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“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

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Starting next week, I think I’m going to take two de-load weeks on weightlifting… I need it…

Ya know, after some long hard thinking on why I had a terrible deadlift 1 rep max out week, I know what the problem is. I think the big issue was that my form was a little off. I think I was standing a little too far away from the bar which was a part of why I couldn’t lift heavy weight off the floor. If I stood one inch in front of the bar, I probably would have gotten it. Deadlifting with the foot stance far away from the bar will not lift the bar off the ground. You gotta stand a bit close to it. The bar must be over the middle of your feet. I think my setup was terrible which was why I couldn’t do it. Usually my deadlift startup and form was really good but lessons learned next time.

I think I’m going to deload for the next two weeks ’cause I really need it, ya know? I’m reading some powerlifting forums on why your deadlift is getting weaker, they say you either need to take two weeks off of deadlifting or de-load for two weeks. I’m not gonna take time off from deadlifting so I’m just gonna lift light. Doing some research, I’m reading about that even if you do light lifting and high reps that will still be taxing for your body so I’m just going to do light lifting and few reps. Nothing too crazy. I’m going to give that a try. De-load for two weeks and then get back into regular strength training.

I think I need to take my time and not rush to get to the bigger numbers. So many powerlifters out there want to rush their numbers when they shouldn’t. You shouldn’t get so ahead of yourself and that’s what I don’t want, ya know?

Also, when powerlifters can’t get the numbers they want… their ego gets so big that they get all defensive and they make all kinds of excuses of why they couldn’t hit those numbers. Well, not me. I’m going to be realistic with all of my mistakes and take responsibility for them all. That’s what annoying about other powerlifters. Many of them will never admit why they bomb out at powerlifting meets and they will never be realistic on why they get “red lights”. They make silly excuses like: “Oh, I wasn’t feeling it” and all that crap. Oh, cut the bullcrap. You mess up in powerlifting ’cause it’s probably your fault to begin with. A lot of powerlifters don’t train smart. At powerlifting meets, I’ve seen many powerlifters that miss lifts on the first and even second attempts ’cause why? They start off too damn heavy is why. At powerlifting meets, your first two attempts on the platform should be considered easy warmup sets but on your third attempt will be your max out. That’s how you can put on a successful meet. I’ve done three powerlifting meets so far and I’ve done a good job at all three of them.

Yeah, I think I need to take it easy for a while with the lifting. Do nothing but light lifting on everything for the next two week and then the week after, time to get back to serious business. I’ll be deadlifting over 300 lbs. very soon, y’all. I’ll get my “fire” back again. It’s just gonna take some time.

I want to be really good at deadlifts and don’t wanna mess up. I’m not gonna lie that I want to be one of the bests. I want to be great at deadlifting. I’m already am doing pretty good but this is only the beginning.

Kev

Tried to max out on deadlift for my 1 rep max test earlier today but it wasn’t very good…

Today, I was gonna go for my 1 rep max test on the deadlift at the gym earlier today but once again, I didn’t have it in me. I swore I hit a 310 lb. deadlift in the past and for some reason I can’t do it again. I even couldn’t hit a 300 lb. and 295 lb. deadlift and I knew I got those numbers before.

So I ask myself, “Am I getting weaker on deadlift? Am I plateauing?” The answer is no to both of those questions.

I don’t think I’m getting weaker. When you notice your deadlift, bench or squat numbers has been staying the same or going down, there is a reason for that. Mostly because your body is beat up, fatigue and your CNS is probably getting fried. I’m realizing that maybe testing out 1 rep maxes after a few weeks of strength training isn’t the best idea. Before you test your 1 rep maxes on the big three, you should take a de-load week before you do it. My mistake, my bad and lessons learned.

I’m not injured so don’t worry but honestly, I do feel beat up a little bit. I need a de-load week anyways. What is “de-load”? You probably heard that term in the weightlifting world before and here is a great post over at bodybuilding.com explaining what “de-load” is and how to do it…

https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=121391461&fbclid=IwAR3TsYMD30CTaAjtje6NrsZpzxWjc7-rlYkshQdOLG4Ybl5bw_HS8_GvmOQ

I didn’t lose deadlift strength. I’m pretty sure I didn’t. I just need to take a breather, go easy and take a de-load week and I’ll do that next week. I’ll admit it, I’ve been doing a lot of heavy sets and few reps for the past 3 or 4 weeks to train for strength. I’ve should have taken a de-load week before maxing out and I’ll keep that in mind next time.

Like I said before, I’m still pretty new to powerlifting training. I got a lot to learn so I’m gonna make a lot of mistakes. I don’t feel bad about not being able to lift a 300 lb. deadlift again ’cause every powerlifter out there goes through this. Even the greatest powerlifters out there go through bad days on the deadlift platform. They all go through it.

I’ll get it back again, though. Next week, I’ll take a de-load week and I need to de-load more often. Train for strength for like 3 weeks straight and then the week after de-load. I gotta learn to train smart and be more careful. I’m sure I’ll deadlift 300 or over soon, it’s just going to take a little while longer. I’ll be on fire again real soon, just wait!

A lot of powerlifters out there get upset when they can’t get numbers they want but I’m not gonna panic and not gonna let it get to me. Last thing you want to do is freak out about it. Admittedly, I was a little frustrated… not gonna lie… I just gotta learn to de-load more and I will. Lifting super heavy week after week like the post from bodybuilding.com said is not good. You gotta have your light weeks.

Kev

Feeling really great on deadlifts…watch me pull a 280 lbs. for a double…

I’ve been killing it on the deadlifts for the past couple of weeks. Today, I just did a 280 lb. for a double which was pretty easy. Maybe I should have gone for a 3rd rep on that number but definitely another time.

I think next week will be 1 rep max week on the big three so I can find out what my bests lifts are. Hopefully soon I’ll be doing 300 lbs. for reps which is what my goal is right now.

This is the first video I made on my new Ipod touch Gen. 6th. Enjoy.

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

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

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