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About my left hip and leg injury… it’s getting better already now that I’ve settled down on lower body workouts some…

For last week’s deadlift session, I decided to go really light this time… wicked light… deadlifted like 20 lbs. I’ve tried like 65 lbs. for the first set but it was still slightly painful and then I went even lighter like 20 lbs. on deadlift. Since I settled down on the deadlift last session, I don’t feel any left hip pain anymore. My left hip seems good and no longer hurting but I’m still feeling it on my upper left quad slightly. It’s all getting better already.

Yeah, like I said before in a previous post when you’re injured and feeling pain you either gotta stop training that body part completely or you can train super light. You’re not gonna make the injury go away by continuing to train it ’cause if you continue to workout through an injury, you could make it worse or you can make the injury go permanent.

Like I said above, I’m still feeling slight upper left leg pain, just a tiny bit. Maybe it will go away in a few days and I can go back to heavy deadlifting again we’ll see. I’m gonna take a week off of barbell squats this week and will try to deadlift on Sunday if I’m completely healed.

Yeah, getting injuries do suck and yes, I do get ’em once in a while. There are so many lifters in the bodybuilding and gym world who claims they don’t get “injuries” but don’t believe them. They are lying… everybody gets lifting injuries… EVERYBODY. It’s normal. It happens so big deal.

When lifters get injuries, they get so scared and get all panicky. They worry that they’ll lose their progress when they have to stop working out to rest and heal the injury. Will you lose muscle and strength for healing an injury? It all depends on how bad the injury is. If it’s a bad injury, it could take months to heal and you’ll definitely lose some muscle but you’ll get it back soon enough. If it’s a minor injury and it only takes a few weeks to heal, you won’t lose muscle and strength… in fact, you might get even more.

When I get injuries, I don’t panic and continue to stay positive. Continue to hit the gym. I either go light weight or work around the injury, there are ways to do that. I had the upper left quad injury for a while and figured out a way to get rid of it faster just by settling down on the weightlifting some… either stop lifting the part or go light weight either way. The injury will go away quickly if you do that.

I want to get back into heavy deadlifting again to try and get that 300 lb. pr back but I want to do it injury free and I came up with a plan. I’m getting all better now.

When you get lifting injuries, don’t freak out and stay positive. I just continue to go about my day when that happens and continue to stay active and move around. Hopefully I’ll be completely healed by this weekend, if not, I’ll give it another week.

I love deadlifting. It’s my favorite workout of them all and I need to do it carefully and responsibly without getting myself in the hospital or ending up in a wheelchair, lmao.

People say my deadlift form is real good but not really… I’m still trying to make it perfect.

Kev

Gonna have to stop deadlifting and squatting for a little while ’cause I have a slight hip & leg injury unfortunately…

For the first time in a long time, I have an injury but it’s not terribly bad and it’s not that serious. I won’t go to the doctor ’cause all the doctor is gonna do is tell me to stop going to the gym and that’s one thing I can’t do. Yeah, I have a slight hip and leg injury… it’s on the left side. I won’t stop working out at the gym but there are ways to work out around the injury… you can still workout the parts that are not injured. For example, I can still train the calves, I can still train the hamstrings and I can still train the right leg only but not the left leg.

Some of you my ask, how did I hurt myself a little bit? For the leg injury, I blame the leg press ’cause I’m not a fan of the leg press and for the hip injury, I blame deadlifting on that ’cause maybe my form was off a little bit?

Honestly, I had the leg injury for a long while and was trying to figure out a way to get rid of it. Earlier this summer, I took a week off when I was out on vacation. That didn’t really heal it all the way. Then when I came back home, I started training with light weights to see if that will do it but nope, even training with lighter weights will make the injury come back or make it worse.

So I thought, “Fuck it… mabye I’ll take a little break from barbell work completely” until the injuries heal completely. That’s the idea, I guess. When you’re injured, you can’t continue to train that hurt body part ’cause that’s not gonna make the injury go away. It’ll go away if you stop training it and you need to stop training it until it goes away completely.

It sucks but I gotta do what I gotta do. It’s probably gonna take me a couple of weeks or a little more to heal the injuries all the way.

It’s weird ’cause I stayed pretty consistent with barbell work for a long while and now I think I’m gonna have to stop for a few weeks but I won’t stop working out. I’l just move on to machines and dumbbell work. I think it’s a good idea for me to take a little hiatus from barbell lifting completely ’cause my left shoulder is bothering me a little bit, too… haha.

I haven’t had a lifting injury in a long time but no regrets getting them, though ’cause you can learn something from them. Getting injuries may make you want to take form more seriously ’cause bad form is the main reason people get lifting injuries.

I’m not terribly bad so don’t worry so I won’t need any crutches or anything.

I want to be completely injury free when lifting the big three: deadlift, bench and squat. So once my injuries heal completely, I’ll get back to barbell lifting asap and get back to heavy lifting. It may be a few weeks or a whole month, we’ll see.

Kev

Powerlifters who act like that’s the only way to lift in their definition are really getting on my nerves!!!

Whenever I post a video of my lifting, sometimes other powerlifters will always try to point a mistake that I might of done. In other words, they would try to critique my form and that usually happens when I upload a lifting video for all to see. They would tell me to do this and do that, don’t do this and don’t do that… blah blah blah. They would critique every aspect of my lifting and would try to get me to lift their way.

You see, I don’t usually lift the same way other powerlifters do. I just go by what the instructional videos through youtube and the internet tells me, ya know? And another thing, just because powerlifters are very experienced and have won a lot of trophies and broke a lot of records doesn’t necessarily mean they know what they’re doing. I mean, I’ve seen some of the greatest powerlifters and veterans lift with the shittiest form I’ve ever seen. Go watch some powerlifting competitions through youtube for proof on that. For example, when they go start up at the deadlift, they have some of the worst startups I’ve ever seen when they go walk up to the bar.

Many powerlifters even the great ones deadlift with rounded backs, they stand too far from the bar or they lean too far over the bar, etc. I’ve seen it all, it’s crazy. There are also too many deadlifters who lean far back on their lockouts meaning hyper-extending the back which is bad. Many powerlifters tell me to deadlift with your head looking straight forward but no, I think it’s better to deadlift with the head being neutral. Other powerlifters told me a way to deadlift is that the butt needs to be pointing down to the floor with the chest aiming up at the ceiling. I’ve tried that and it’s uncomfortable for me.

The way I like to deadlift is that I like to stand narrow, I reach down to the bar without lowering my hips at all ’cause the hips needs to be higher than the knees and the bar needs to be over mid-foot. You need to straighten your back and making sure everything is tight then you’re ready to make the pull.

Also, speaking of pulling… so many deadlifters make the mistake that it’s just a pull movement only when it’s not. When you deadlift, you think of it as being a leg press as well so when the bar comes off the floor, you use a lot of leg drive to lock it out. Using leg drive by pushing the legs to the floor as hard as you can like a leg press. That’s how I always deadlift.

I’m pretty sick of the egos in the powerlifting world acting like it’s the only way to lift and it’s getting tiresome. As long as you’re following the commands in powerlifting competitions, it doesn’t matter how you lift. You should just lift whatever works for you. You don’t have to lift how others lift. Just gotta listen to your body and lift what’s right. That’s the way my attitude always been. I’ve always done things my way.

I prefer to be a self-taught lifter. I never really enjoyed learning from other lifters. I’ve always felt comfortable doing my own thing. Every lifter is different… gotta respect that. I may not like other lifters form and technique but I just shut my mouth and let them do their own thing.

I think people critique my form ’cause they know I’m new to the powerlifting game and they’re afraid that I might be better than them and they don’t want that. They give me advice on my form and once I correct it for them, it’s always something else that’s wrong. It’s bullshit. So I just say, fuck ’em and do things my way, ya know? That’s the way to be.

Kev

If you want something in powerlifting, you go do it and don’t listen to negativity…

When you have goals and dreams you want to achieve in powerlifting, bodybuilding or whatever you want to do… yeah… people are gonna doubt you, call you delusional and be jealous of you but you can’t be listening to them.

Yeah, I do want to become a great powerlifter someday. People may think that goal is crazy and people might say that I’m full of myself and arrogant but don’t listen to them. In powerlifting, if you want something, you go get it. Honestly, that’s the reason everybody gets into powerlifting ’cause they all hope to become the greatest powerlifter someday. That is definitely my goal and I’m gonna do all I can to make it come true. Just gotta ignore all the haters and doubters and keep reaching out for it.

There will always be people who will act like I’m doing no good in powerlifting but you don’t want to listen to them either. This is about you and no one else.

I got into powerlifting hoping to achieve great things ’cause you can only live once, ya know? I wasn’t able to play sports over the years of my life due to my scoliosis and since I do powerlifting, this is my chance to do great things in life.

A lot of people already are liking what I’m doing which is why I’m trying to post more videos of my lifting. Admittedly, my numbers in powerlifting could be better but I’m still pretty new to this and got a lot of work to do still. I’ve already been lifting weights for years but powerlifting is pretty new to me. I wish the powerlifting veterans would treat the newbies with more respect ’cause the “newbies” don’t get treated well. When you’re just starting out, gotta get ready for the know it alls and big shots to get all over you ’cause that will happen.

Just ignore negativity from people and you will make your dreams come true.

Kev

“Ironman” powerlifting meet confirmed for Albany Strength on Aug. 30th… I’m definitely competing for this…

So another powerlifting meet at Albany Strength has been confirmed for Friday evening, August 30th. I can’t wait and pretty stoked. I’m definitely competing for this one no matter what.

My goals for this meet is that I want to smash a 300 lb. deadlift or over and I hope to smash a 200 lb. bench for this one. I have plenty of time for me to reach both goals and I believe I can achieve ’em. Just gotta stay consistent with my strength training for bench and deadlift week after week and I will.

This time I won’t stop the heavy lifting too early before a powerlifting meet. It’s more appropriate to stop the heavy lifting 1 week out before a meet.

If I don’t make it to a 200 lb. bench in time before this meet and I could only get 170 – 190 lbs., I’ll take it. I’m hoping to get 200 lb. bench in time. I’m doing all I can to get there. So far, my best bench as my 1 rep max is 160 lbs. so I’m almost there to the big 200 lbs. Since I just did a 150 lb. bench for a triple last week, I would think my estimated pr. could be about 165 or 170 lb.

I’m planning to max out again in a few weeks so I can see what my best deadlift and bench are for this meet. That way I can decide what my openers and 2nd attempts will be.

Once again, I want to keep getting better and better at every powerlifting meet I do. I want my numbers to keep going up and up and up and up. That’s how you want to do powerlifting, ya know? You don’t want your numbers staying the same or going down ’cause that’s bad. You want to keep getting better every time so you got to be careful and train smart. I am trying and I’m going to kill it at this next meet, trust me. Hoping to make it to 2nd or 1st place in my weight class if I’m lucky enough and I’m gonna do all I can.

And yes, I will film plenty of video footage and will make another videoblog for “My Story – Part 3”. Now I have a new Ipod Touch with an HD camera on it, there will be much improved video footage coming.

I’m gonna work real hard for this meet all summer. As always, last thing I want to do is disappoint the spectators and the judges. I’m gonna try to get 3 white lights on everything this time. At the last powerlifting meet there, I only missed one lift and won’t do that again. If I want to smash a 300 lb. deadlift or over successfully, I need to make my first two attempts much lighter to help save some in the tank. That’s the trick.

Kev

Did my 1 rep max test on bench today… tried to film video but couldn’t…

Well, this week is 1 Rep Max week for the big three so I can see what my personal bests are for the big three lifts. Today, I did a 1 rep max test on bench and my “personal best” or (new p.r.) on that is 160 lbs. It was a pretty easy lift so I attempted 165 lbs. That 165 lbs. was a missed lift so I guess my latest p.r. on bench right now is 160 lbs. That’s okay, I feel pretty good about that.

I tried to film video of that lift today but my Icloud storage got full so my new Ipod Touch couldn’t film today. Bummer. Oh well, later today I’m gonna figure out how to free up Icloud space ’cause I don’t want to pay for more Icloud space. I’m sure there is a way to clear up Icloud space, I just gotta figure it out.

I feel real good about 160 lb. bench p.r., though. I’m almost there to a 200 lb. bench… just 40 lbs. away. I’m on the road to a 200 lb. bench and I could get there this year, I think. Hopefully, I can get there before August in time for the push/pull meet at Albany Strength.

I think after max out week, next week will be de-load week ’cause I need it. Then after that, back to strength training. Powerlifting training is fun… next I’ll see what my latest p.r. is for squats when I do leg day later this week.

Kev

So glad I discovered powerlifting, I’ll probably do this until I can’t do it anymore!

Some of you may ask, how long do I plan on doing powerlifting training and competing in powerlifting? Well, I think I’ll keep doing it until I can’t do it anymore. Some people may think I’m a bit too old to get into powerlifting but just so you are aware, powerlifting is for everyone and for people of all ages. I’ve done three powerlifting meets and seen powerlifting meets live online. There are people who do powerlifting from ages 40 and up. Yes, you’ll even see 70 year old men competing in powerlifitng. I’m not too old to get into powerlifting at all ’cause I’m only 42 and technically, that age is pretty young still.

Ever since I started this powerlifting journey last summer in 2018, I’ve been feeling stronger and stronger week after week. Feels pretty amazing really. A lot of people want to knock powerlifting and make fun of the sport but I don’t know why. Powerlifting is amazing to get into. I got into it hoping to get stronger quicker and get bigger quicker and it’s working pretty much. I’m feeling great in powerlifting training so it’s all worth it.

Admittedly, I got into powerlifting to win and kick ass. I’ll confess it. I know I said I never got into powerlifting to win trophies and medals but I’ll take that back. I want to win. Kick ass, break records and hopefully win the “overall lifter” award in a powerlifting meet. I never got to play in any sports over the years of my life due to my scoliosis but since I can do powerlifting, I want to feel like a winner and feel like a champion, ya know? This is an opportunity for me to get into a professional sport.

Yeah, someday in the future, I’m going to start doing the bigger meets and hopefully do the national ones. That’s why I’m going to sign up for the USAPL sometime this year. I’m going to do my first USAPL powerlifting meet and hopefully I’ll do one this year. I’m hoping to do the Northeast IronBeast which is a USAPL meet in Latham this year.

I’m not gonna go too crazy with powerlifting meets. I’m only gonna do like 2 or 3 a year ’cause you don’t wanna do too many, ya know? I don’t wanna do too many.

I love powerlifting. There’s a lot of great benefits with it. I hope to be in the sport for a very long time and will probably do this ’til the day I die. I’m actually not too late to get into powerlifting at all. I’m at a great age to get started.

I had a real good squat session at the gym this morning. I’ve been doing 145 lbs. squat for triples lately so I’m predicting my estimated 1 rep max on squat could be about 165 lbs. or 170. I’m planning to test my 1 rep max pretty soon.

Kev