looking pretty good lately and really starting to shape up the way I want it to look.

A lot of lifters say that Dumbbell presses are more effective than bench press? In my opinion, I think it’s the other way around. I’m liking barbell bench more to be honest with you ’cause the bench is helping me. Those that trash the bench press don’t know what they’re talking about ’cause they are always trashing the best workouts that “work”, I don’t know why.

I have a powerlifting meet coming up at the end of March and I’ve been getting prepared for it. I want to be at my best at this meet and make sure I won’t “miss” any lifts and get “three” white lights on everything. I’m also hoping to really bring up my numbers for this meet so I got plenty of time to work on that still. I also gotta stop losing weight ’cause I’ve been losing some pounds lately and that’s not good for powerlifting. I think it’s time to start bulking up and I’ve already started doing that. When you bulk, you don’t want to eat random things and stuff your face ’cause you’ll just get fat still. You still need to eat healthy but eat more healthy food instead of less and I plan to do just that to bring up some pounds. I’m hoping to become 150 lbs. before the meet, maybe more.

I’m getting stoked for my next meet and I promise I will bring it and put on an even better show than the last two. Again, I don’t really care to win awards when it comes to powerlifitng. It’s all about challenging myself… seeing if I can lift heavier weights than yesterday. That’s what it’s all about, ya know? I’m just doing powerlifting just for fun. It just gives me something to do and it allows me to compete in an actual “sport” since I never played in any sports over the years.

Kev

Should transgenders be allowed to compete in powerlifting? No definitely not…

There’s an interesting debate in the powerlifting community on the internet that blew up this week. The story going around that trans-woman (or man, whatever this person is), JayCee Cooper tried to register for USAPL in hopes of competing in their meets but his registration was denied by USAPL simply because he’s a transgender woman or a man pretending to be a “woman”. Sorry, I’m calling this person what he really is.

Of course, there are some mixed opinions on this. There are some that agree that transgenders shouldn’t be allowed to participate in powerlifting competitions and there are some that think they should be allowed. From w hat I’m seeing, it’s mostly die-hard liberals, feminists and the LGBT community opposing USAPL on banning transgenders.

Predictably, these liberals, feminists and LGBT people are trying all they can to destroy the USAPL’s reputation by accusing them of changing the rules after this Jaycee Cooper complained.

Whenever someone wants to side with USAPL on their decision to ban transgenders, the hardcore left will slam them for it. They tell the truth that competitors should compete in their own genders that they were originally born as, these leftists would attack them and defend the transgenders.

Read these articles to see what’s going on:

http://www.citypages.com/news/powerlifting-federation-doubles-down-on-policy-excluding-trans-women/505092342

http://www.citypages.com/news/minneapolis-powerlifter-told-she-cant-compete-because-shes-trans/505041582

https://www.outsports.com/2019/2/1/18204036/usa-powerlifting-trans-athlete-policy-jaycee-cooper

I think USAPL did a smart move. I’m totally siding with them. Why would you want to have a man pretending to be a woman competing in a powerlifting meet? It’s fuckin’ silly if you ask me. There’s a pretty good reason why there are “men” and “women’s” divisions to keep genders separate. A man in the women’s division lifting way heavier weights than the rest of the women, that would be unfair for the other women in the division and it would make all the male competitors look bad. Seriously, why would you want to see a muscled up men in a women’s singlet, wearing make-up lifting heavier weights than everyone else? A man winning all the top awards in the women’s division would be unfair and it’s totally cheating for sure. That’s why USAPL are against this. They are smart and finally some common sense for once.

If you’re a man pretending to be a woman, that’s fine. That is your business, NOT mine but when you want to come in a powerlifting meet and compete in the women’s division that’s a problem. How silly would it be when most women in the powerlifting meets can only bench like 200 lbs or a little over and then you have a transgender woman benching over 500 lbs?

I really hope the USAPL sticks to their guns and doesn’t cave into the leftist and LGBT community. The LGBT community are going to fight this pretty hard and they already are ’cause there is an online petition going around hoping to get them to lift this ban.

I was thinking about registering to the USAPL pretty soon so I can compete in their local meets myself and I probably will but if they cave to the pc police then I might change my mind. Die-hard leftists want to ruin everything for everyone nowadays.

Kev

 

Reasons why you shouldn’t test your 1 rep maxes on the big three lifts each time you hit the gym…

One biggest mistake I made in powerlifting training is maxing out too often. I was told by another experienced powerlifter that maxing out every week is bad. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on how often you should max out is that you should max out on the big three lifts for once like every 6  – 12 weeks. What powerlifters do is that they train for reps. for a long while and then they’ll pick a p.r. day for the big three lifts sometime later. That’s how they prepare for powerlifting meets.

You don’t want to do a one rep max every week for a few reasons:

  • Could lead to some pretty serious injuries or worse could lead to death.
  • Lifting heavy one rep maxes every week fires up your CNS (Central Nervous System) which isn’t good.
  • Makes you more weaker and more fatigue. If you wonder why your pr’s either have gone down or stays the same each week this is why. You want your pr’s to keep going up, not going down or staying the same.

I’ve been noticing that the reason why my pr’s haven’t been going up is probably ’cause I was maxing out too often… every week I hit the gym. Not good. I’m not going to max out on the big three lifts for a while. I’ll max out again like maybe in a few weeks. For now, I’ll continue to train for strength until I max out again in a few weeks to find out what my pr’s are.

I only hit a 300 lb. deadlift once and I’m hoping to hit that number again. That’s the number that I plan to hit at my next powerlifting meet at Albany Strength at the end of March. If I want to achieve that goal then I need to max out less and less and I plan to do exactly that… right away… starting now. Before that meet at the end of March, I’ll probably only max out the big three lifts once and that it.

I’ve learned how to “peak” and “taper” before a meet. It’s what powerlifters do so they can lose more fatigue before a meet. I want to be at my best at this next meet. Before the next meet, I don’t want to be all beat up and worn out so I’ll probably end up taking a full week off of the gym on meet week so I can be all rested up and ready to go.

I’m hoping to deadlift 300 lbs. or a little more at the next meet. I want to go all in and put on a fucking show so I need to come up with a plan so I can be ready. Uggghh, man I hope I can deadlift 300 lbs. again ’cause when I did it that one time, it felt awesome. I want to pull that lift at the meet so I can impress people and blow people away.

When will I max out and test my pr on the big three lifts again? Probably sometime next month, in the middle of February. After that I’m not gonna max out again until meet day. I want to give myself plenty of time so I can lose fatigue and all that stuff. Be full of energy on meet day and just go in there and smoke it.

I’ve done two powerlifting meets and both of them were a blast. I’m getting excited for the next one too. Powerlifting is a lot of fun and lifting heavy things can get quite addicting. I can see why the sport is getting so popular and the sport keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Kev