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Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger the man himself speaks to the USAPL crowd at the Arnold Festival…

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man himself surprises powerlifting crowd at the USAPL meets at The Arnold Festival by making a special appearance. Guess he was there to help hype up the crowd and get the lifters all pumped up before they start lifting.

I know there has been stuff going on with the Arnold Festival over this Corona Virus stuff with the Arnold being partially cancelled over it and all that.

Now that I’m finally a USAPL member, I hope to one day compete at the Arnold and that’s the goal. One day I will compete for the major meets like the Arnold and the RAW Nationals and go pro. I’d love to win a gold medal someday (a real one) and that’s my dream. You can win actual gold through the USAPL which is awesome. Someday that will happen but I’m not gonna rush and take my time.

It would be cool for me to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger myself someday… while I don’t agree with his politics… I just respect the hell out of him ’cause he’s bodybuilding champion and I’m a fan of his movies.

Kev

Back into deadlifting after a two month break from it…

So I went back into deadlifting yesterday at the gym after a two month break, trying to heal an upper left leg injury. Still got it a little bit but good enough to get back into lower body lifting finally but gonna go in slow and easy at first.

Here’s me smashing an easy 250 lb. deadlift as a single to end my session with. I can do 250 lb. for more reps but I wanna go easy at first but this weekend I’m gonna go back to heavy deadlifting… see if I still got it and hopefully didn’t lose any strength but we’ll see. If I’m still able to smash 250 lb. easily then I probably still have it.

My goal this year for deadlift is to be able to do 300 lbs. or a little over for more reps. In other words, I’m hoping to get up to a 400 lb. pr sometime this year in 2020. On the road to 400 lbs.

My left leg is feeling way better now and it’s feeling okay. I wanna get back into lower body lifting right away so I don’t lose muscle and strength.

Even though I took a few week break of lifting altogether, it seems I haven’t lost strength at all which is amazing really. I seem to still have it with my upper body lifting too.

Injury setbacks sucks but I’m gonna be more careful this year this time. Getting injuries is all part of lifting… it’s the name of the game. When a lifter claims “they never get injured”, it’s a lie… don’t trust them when they say that. You know they’re full of it ’cause their ego is so big, they’ll never admit they get injured in the gym. Even the more experience lifters and pros get injuries. We all get ’em once in a blue moon but if you’re getting them frequently and all the freakin’ time then you’re doing something wrong for sure.

I think what’s helping with my left leg injury that I’ve been doing some stretching and a lot more walking on the treadmill which seems to be helping.

Kev

Went to the gym for leg day earlier today but didn’t go too crazy on heavy lifting for squats… felt pretty good…

Yeah, I ended up going back to the gym earlier today after all and trained the quads today after all. I had my squat session but didn’t go super heavy for this session. I only kept the weight numbers between 85 0 120 lbs. on squats.

I’m squatting with the right depth that the USAPL asks for. Ya know, all powerlifting federations have different definition of squat depth but the USAPL wants the “hip crease joint to go lower than the top of the knees” which is pretty freakin’ deep… kind of like ass to the grass squats almost. It feels wicked deep to me ’cause I’m a short guy. I’m 5 foot 5. I’m finally learning to squat with the right depth and it’s feeling good really. USAPL depth feels wicked heavy, though… holy shit… getting the hang of squats more and it’s growing on me.

Feels good to get back in the gym again. Gonna do back day tomorrow and try deadlifting to see how that goes. I miss the deadlifting. Want to get back into that too. Do I still have my 300 lb. deadlift? Not sure and I’ll give it a shot!

Kev

Leg injury update, still got it a little bit but I can feel it going away though…

Thought I would give you a little injury update on my left leg… since I took three weeks off of lower body lifting, I can feel the left leg getting better. Still not 100% yet but getting there. I don’t want to get back into lower body lifting again ’cause if I did, I would re-injure it and it would come back and that’s what I don’t want. I can’t go back to lower body lifting at all until it heals 100%. I predict that it could take a couple of more weeks to heal fully… maybe like 2 or 3 weeks, we’ll see how it goes. If it takes a whole month off to heal the injury all the way, I’ll take it.

My left shoulder is bothering me again a little bit so I guess no upper body lifting for a while as well, lmao. That means I gotta stay away from weightlifting altogether if I want my minor injuries to heal completely.

I know these injuries are going away ’cause I can feel them. Even though I can’t get back into weightlifting at all, I won’t stop going to the gym, though. I can go to the gym and just walk the treadmill for an hour but that’s about all I can do. I did end up taking a full week off of the gym last week so that helped a lot.

Like I said, it’s completely okay to take time off from the gym if you’re hurting ’cause that’s what you gotta do. I don’t think anything is torn ’cause if something was torn you would see some nasty discoloring and I don’t have any of that. I think these minor injuries are just a strain or a pull or something, nothing that bad. I want them gone forever so no lifting until they are gone. I’ll take a full month off or more than a month, whatever it takes.

Getting injuries suck as I have had them before and they do take forever to heal. Yeah, you may lose a little muscle and a little strength during recovery but like I said, don’t worry… you’ll get it all back pretty quick. I do miss the deadlifting already and I want to get back into it pretty badly but not until I’m 100%.

I don’t regret taking time off from the gym for these injuries, though ’cause it’s almost at the end of the year and it’s a good time to heal anyways ’cause once I do heal fully… I’m gonna get back into kicking ass in the gym in 2020.

When I look in the mirror, though… I couldn’t believe how big my arms and my shoulders are getting, though. Hate to brag about myself but my arms are getting impressive.

I’m getting better… just gotta stop lifting for a while longer. I know it sucks but that’s what I gotta do. I want to get back into strength training for powerlifting real soon but not right now. Hopefully I’ll be 100% in the month of Dec.

Kev

Still no deadlifting and lower body work until left leg heals 100%…

Another week of skipping deadlifting and leg day workouts. I hate it so much and it’s pissing me off but it’s the best thing I can do if I want this left leg injury to go away completely. It is getting better, though. Slowly but surely. I can tell whether or not I still got it by either standing for a long time or even sitting. I don’t need no doctor ’cause I know it’s a healable injury so I’ll recover it fine by myself.

I could get back to deadlifting and lower body work if I wanted but I’m not gonna ’cause if I did then the injury would come back and would take even longer to heal. It’ll probably take a few more weeks to get rid of it.

As I soon as I do heal 100% and when I’m completely injury free, I’m gonna get back to serious lower body lifting. Get right back to deadlifting and squatting so I can prepare for my first USAPL powerlifting meet whenever that will be. I don’t know if I’ll do a USAPL meet this year but definitely sometime in 2020. I just want to give myself more time and bring my numbers up on the bench, deadlift and squat.

I might lose a little bit of muscle and “strength” but I’ll be back on fire real soon. It’s crazy, ya know. I rarely get injuries in the gym and I haven’t gotten injured in a long time. How did I get this minor leg injury? I blame the leg press either that or doing so much for the legs. I’m gonna have to cut out some quad exercises so I won’t get it again.

My leg is getting better the more I don’t put weight on it so I’ll give it a lot more time.

I brought my gym days back down to 3 days a week but as soon as my leg fully heals, I’ll get right back to 4 days a week as soon as possible. When you have a leg injury you gotta stop deadlifting ’cause the deadlift takes a lot of leg work. The deadlift targets the whole lower body pretty much.

As soon as my leg heals completely, back to some serious lifting. I think I’ll take a whole month of Nov. off of lower body lifting so I can give it more time. Sounds like a good idea, I think.

Kev

Well, I finally joined the USAPL powerlifting federation… I decided to do it after all!!!!

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Well well well, look 👀. I am now an official member of USAPL. Powerlifting is my new life and glad I discovered it. I joined USAPL so I can start doing their local and state powerlifting meets around the New York State. As far as the big National meets go, I’m not gonna rush into that so for now I’m gonna stick with local and state. I’m not gonna go too crazy with doing powerlifting meets for the USAPL ‘cause I’m only gonna do like 1 or two a year through NY State. Now I’m hoping to break some state records in the future. Let’s do this. I’m proud to join the USAPL finally and getting stoked. Let’s do this!!! Toldja I was serious about it. #powerlifting #USAPL #bench #deadlift #squat @knautel @jasmine_nautel

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Well y’all, I actually did it this week. I joined the USAPL. My powerlifting career officially begins. It was $65 for registration fee and if I ever did my first USAPL meet, I would be competing in the Masters Division since I’m an over 40 lifter.

Yeah, doing powerlifting meets is gonna be expensive… the admission fee to compete in USAPL meets could cost around $60 – $100 or more. Powerlifting might be “pricey” yes but hey, like they all say “You can only live once”… which is true. Since you can only live once, I wanna do “great” things in my life and powerlifting is my calling. Powerlifting gives me something to do and makes me feel like an athletic person.

When I start doing USAPL meets like the instagram post says I’m only gonna do like 1 or 2 powerlifting meets a year… maybe 3 if I get lucky. For now, I’m only going to do local and state meets for the USAPL.

Will I ever compete on the bigger national meets like the RAW Nationals like they have every year? Yes, I will absolutely compete on the RAW Nationals someday but I’m not gonna rush on that one and gonna take my time. I’m not gonna compete on the RAW Nationals until I start hitting the bigger weights. When I start hitting over 500 lbs. on the squats, bench and deadlift maybe I’ll start thinking about the RAW Nationals but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. I also want to compete for the Arnold Festival too someday but I’m not gonna rush on that either.

I’m just gonna start small and build my way up. I’m hoping to be one of the greats in powerlifting someday so I joined the USAPL in hopes of making that dream come true.

So when will be my first USAPL powerlifting meet??? I don’t know. I’m thinking about doing the Northeast Ironbeast in Loudonville, NY in Jan. I’m nursing a left leg injury so I’m hoping it heels all the way before then. I’m sure it will. I’m still trying to recover from the left leg injury completely. I skipped leg day last week and will skip lower body workouts this week too so I can give it more time to heal ’cause I want the injury gone for good. My left leg has gotten better, though. I still feel it a little bit and still feeling a little leg weakness but I’m not gonna go back to lower body workouts until I don’t feel it at all.

Whenever I do heal completely and fully, I’m going to train real hard on deadlift and squats.

Now that I’m a USAPL member, I’m going to have to take some time to read their powerlifting rulebook ’cause it’s important.

Yeah, powerlifting is my new lifestyle and I’m glad to be a part of the community. My numbers for deadlift, squats and bench maybe kind of small right now but give it time, I’ll build them up real soon. Building strength will take some time.

Powerlifting really is a blast. Love it so much, I can see why the sport is getting so popular and exploding nowadays. It’s a blast to show off what you can do and it’s fun to watch other lifters as well. I want to win and kick ass in powerlifting. Win all kinds of trophies and medals, break state and world records. Get ready, y’all. This is only the beginning. So happy that I found a sport that I do.

Kev

Why powerlifters miss a lot of lift attempts on competition day??? Just guesses…

I’ve been a part of the powerlifting community for a long while now and I’ve been watching powerlifting meets online and live in person. One thing I’ve noticed that a lot of powerliftters miss a lot of lifts on competition day and even worse, some powerlifters “bomb out”. Why is it that they miss lifts? A lot of them make excuses like “I wasn’t feeling it” and no it’s not that at all. I think one of the big reasons that powerlifters miss lifts is ’cause they don’t choose their attempts wisely.

Why is it that a lot of powerlifters lift a successful 1st attempt on a lift on meet day but they miss their 2nd and third attempts? I think it’s because their 1st attempt was way too heavy. They start off too heavy. The same reason they miss their third attempt when they got a successful 1st and second ’cause their 1st and 2nd attempts were a bit heavy. They don’t choose their attempts wisely at all.

Many powerlifters egos are so huge and they won’t admit that. Many think they’re gonna go into meet day smashing new PR’s when they ended up missing lifts whether they plan to smash new pr’s on either their 2nd or 3rd. They end up missing either one.

Yeah, powerlifting maybe all about lifting the most weight as possible but it doesn’t have to be. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going into a powerlifting competition and lifting the weights that you feel most comfortable and know you’re going to hit successfully. It should be all about building up the score total and winning awards. I would rather go for a full 9 for 9… get 3 white lights on everything. That’s the kind of powerlifter I prefer to be. Be more worried about building up my score instead of hitting new PR’s on the platform hoping to make either 3rd, 2nd and even 1st place in my weight class. I’m hoping to make 1st place in my weight class someday at a powerlifting meet and I haven’t achieved that goal yet but I want to. That’s why I can’t miss any lifting attempts at a meet and I don’t like missing lifts on a meet.

I’ve done only three powerlifting meets so far, just small local meets and out of those three meets I’ve done… I’ve only missed one lift which was the 300 lb. deadlift. That’s because I blame it on myself and went too heavy on my 1st and 2nd attempts which I shouldn’t have done that. If you want to do a successful 3rd attempt lift, saving some in the tank is key. Leaving some gas in for the lift, ya know?

Another problem why powerlifters miss lifts at meets is that I see many powerlifters rushing their setups. Ya know, just walking up to the bar and rushing to pick it up. Many powerlifters would just walk to the bar quickly doing their usual rituals and act like tough guys before they make the lift. You know when you see powerlifters act like tough guys, squeezing their hands into fists, clenching their teeth… growling or screaming before they lift…. blah blah blah, ya get the deal ya know??? In my opinion, I think doing all that is bad. Just a waste of energy and that’s why they miss lifts ’cause they get too excited and too fired up. I understand it’s their way of “attacking” the bar and part of getting “aroused” but I think they need to take their time and slow down. On competition day, they give you one minute for you to get ready before you make your attempt… that’s plenty of time even if it may not seem like it so don’t rush your setup. I like to take my time with my setups during big three lifts ’cause I need to focus and get in the zone.

I also have a problem of “missing lifts” at the gym during training sessions and I read an interesting article about that the other day. It’s not even good to miss lifts during training either. I remember the article saying treat every rep as if it’s your 1 rep max which is a good idea and the article said if you don’t want to miss lifts, train ’til “technical failure” which is also a cool idea.

Powerlifting doesn’t always have to be about lifting the most weight possible… just lift the ones you can do. I think it’s better to do it that way so my scores can count and my total can build up. It’s completely okay to leave your ego at the door. I am into this to get strong and be the best that I can be.

Will I use upcoming powerlifting meets to set new PR’s as my third attempt? Probably not, I don’t know. I would rather set new pr’s in the gym during training ’cause I need to know my 1 rep maxes so I can decide what my 3 attempts are gonna be for the big three lifts. I would much rather have all my scores count instead of missing 1 or 2.

I’m about to start doing meets for the USAPL very soon and I want to do them smart and be careful. One day I’ll become a world record breaking champ and if I want to get there, I got to train smart and I will.

Kev