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Here’s my latest deadlift video… me going for a 285 lb. heavy single… felt good and easy…

Man, today was a killer deadlift session. Today, I’ve done 2 sets of 255 lbs. for 5 reps each. Then I did 260 for 3 reps and then 265 for three reps. For the next set, I did 280 for a heavy single which felt easy and then ended my deadlift session with a 285 single.

This is my last deadlift session for a long while ’cause I’m going on vacation next week which means that next week, I’ll be taking a full week off of weight lifting. I really need it. I haven’t had a week off of weight lifting in a real long time so next week is a perfect week to take one.

Just two more days of workouts this week and then I’ll be done working out for a while ’cause I need a break from it. Next week, take a full week off from the gym totally.

Some of you may think that’s bad but it’s not. You may ask will I lose muscle and lose strength? No. In fact, I will get a lot more of both ’cause you’re giving your body time to rest and heal which is what I need pretty badly. When I come back from vacation, I’ll probably be a lot stronger.

It’s okay to take a week off from weightlifting once in a blue moon, just don’t over do it, ya know? I take a week off from weightlifting in the gym like once or twice a year. Not a whole lot.

Just gonna do leg day and arm day this week and that’s it for a while.

Today was a killer deadlift session and I’m on fire again. Since I was able to smash a 285 lb. single then my estimated p.r. on deadlift would probably be 300. I’m trying to get to 300 lbs. for more reps but I’ll get there soon. Hopefully I get there this Aug. if lucky enough.

I am feeling stronger and stronger on the big three: squat, bench and deadlift. It feels amazing. Glad I got into powerlifting!

Kev

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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

Powerlifting training is really helping my physique and getting more muscle gains… so glad I got into it…

Man… doing all this powerlifting training which I have been doing for about a year now has been really paying off. I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten some major chest gains since I’ve gotten into bench pressing full time. For flat bench, I do strength training for like 1 – 5 reps on each set but I do hypertrophy training for like 8 – 12 reps on incline bench and cable crossovers for muscle gains. If you’re going to train for strength, I figure it’s important to build muscle too. Building muscle helps get you stronger, believe it or not.

I’m getting some major gains on the lower body ’cause I do a lot more lower body stuff than the upper body. My quads feel like they’re getting bigger. My calves are finally developing too. Although I train the calves with standing and seated calves, I also train the calves with all the barbell squatting and deadlifting that I do too. Doing barbell squats and deadlifting, they both work the calves too. My calves are getting slightly bigger finally.

I always knew that getting into powerlifting training full time would help my physique even more and it’s happening. I’m soon going to be posing for bodybuilding pics so you can see what I’m talking about.

Powerlifting training really can give you muscle gains. Heavy lifting can really help. I’m proud to get into strength training finally and I’m definitely getting stronger on the big three lifts too. It’s going to take some more time for me to get to the bigger numbers but I’ll get there soon.

There’s a lot of great benefits in powerlifting, it’s quite a ride really. I’m having a blast doing it.

Kev

Gonna stop doing bent over barbell rows and will swap it with t-bar rows instead, I think…

For a long while now, I’ve been doing bent over barbell rows ’cause I’ve read that it’s the best workout to really help deadlift strength. I think I’m going to stop doing those for good simply ’cause I don’t feel safe doing them. I’m noticing that it’s messing up my left hip a little bit and hurting my left glute a little bit. Not sure why it is. Maybe my form was off a little bit and maybe you don’t need to lift superheavy weights on that one, I don’t know but I’m gonna stop doing bent over rows for something else. The pain wasn’t that bad and I’m completely okay now. I just don’t feel comfortable doing bent over rows for barbell and it’s not my favorite workout.

I think I’m going to swap it with t-bar rows ’cause they are better, I think. I haven’t done t-bar rows in a long while and I think I’m going to get back to it.

To lift really heavy deadlifts off the floor, you gotta have a really strong back all around. I’m trying to find back exercises that would help. I think the t-bar row will be better ’cause the t-bar row works your entire back… the bent over row for barbell only works your middle back and lats.

I’ll continue to do lat pull downs and seated cable rows ’cause they’ll be good to work the back. I’ve always done those two workouts.

If you want to have a big deadlift, you also got to work on your grip and I found that farmer’s walk will help grip strength. I’ve been doing farmer’s walk more and more.

The deadlift works the entire body so you also have to have pretty strong legs as well ’cause the deadlift is kind of like the leg press too. I’ve been doing exercises for the legs and all that. Getting back into using the leg press again, doing leg ext. and hamstring curl machines on leg days.

Working to get my 300 lb. deadlift back and doing all I can to get there but I want to get there without hurting myself with the other exercises so I’m going to ditch the bent over barbell row for something else.

When you want to get into powerlifting for the bench, squat and deadlift… you still gotta train like a bodybuilder on the other workouts. Even in powerlifting, you still gotta build muscle ’cause building muscle helps get you stronger too. Powerlifters will never admit that. They seem to focus on the big three only and I disagree. You can’t neglect the power of hypertrophy training ’cause I still do that.

Back to the bent over row, I’m just not a big fan of that anymore and swapping that with the t-bar row sounds good to me. I’m hoping to get my 300 lb. deadlift back in time before the Aug. 30th push/pull meet in Albany and I want to be completely injury free at this one.

I’m hoping to do 300 lbs. for more reps this year if I’m lucky enough and I will get there. Just gotta stay consistent. Losing my 300 lb. deadlift was my fault, though. The reason that happened is ’cause I stopped the heavy deadlifting too early before a powerlifting meet and I’ll never do that again. I’ll get it back soon enough. Just you wait.

I’ve also saw a video on youtube where a guy says you shouldn’t have to worry about de-loading after 4 – 6 weeks when strength training. This youtuber says the only time you should take a week off of strength training is when you get injured or get sick. You don’t de-load or take a week break too often at all. If you want to get strong and stay strong, gotta stay consistent on a weekly basis. I think de-loading will make you weaker and I’ll have a post on that soon.

I love powerlifting. I gotta do it right and do it smart.

Kev

The reality of plateauing in strength training & powerlifting, I’m not plateauing at all… it’s just that strength takes time…

Ya know, after thinking about it a long while, I’m not plateauing at all. I did a lot of research on how to “bust plateaus” and most information I see through the weightlifting industry is really all a joke. I mean, a couple of weeks ago I deadlifted a 280 lbs. for a double and did a 285 lbs. as a heavy single. If I’ve been doing that, I’m not getting weaker at all and getting stronger every time. I gotta stop worrying about hitting 300 lbs. deadlift and keep doing what I’m doing. Before you know it, I’ll be deadlifting over 300 lbs. for more reps pretty soon so I gotta keep at it and strength will come in time.

All these guys in the fitness world worrying about losing strength, well, I don’t think they lost any at all. Strength gain is a slow process that’s the thing, ya know? I look at all these info on blogs and powerlifting websites and they give you all these “magical” programs that promises to break through plateaus. It’s all just a bunch of click bait bullshit that does nothing but help trying to promote their sites so don’t believe everything you see on the internet when it comes to weightlifting info.

Yeah, you will see your numbers stay the same and lose some and so many powerlifters and bodybuilders gets pissed when they notice that stuff happening. They shouldn’t get upset and not get so worked up over it ’cause every weightlifter out there goes through it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, strength gain will come on its own. It just comes whenever it wants to. Don’t believe all these magical tricks that you see online, ya know what I’m talking about? Blogs that are titled, “5 ways to never hit a plateau again” and blah blah blah blah. That’s what I’m talking about.

While I find most of that stuff a bunch of bullshit… I do agree with a few things here and there. One thing that I agree with what they say is that I need to sleep more ’cause I admit, I’ve been hitting the gym first thing early in the morning. That’s what I do during the Spring/Summer is hit the gym early in the morning as soon as I wake up. That’s not good and I gotta stop that. You need more sleep if you want to smash the big weights.

I also agree that I need to do less cardio and stop cutting weight. I don’t want to eat too many calories ’cause I don’t want to become a fat powerlifter but I’m definitely gonna eat more though instead of less. I need to educate myself on calorie deficit and all that stuff.

I also agree with them on taking deload weeks more often which I just started doing and that already seems to be helping I’m noticing. Take a week off or a deload week. I’m planning to take a week off from the gym completely pretty soon ’cause I’m going on vacation on the first week of Aug.

There’s no such thing as a “plateau” when it comes to strength training. It’s just a silly myth. I see so many new powerlifters online getting so mad when they notice that their numbers stay the same or dropping. Too many newbie powerlifters want to rush the big numbers and that’s what I don’t want. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself and I’m gonna take my time.

I’ll just continue to do what I do. Just train for strength on the big three for like 1 – 5 reps for 5 sets each. Just gotta be patient, ya know? Of course, a lot of lifters don’t know what the word “patience” means anymore.

Kev

Found a great video by Alan Thrall on how to break plateau’s on the big three lifts… I got to learn how to do volume training which sounds like a good idea…

Ever since I’ve gotten into powerlifting training full time, I’ve noticed that I’ve been plateauing a bit. I’ve plateaued on the bench in the past before but doing great on bench again. I’m plateauing on deadlift now and trying to come up with a plan on how to break through and overcome it.

I think I’ve came up with a plan. I think I need to start learning “volume training” which I will read more into it this weekend so I can start “volume training” right away next week. I want to get stronger faster and go up in numbers each time I hit the gym.

I’m not gonna lie that it is kind of frustrating seeing my numbers staying the same or going down. “Volume Training” sounds like a good idea and I’m gonna be looking into that.

I don’t have a powerlifting coach and doing this all by myself so I have no choice but to teach myself.

This is a great video and Alan Thrall is one of my favorite weightlifting youtube channels.

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