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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

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To get more strength in powerlifting, gotta mix it up with hypertrophy style training too… big muscle also gets big strength…

I look at powerlifting forums and debates online and most powerlifters believe you only gotta focus on heavy sets and few reps to get more strength. That’s what most of them told me in that Tnation forum during that heated debate. I agree and somewhat disagree. It’s important to do a lot of heavy sets and few reps, but you don’t want to train like that all the time. If you train like that all the time, week after week on a non-stop basis you could drain your body out. It could really fry out your cns (central nervous system) and training super-heavy all the time is also asking for injury too. Many powerlifters will never admit that they get injuries from training heavy all the time but they do.

How can you tell when your CNS is fried? Here’s a good little article about CNS when it comes to strength training:

http://www.warriorsciences.com/central-nervous-system-fatigue.html#.XMDP-ehKiUk

It’s not good to be lifting heavy in the gym all the time. It’s good to pick some light days too.

In the gym, I’m going to do another week of strength training and then the week after that, I will do nothing but hypertrophy style training on the big three for a long while.

To get more strength, many powerlifters just like to lift heavy all the time during their off-season training. Not me, though. There’s gotta be days where I got to lift lighter sets and high rep sets and I’m going to be doing that a lot more. To get super human strength and if you want to get the bigger PR’s, you gotta mix hypertrophy and strength training together. You gotta build muscle and size too ’cause that helps get you strength gains.

On my other exercises other than the big three, I train hypertrophy style on everything else but I know I’m getting stronger with all of my lifts. An example of this, on my bicep curls with dumbbells, I’m starting to do 40 lb. dumbbells for 8 – 10 reps for each set and I’ve never done that in the past. 25 lb. – 30 lb. dumbbells used to feel heavy for me but not anymore. Yeah, powerlifters will never admit that hypertrophy lifting will give you more strength too but it really works.

Sometimes you gotta leave your ego at the door and do some lighter lifting, ya know? Soon, I’m going to experiment with hypertrophy style training on squat, bench and deadlift later this Spring to see how that works. I’ll have to pick light days and heavy days which I will do from now on. In the past, I used to start off light and go heavier every set on the big three but I’m going to do things differently like train hypertrophy and strength training separately.

I will continue to train for heavy sets and few reps on squats and deadlift this week. I will continue to train like that for the big three next week. The week after that, I will train hypertrophy for a long while. Don’t wanna beat your body up too much.

Kev

Busting another powerlifting myth I see out there… powerlifting isn’t a skinny man’s sport? lmao…

During that debate on the Tnation forum in the powerlifting section, some dude told me that I looked skinny which I’ll take as a compliment, btw. The dude told me I needed to add some weight on me and put on some muscle. I didn’t bother replying to that guy but in my head, I was saying to myself, “Dude, I’ve been lifting weights in the gym for over 10 years and I don’t look muscular enough to you?”.

I’ve had many people tell me in person that I’m getting bigger in bodybuilding training and lots of people have told me that I’m getting all jacked up. People tell me these things to my face instead of online. I get positive feedback on my physique all the time. Yes, I’m going to get some critics on my physique but that’s okay.

There’s a ridiculous myth going around that “Powerlifting isn’t a skinny man’s sport”. Some people think powerlifting is for “big men” only. That’s just another ridiculous lie going around.

After watching three powerlifting meets and watching a bunch of live powerlifting meets online, I’ve seen plenty of skinny men competing. You’ll see skinny guys lifting the big ones… anywhere from 400 – 600 lbs. It’s insane. You see powerlifting is for everyone in all shapes and sizes.

The days of fat asses and overweight powerlifters are over. Some people think powerlifting is for fat asses only but that’s how powerlifting was in the old days. Ya know, I think the fitness and bodybuilding community have picked up on powerlifting. There’s even a lot of bodybuilders who have picked up on powerlifting too. It’s not just for fat men.

I believe powerlifting have gone mainstream. Nobody cares about bodybuilding anymore. Bodybuilding is a dying industry and it seems that everybody have switched to powerlifting including me. It’s amazing to see really. Everywhere in America you’ll see more powerlifting meets even in your hometown. You can love or hate powerlifting all you want to but the sport is exploding in America. It’s getting bigger and bigger.

I’m glad to be on this powerlifting journey. I wished I discovered powerlifting years ago.

Kev

Actually I won’t do my max out week at the end of this month, I’ll do it at the end of May instead…

I was gonna max out and test my pr’s on the big three: squat, bench and deadlift at the end of this month but then I thought to myself: “Nah, I think it’s better that I do it at the end of next month in May”. That way I can have plenty of time to train for strength for a few hoping to bring my numbers up some more.

I’m noticing I really did lose a little bit of deadlift strength simply because I stopped heavy deadlifting 3 weeks before a powerlifting meet. I’ll never do that again. I want to spend a lot of weeks to try and get it back. I’m hoping to lift over 300 lbs. for more repetitions this Spring/Summer and I’m gonna do all I can to get there. I guess I’m on the road to a 400 lb. deadlift pr. and if I’m lucky enough, I could get there easily the more I keep at it.

At the end of May sounds like a good plan to max out on the three lifts to find out what my pr’s are. After that, I won’t max out for a long while until the push/pull meet in August.

The key to building more strength is “consistency”. There’s no other way around it really. You have to keep at it week after week on a consistent basis. You slack off from the gym, take a lot of time off, you’re gonna lose that hard work. Don’t wanna do that.

For a long while now, I’ve been keeping at it 4 days a week all year round… even through the fall and winter, I have managed to keep my 4 day a week at the gym going. That’s why my numbers on the big three lifts went up quickly and they will continue to go up this year.

At the push/pull meet in August, I’m hoping to win first place in my weight class. If not 2nd place would be cool too. I’m looking to really bring up my numbers big for my 4th powerlifting meet. Again, that’s what you want to do in powerlifting… you want your numbers to keep going up for every meet you do. You don’t want them going down or staying the same ’cause that would suck.

People might make fun of my numbers that I have currently for the big three but maybe they will no longer make fun of me when I do reach my goals. Keep proving the doubters and haters wrong. That’s the beauty of powerlifting, ya know?

Kev

During off-season powerlifting training, why I start off my sets “hypertrophy” style and then heavy sets/few reps later…

Some may think my training style in powerlifting maybe pretty questionable. In powerlifting training, I usually start off light for the first couple of sets and then the last few sets that’s when I do the heavy sets/few reps. There are a few reasons why I train this way.

  1. It’s important to start off your sets “hypertrophy” style so you can work on your form and practice your technique. That is always crucial. You jump into heavy sets/few reps right away, your form could be a mess.
  2. I like to mix hypertrophy style training so I can build muscle mass and strength mass at the same time ’cause I always believed that building muscle is a part of strength training. Building more muscle will give you strength too and it’s always important to train like a bodybuilder still. Know what I mean?

I’ll probably continue to mix hypertrophy and strength training together but from now on, I think I’m going to do things differently. Come up with a different training program. I think from now on, I’m going to do a couple weeks of straight heavy sets/few reps and then I’ll pick a week of hypertrophy/lighter days like a “deload” week or something on the big three lifts.

For example:

Week 1: Heavy days

Week 2: Heavy days

Week 3: Heavy days

Week 4: Hypertrophy style/deload week

I’ll go with something along like that and that sounds like a good plan to me ’cause I was told that it’s not good to lift heavy week after week. It’s good to pick a light week, ya know?

I wanna build muscle as well. Not just strength.

I never thought I would say this but I think I’m in need of a powerlifting coach. I really need one. I already have a few but they live all the way out in Albany and I only see them on the powerlifting meets. I would need to get a powerlifting coach who is more locally and I’m going to do my best to find someone. Get a powerlifting coach who has a lot of powerlifting experience and knows what he’s doing. My own powerlifting coach would help and hope I get lucky enough to find one. Maybe I’ll put out an ad in craigslist or something maybe that would help, lol. If I want to become a great powerlifter someday then a coach is needed.

Kev

Actually the thought of waiting to set pr’s at a powerlifting meet instead of the gym is pretty dumb and here’s why…

After having that little argument and heated debate with those losers in the Tnation forum, some lifters in that thread told me… “you should only be testing pr’s at a powerlifting meet and not in a gym”. I thought it was a pretty good idea at first but after thinking about it a while, I now think it’s a pretty dumb idea.

Think about it. You have to know your personal best or “personal records” for the big three so you are able to get “three white lights” on all lifts or get most of them. If you wait to test out your “pr’s” at a meet then you could miss a lot of lifts if you don’t know what your numbers are. This is why I see so many bomb or get a lot of red lights on a meet ’cause simply they don’t come in prepared beforehand. Always come in prepared beforehand in a meet. That’s my philosophy.

After thinking about it a while, those that say, “you should be setting pr’s at a powerlifting meet, not in a gym”… are the ones who probably bombed out a lot or got red lighted a lot. Bombing is when a lifter fails all three attempts at a meet.

Going to a meet with a plan. Knowing all your numbers to ensure that you are able to smash these numbers on a meet and get three white lights on them all. When I go to a meet, I want to get three white lights on everything and not get too many red lights. So far, I’ve only missed three lifts out of the previous powerlifting meets I’ve done so that’s not too bad. You want to go in and do the numbers that you know you can do.

At the third powerlifting meet on March 30th, I was very sure that I was going smash that 300 lb. deadlift that I wanted to smash but when meet day came… it turned out that I missed that lift. Some guys told me in that Tnation post, “Not to worry about it ’cause we all have bad days in powerlifting”. I agree. You just move on and forget it. Missing the 300 lb. was my fault, though and I took responsibility since then. I’m not one of those that would make excuses and blame other people just because I missed a lift. You gotta move on and keep trying. It was my fault for a few reasons: 1) I stopped the heavy deadlifting 3 weeks out before a meet (lost a bit of strength ’cause of it) 2) My first two attempts were pretty heavy before the third attempt.

Ya know, on March 30th during the deadlift, if I started my first two attempts pretty light… I definitely would have smashed the 300 lb. with no problem. I could only get it halfway up and had to slam it back down when I could no longer do it. Sometime this week, I’ll post video of myself lifting that failed 300 lb. attempt on March 30th.

On my next powerlifting meet in August for the push and pull, this time I won’t stop deadlifting heavy too early and I will make sure my first two attempts would be pretty light before I do the big ones. Just gotta learn from your mistakes and never do them again.

On my next meet in August, I’m planning to attempt a 300 lb. or over deadlift again and next time I won’t mess up. Hopefully before the August meet, I’ll be pulling 350 lb. deadlifts but I’ll work my ass off during off-season training to get even higher numbers.

I love powerlifting. I hope to be in the sport for a very long time and I gotta train smart and carefully so I won’t get injured. If I get badly injured, I could be out for years or even for good so I gotta be careful and I am. Taking it very seriously.

I’m planning to max out and test my pr’s in a couple of weeks. After that, I won’t test my pr’s again for a long while. I’ll probably test my pr’s like every 4 or 6 weeks ’cause you don’t want to max out a lot.

At the gym today was leg day and I had a very good squat session. Was able to lift 145 – 150 lbs. for 3 – 5 reps. so I’m predicting that my estimated pr on squat should be about 160 lbs. right now. I’m on the road to 200 lbs. for squats and bench and I could probably get there this Spring/Summer. I’m halfway there and getting excited!

Kev

 

 

When will be the next time I’ll test out my 1 rep max on the big three, find out what my next pr’s are?

Now that I have my third powerlifting meet under my belt, some of you may ask when will I max out on the big three again and test out my latest pr’s? Well, I think I’m gonna do that at the end of this month; at the end of April. I’m gonna spend the next couple of weeks doing some strength training on the big three. Spend a couple of weeks doing mostly heavy sets and low reps. I really want to bring up my numbers BIG on the big three. Now that my numbers on the squats and bench are pretty much caught up with each other, I’m hoping to catch up on the bench and squat numbers along with the deadlift. Since my deadlift pr’s is at about 290 lbs. right about now, I’m hoping to catch up with bench and squats along with that number this year. I really want to bring my bench and squat numbers up to 200 lbs. or more this year. As far as deadlift goes, I’m really gonna bring my numbers up for that as well. Hoping I can get up to 350 lbs. on deadlift pr’s or more than that if lucky enough.

For the push and pull meet at Albany Strength in August, I’m hoping to really bring my total scores up a lot higher so I can earn either 2nd or 1st place in my weight class. I can really bring up the numbers quickly and easily the more I stay consistent with strength training. Just gotta keep at it week after week and I will. For the next push and pull meet, this time I won’t stop the heavy lifting so early before a meet ’cause you’ll lose strength for doing that. Lessons learned. I’ll never make that mistake again. Usually powerlifters stop the heavy lifting one-week out before a meet and sounds like a good idea.

I think on the week of April 29th will be the week I test out my 1 rep maxes on the bench, squat and deadlift. We’ll see how I do then.

Some would think that testing out your 1 rep maxes on the big three would be pretty pointless but when you’re a competitive powerlifter, you gotta do it. It’s important to know what your latest pr’s are every now and then in preparation for a meet.

Kev