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My powerlifting videos keeps getting positive feedback everywhere… I just gotta stop listening to the negativity and haters, ya know???

Powerlifting really is my calling. It’s what I was meant to to do and man, wished I discovered powerlifting years ago. Ya know something, when I first started bodybuilding 10 years ago, I actually experimented with both bench press and deadlift for a little bit but I stopped for a long while. Wished I never stopped benching and deadlifting ’cause I would have been great at both by now. I’m back to benching and deadlifting full time and it feels really good. Glad I’ve gotten into squats, benching and deadlifting ’cause I’m feeling stronger at all 3 the more I do it and I’m feeling big too.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was right that bench press is the best workout for the chest as my chest has gotten some major improvement ’cause of benching.

There are gonna be some critics and haters with my powerlifting yes but I gotta stop listening to them and I will. It seems that lots of other people like what I do. Each time I do a powerlifting meet, I get good feedback at my lifting.

Even if I missed the 300 lb. deadlift, people are still saying that it’s an impressive lift ’cause I could only get it up halfway. I would have gotten that 300 lb. deadlift… I think the problem was that I opened my first attempt a bit heavy. If I opened a lot lighter than 285 lbs., I definitely would have smashed that 300 easily. That’s why at powerlifting meets you need to open up real light so you can save some in the tank for your big 3rd attempt, ya know? This is why powerlifters miss a lot of lifts ’cause they open up too heavy and I don’t want to do that.

People may like what I do now but I’m just getting started. I’m going to really work my way up to the big lifts like lift anywhere from 300 lbs. – 500 lbs. on the big three but it’s gonna take some more time for me to get to the big ones. I’ll get there, though. Just gotta stay consistent and I will.

Some people may think that at a bodyweight that I’m at now would be impossible to lift 500 lbs. on the big three but it is possible. How? Really bone strength and muscular development is key to lifting the big ones. That is why a lot of skinny people are able to lift the big ones ’cause they have really strong bones.

I’m not gonna stay skinny for long ’cause I’m gonna do all I can to get bigger in size without getting fat. I’ve boosted my calorie intake ’cause that’ll help. I’m actually thinking about doing the bulking and cutting method which might actually be useful.

I really want to become a great powerlifter someday. I’ll never be the next Ed Coan but I would like to be a powerlifter where everybody would look up to and it’s already happening a little bit. Like I said, I’m just getting started and still have lots of work to do. Admittedly, I do want to win and kick ass on powerlifting meets. Someday, I’m gonna win the best “overall male lifter” award and that’s my goal that I want to achieve. It’s gonna take some more years to get there but I will. Trust me.

Kev

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Maybe some powerlifters are gonna be arrogant assholes after all especially online…

You are new to powerlifting. You’re doing all you can to educate yourself with the sport and do research and all that stuff. So you start joining online powerlifting forums on the internet like in facebook groups, powerlifting instagram pages and other forums online like those. You want to join the powerlifting community online hoping to join in on positive discussions with other lifters who have competed in meets and even ask for lifting advice from other experienced powerlifters.

I have joined a few powerlifting forums and groups online but so far, I’ve gotten nothing but negative experiences from them. There was nothing wrong with my posts either. I wasn’t trolling. I wasn’t saying anything negative and wasn’t attacking anyone either. Just being positive and friendly as best I can. Joined in powerlifting discussions to critique people’s lifting form, give advice or I ask others for advice in a positive way but you know what? I’ve got nothing but negative shit from other lifters.

That’s the thing in powerlifting, I guess you are going to meet some arrogant assholes and weird people in the sport ’cause I guess there are a lot of them out there. Not everyone in the sport are arrogant assholes and egomaniacs, though… some are gonna be kind, humble and friendly.

I joined the Tnation forum and posted a thread in their powerlifting forum… asking for advice on how to not miss a 300 lb. pr at a powerlifting meet when I know I got that number at the gym in the past. I’ve got some great responses from some lifters and some gave me some great advice but most responses was just them bashing me and making fun of me. I told them my best lifts in the big three at my latest meet: Squat 150, Bench: 155 and Deadlift: 290. Some of them criticized me that those numbers aren’t good and said I need to make a lot of improvements.

Seriously? I’ve worked my ass off in the gym on a consistent basis and my numbers have been going up. Some of them criticized my off season powerlifting training too. I told them I start the sets off pretty light and put on more weight every set. Start off light/high reps and then toward the end of my workout session, I do mostly heavy sets/low reps. They claimed that is what’s holding me back and said I needed to focus on doing 5 sets of 5 reps or 5 sets of 3’s.

In that thread I made on Tnation, some wrote me some good ideas that I need to start “setting pr’s on meet day and not at the gym”. I actually liked that idea and might take that into consideration.

These sounds like good ideas but don’t these so-called “powerlifting” experts know that lifting light weights and high reps aka “hypertrophy” training will also give you more strength gains? In my powerlifting training routine, I like to mix it up with “hypertrophy” and “strength”. Mix ’em both at the same time. Doing it that way will also give you muscle and strength gains. Some idiots in that forum knocked my training style. They were asking me what training method I was using for powerlifting ’cause there are different ones out there. I don’t do any of them. I just train my way. I just train what works for me ya know? I don’t do all that “periodization” bullcrap that is out there like linear periodization, undulating periodization, etc. blah blah blah…

I’ll admit that I’m pretty new to powerlifting training and got a lot to learn but it would be nice if these “expert” powerlifters or so called “pros” would stop acting more superior than newbie powerlifters who are just getting into the sport. All powerlifters need to be treated with respect even for people who are just getting into it.

I’ve done three powerlifting meets and I did real good at all of them, yet people online in forums want to knock my success in powerlifting? Totally unreal and bullshit.

In powerlifting, I don’t care how much you lift. As long as your technique and form is good and as long as you get three white lights by the judges then you’re doing good. Doesn’t matter how much you lift. That’s how you want to do powerlifting. Just go in the meet and do all the lifts you can handle so you won’t bomb and won’t get red lights, ya know? That’s how I want to do it. Make sure I get white lights on everything. So far, out of the three powerlifting meets I’ve done, I’ve only missed 3 lifts which is pretty damn good.

I don’t care what people say, I’m doing “great” at powerlifting and I’m already off to a good start. Yet, haters online wanna knock me?

Even IF I start doing real good in the future, lifting the big ones like 400 – 500 lbs., winning first places and stuff like that… people will stick knock me and make fun of me no matter how good I do. I don’t know what… maybe it’s out of jealousy is why? I can’t think of no other reason. The more experienced powerlifters will want to feel more superior than you and that’s what it is. Just ego and nothing more.

When you get into powerlifting, you have to ignore all the haters and critics ’cause they’ll be out there and they’ll be coming after you. The more you do well in powerlifting, the more pissed off they get so keep it going and keep up the good work. I’m doing well, I don’t give a shit what people say. I’m proud of all the numbers and “pr’s” I smashed at the meets so far.

I’ll admit that my “pr’s” on the big three: squat, bench and deadlift could go way up more but “strength gains” is a slow process and it’ll take some time. These “know it alls” on Tnation claim that doing 5 X 5’s and 5 X 3’s will give you quick gains but don’t listen to them. I repeat, strength gain is a slow process. If you want your “pr’s” to keep going up, all it really takes is “consistency”… meaning never giving up and never stopping. I have been doing exactly that and I am feeling stronger on the big three.

I guess it’s a bad idea to join powerlifting communities online ’cause it’s nothing but negativity and ego from what I’ve seen. Such a shame. Powerlifting should be positive and helpful. A lot of powerlifters are positive and helpful but unfortunately you’re definitely going to meet some arrogant assholes in the community.

Just gotta ignore the negativity in powerlifting and just focus on you only. Just keep up the good work… keep bringing up your pr’s and keep getting strong for you. Ignore all bullshit. Keep winning awards at the meets and keep pissing people off. That’s what I’m going to do. Focus on me only and nobody else.

Honestly, I do want to lift the bigger weights someday but gonna take my slow time. Someday I would love to lift a 500 lb. squat, lift a 500 lb. bench and a 500 lb. deadlift but it’ll take some time for me to get there. “Strength” gain is a slow process but those jerks in TNation just won’t admit it.

I know this post is kind of long but had to go on a rant. Hope you enjoy.

Kev

When will I start doing USAPL meets in powerlifting? Hopefully soon! I’m going to register with them this year…

So some of you may ask, since I’ve gotten myself into powerlifting when will I start doing the USAPL meets?

USAPL website here: https://www.usapowerlifting.com/

My powerlifting friends that I go to Albany Strength with are USAPL members. I’ve got to sign up with USAPL pretty soon and I will this year. Probably sometime this Spring. It’s $55 for registration so it’s not that bad.

I would like to start doing local USAPL meets around the Capital Region and I would also like to start doing some national meets too. Before I start thinking about doing the big time national meets, I’m going to wait until I get to the bigger numbers like lift the big three lifts around 600 lbs. – 800 lbs. Sometime I would like to do the national meets so I can start breaking records and all that.

For now, I’m going to stick with doing powerlifting meets at Albany Strength and the YMCA for a while. The YMCA Wilton Branch does powerlifting meets every once in a while so I’m gonna do those too.

I’ll start doing USAPL meets pretty soon it’s just that I don’t want to get too ahead of myself and not rush, ya know? Like I said, I’ll stick with Albany Strength for a long while ’cause doing meets there are such a blast.

I really do love powerlifting and I just found a new passion. I hope to stick with the sport for a long time. Some of you may ask me, “But Kev, you’re too old for powerlifting.” I’m not too old at all. Powerlifting is for everyone of all ages. When you go watch a poewrlifting meet, you’ll see lifters who are 50 years old or older. Age is just a number. If you want to do it then do it. It’s never too late for anything!

Kev

5 reasons why Powerlifting is such a blast…

The sport of powerlifting is getting popular but it’s not for everyone. Some are gonna criticize the sport for sure. You’ll hear some people say things like: “Oh, there’s nothing special about showing off how much weight you can lift”, “They’re just a bunch of ego lifters”, “Powerlifting is for fat asses who got nothing better to do,”, etc. blah blah blah, I can go on and on. After competing in three powerlifting meets, powerlifting can be a lot of fun for a lot of reasons and I can name a few of them. I’ll name 5 reasons why powerlifting is such a blast…

  • You can meet new people: This is the best part of powerlifting is all the new people you’ll meet at these things. When you go to a powerlifting meet, you’ll probably be a little worried that powerlifters might be a bunch of arrogant jerks. Honestly, I thought exactly that almost but when I did three powerlifting meets, most of the lifters at these meets are actually very humble, down to earth and friendly people. There are no ego at these things. You’ll see no one trying to act better than everyone. This isn’t WWE or boxing. In powerlifting meets, you’ll see everyone helping each other and supporting each other for their lifting. We all want to see everyone at their best in these meets. When you go to a powerlifting meet, you’ll see lots of camaraderie all over. That’s one thing I like about powerlifting is ’cause people are so cool at these meets. You can meet lots of new friends out of these things.
  • It’s a thrill that you can be able to lift heavy things: Probably the biggest reason why powerlifting is so popular now. People just get a thrill of lifting heavy things. That’s why powerlifting is becoming a huge obsession to me. It is a blast to lift heavy things and it’s exciting to see your 1 rep maxes and pr’s go up. You don’t realize your own strength and you can surprise yourself with these things.
  • It’s fun to perform for a live audience: Another reason powerlifting is addicting. It’s a blast to perform your lifts in front of a live crowd and hearing everyone cheering you on. If you do well at these powerlifting meets,  you could earn the spectators respect and you could grow a fanbase/following in powerlifting. Performing your lifts in front of an audience is great. You get to show everyone what you can do in a gym.
  • You get to experience something new and different in life: If you’re bored in life, powerlifting will give you something to do. Powerlifting will get things off of your system and gets your mind off of everything else. It keeps you busy and helps pushes you to work a lot harder in the gym.
  • You’ll notice that your physique improves better than bodybuilding style training: Ever since I started powerlifting, I’ve noticed that my chest pecs have really started beefing up, big time since I started bench pressing again. Feels real good. I’m starting to get the bodybuilder look that I want ’cause I got into powerlifting. My forearms getting bigger finally too. Your physique will improve massively after all the heavy lifting you’re doing and it’s fun to see.

That’s all. Powerlifting is for everybody. Anybody can get into the sport so don’t be afraid to try it out sometime.

Kev

My third powerlifting meet at Albany Strength went real well yesterday… kicked some ass like I said I would…

So yesterday was my third powerlifting meet at Albany Strength. It went very well. I knew I was gonna do well and I told ya so.

Like my Instagram post says, my best pr’s from yesterday:

Squat = 150 lbs.

Bench = 155 lbs.

Deadlift = 290 lbs.

Total score = 595 lbs.

I smashed all the numbers I wanted to smash except I missed one lift. Attempted 300 lbs. as my final attempt on deadlift but missed. Oh well, people there were really hoping I would smash 300 lbs… even the owner/director of Albany Strength who is John was hoping I would smash a 300 lbs. but didn’t have it in me unfortunately.

Even though I missed the big 300 lb. deadlift, I’m still pretty proud of these numbers ’cause I really brought them up, big. Even the owner/director of Albany Strength who’s name is John Payette was shocked that my numbers were way up this year. I just simply told him that I’ve been working extremely hard. Hard work pays off.

Ya know, when you miss lifts at powerlifting meets, the last thing you want to do is feel bad about it. You don’t ever want to feel bad about missing lifts ’cause everyone misses lifts at powerlifting meets. Even the greatest powerlifters you see miss lifts too. There were plenty lifters that were missing lifts all over. It’s not a big deal so just be proud of the effort.

Some of you may say, why did I miss the 300 lbs. deadlift? Truthfully, I blame it on those 100 lb. weight plates ’cause they felt wicked heavy. I was able to smash 300 lbs. at the gym at the YMCA but at Albany Strength, I couldn’t do it. Is there a difference between the Y’s weight plates and Albany Strength weight plates? Could be. I’m pretty sure I didn’t lose some deadlifting strength, maybe I did, I don’t know. Maybe I maxed out on deadlift a bit too early before competition.  Maybe I didn’t “peak” and “taper” correctly, I don’t know. I’ll figure out what happened. At the Battenkill Y, I’ll try to attempt a 300 lb. deadlift again and see what happens. I’m pretty sure it’s the difference in weight plates.

Like I said, I don’t feel bad about missing a 300 lb. deadlift, I feel proud that I went for it anyways. I feel proud that I brought it and put on a show like I’ve been promising. I didn’t disappoint the spectators which was the goal.

John the owner of Albany Strength says there’s going to be another powerlifting meet in August so I have plenty of time to really bring my numbers up for the next one. I think I’m going to have to train at Albany Strength more often ’cause it’s a wicked cool gym. I’ll figure out how I’m gonna get there. I don’t have a membership at Albany Strength but I can get in with a $5 day pass.

After the meet got over with, I got a lot of compliments by a lot of people. People told me “Good job”, got a lot of hand shakes, fist bumps and high fives.

It was a great time like always. Met some cool new people and it’s always a blast watching the other lifters and cheering them all on. I love powerlifting. It’s becoming a huge obsession.

Now I have plenty of video footage, I’ll finish the rest of “My Story – Part 2” this week.

Kev

I’m so glad that I’ve gotten into powerlifting full time, it’s totally worth it!!!

I’ve decided to get into powerlifting training full time ever since my first powerlifting meet back in Aug. of 2018. Before then, I never saw myself as a powerlifter. I always saw myself as a bodybuilder type of lifter. How did I discover and got myself into powerlifting?

Well, it’s kind of a funny story. What happened was I got these friends in facebook who are powerlifters. They do powerlifting meets all the freakin’ time and I watch their live videos of their meets every time they do one. I would comment on their videos a lot giving them compliments on their lifting and stuff. I told them that they are inspiring me to get into “powerlifting” and one of them ended up inviting me to a powerlifting meet at Albany Strength which was a push/pull meet. A meet that had only deadlifting/bench press. Originally at that first meet on Aug. 31st 2018, I wasn’t going to be in it and compete. I originally just wanted to be a spectator and just watch live in person. One of my friends who is a pro powerlifter ended up asking me to compete in the meet myself and I’m like, “Okay, as long as I’m going to be there might as well try out my very first powerlifting meet which was a success”. After that first meet, I became obsessed and hooked with powerlifting. Since that first powerlifting meet, I’ve been doing some serious strength training and doing a lot of barbell stuff. I’ve been doing the big three lifts: squats, deadlift and bench ever since that first meet.

I’ve always been a hypertrophy type of trainer and now I’ve gotten into strength training full time. It’s worth it, though ’cause I’m feeling stronger and stronger each week. Yes, you can get strong doing regular “bodybuilding” style of training but you’ll get stronger even quicker with powerlifting. Since I’ve gotten into powerlifting full time, does this mean I’m no longer a bodybuilder? No. I’m doing both full time. To get strong in powerlifting meets, you’ve got to continue to do hypertrophy training ’cause that’s part of building strength too. Big muscles helps get you stronger so you got to continue to build muscle too.

My goal in life is not only look great and muscular, I want to be able to get real strong as well. I want to lift the bigger weights and powerlifting will help me get there. I love powerlifting. It’s a great sport to get into and ANYBODY can get into the sport. I want to get real strong ’cause I hate being weak. At my first powerlifting meet, I admittedly started off pretty easy but it’s a good thing to do for a beginner powerlifter. I’m only getting started.

I’m noticing that my squat personal record has finally caught up with my bench press p.r. My squat personal record is 150 lbs. and my bench press is 155 lbs. I’m not quite at 160 for bench but I’m going to give that number another try at the meet on March 30th. I’ll do strength training on bench for the next couple of weeks to see if I can hit 160 on meet day. I want to get lucky and hit the bigger numbers on meet day. While my latest p.r. on deadlift is 310 lbs., I’m going to challenge myself and try to lift a 315 deadlift as my third attempt. I’m going to work up to that number too.

I’m getting stoked for my third powerlifting meet on March 30th which is in a few weeks. For the next few weeks, I got to do more strength training and one week before the meet, I’ve got to do something called “de-load”. What does “De-load” mean? It means you’ve got to lift everything lighter for a whole week and I plan on doing just that. I don’t want to fatigue myself and wear my body out before meet day. I want to keep my strength for meet day so I can lift the bigger numbers. I hope to lift a 160 bench on meet day and I’m gonna give it a try as my third attempt. If I can’t get it again then oh well, better luck next time but I promise March 30th will be a great day for me and I won’t disappoint the audience and won’t disappoint the judges. I hope to get three white lights on everything. Gonna do my very best.

Kev