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When will I start doing USAPL meets in powerlifting? Hopefully soon! I’m going to register with them this year…

So some of you may ask, since I’ve gotten myself into powerlifting when will I start doing the USAPL meets?

USAPL website here: https://www.usapowerlifting.com/

My powerlifting friends that I go to Albany Strength with are USAPL members. I’ve got to sign up with USAPL pretty soon and I will this year. Probably sometime this Spring. It’s $55 for registration so it’s not that bad.

I would like to start doing local USAPL meets around the Capital Region and I would also like to start doing some national meets too. Before I start thinking about doing the big time national meets, I’m going to wait until I get to the bigger numbers like lift the big three lifts around 600 lbs. – 800 lbs. Sometime I would like to do the national meets so I can start breaking records and all that.

For now, I’m going to stick with doing powerlifting meets at Albany Strength and the YMCA for a while. The YMCA Wilton Branch does powerlifting meets every once in a while so I’m gonna do those too.

I’ll start doing USAPL meets pretty soon it’s just that I don’t want to get too ahead of myself and not rush, ya know? Like I said, I’ll stick with Albany Strength for a long while ’cause doing meets there are such a blast.

I really do love powerlifting and I just found a new passion. I hope to stick with the sport for a long time. Some of you may ask me, “But Kev, you’re too old for powerlifting.” I’m not too old at all. Powerlifting is for everyone of all ages. When you go watch a poewrlifting meet, you’ll see lifters who are 50 years old or older. Age is just a number. If you want to do it then do it. It’s never too late for anything!

Kev

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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

 

Reasons why I missed the 300 lb. deadlift at Albany Strength, a few theories on why I think what happened…

So why did I miss the 300 lb. deadlift as my third attempt at Albany Strength last Saturday? I’ve been trying to figure out on what the cause was. Earlier today at the gym was back day which means it was deadlifting day. I did a little deadlifting. Mostly heavier sets and low reps. When I started my deadlift session, I opened my set with a 275 lb. single and it felt kind of heavy so I only did one rep. I’m like, “uh oh, did I lose a little bit of deadlift strength?” Yes, I did I guess. Why did I lose a little bit of deadlift strength? Was it because I stopped deadlifting heavy a bit too early before meet day? Yes, I think that’s definitely it. I stopped heavy deadlifting 3 weeks out of the meet. The week after that I lifted everything super light all week, the next week after that I took a 5 day break from the gym. I guess I lost a little bit of muscle and strength ’cause of that.

Another reason I missed the 300 lb. deadlift is that I may have opened a bit too heavy. My opener on meet day for deadlift was a big 285 lbs. Maybe I should have opened a lot lighter than that, ya know?  If I opened a lot lighter then I definitely would have smashed the 300 lb. deadlift with no problem.

So lessons learned, y’all. Next time I do a powerlifting meet, I won’t stop deadlifting heavy too early. Usually what a lot of powerlifters would do is that they’ll practice their openers one-week out of the meet and that’s it. Sounds like a good idea. Opening attempts should be real easy, something you could do for a triple.

I picked 285 as my opening attempt ’cause it always felt easy to me but when it came to meet day, it felt freakin’ heavy, WOW. That’s when I began to think I may have lost a little bit of deadlift strength ’cause I stopped deadlifting heavy too early. Well, never again. That’s what powerlifting is all about, ya know? It’s a learning experience. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes in powerlifting so you just have to learn from them and never make them again.

I didn’t lose a lot of deadlifting strength, just a little bit but I’ll get it back, though. Sometime in the future, I hope to start doing 300 lbs. for reps but I’ll get there the more I stay consistent with this and I will.

At Albany Strength gym, there’s gonna be another powerlifting meet in August which is just gonna be push & pull. It’s just gonna be bench and deadlift and no squat. I have plenty of time to really bring up my bench and deadlift numbers before the push & pull meet in August. For this meet, I’m hoping to be up to 200 lbs. bench and hope to be past 300 lbs. deadlift before then. I really want to bring my numbers up for the next one. That’s what powerlifting is all about, ya know? You always want to bring your numbers up for every meet you do.

I want to become a great powerlifter someday. Become great where you get recognized for it. I feel I already am doing pretty damn good but it’s only the beginning. Someday I would love to sign up for the USAPL so I can start doing the bigger meets. My dream one day is hopefully compete at the Arnold Festival and maybe compete at the Animal Cage. The Animal Cage  is way cool but I’m going to wait to hit the really huge weights first before I think about that. 

I really love powerlifting. It’s become a huge obsession and a new passion of mine.

Kev

My third powerlifting meet at Albany Strength went real well yesterday… kicked some ass like I said I would…

So yesterday was my third powerlifting meet at Albany Strength. It went very well. I knew I was gonna do well and I told ya so.

Like my Instagram post says, my best pr’s from yesterday:

Squat = 150 lbs.

Bench = 155 lbs.

Deadlift = 290 lbs.

Total score = 595 lbs.

I smashed all the numbers I wanted to smash except I missed one lift. Attempted 300 lbs. as my final attempt on deadlift but missed. Oh well, people there were really hoping I would smash 300 lbs… even the owner/director of Albany Strength who is John was hoping I would smash a 300 lbs. but didn’t have it in me unfortunately.

Even though I missed the big 300 lb. deadlift, I’m still pretty proud of these numbers ’cause I really brought them up, big. Even the owner/director of Albany Strength who’s name is John Payette was shocked that my numbers were way up this year. I just simply told him that I’ve been working extremely hard. Hard work pays off.

Ya know, when you miss lifts at powerlifting meets, the last thing you want to do is feel bad about it. You don’t ever want to feel bad about missing lifts ’cause everyone misses lifts at powerlifting meets. Even the greatest powerlifters you see miss lifts too. There were plenty lifters that were missing lifts all over. It’s not a big deal so just be proud of the effort.

Some of you may say, why did I miss the 300 lbs. deadlift? Truthfully, I blame it on those 100 lb. weight plates ’cause they felt wicked heavy. I was able to smash 300 lbs. at the gym at the YMCA but at Albany Strength, I couldn’t do it. Is there a difference between the Y’s weight plates and Albany Strength weight plates? Could be. I’m pretty sure I didn’t lose some deadlifting strength, maybe I did, I don’t know. Maybe I maxed out on deadlift a bit too early before competition.  Maybe I didn’t “peak” and “taper” correctly, I don’t know. I’ll figure out what happened. At the Battenkill Y, I’ll try to attempt a 300 lb. deadlift again and see what happens. I’m pretty sure it’s the difference in weight plates.

Like I said, I don’t feel bad about missing a 300 lb. deadlift, I feel proud that I went for it anyways. I feel proud that I brought it and put on a show like I’ve been promising. I didn’t disappoint the spectators which was the goal.

John the owner of Albany Strength says there’s going to be another powerlifting meet in August so I have plenty of time to really bring my numbers up for the next one. I think I’m going to have to train at Albany Strength more often ’cause it’s a wicked cool gym. I’ll figure out how I’m gonna get there. I don’t have a membership at Albany Strength but I can get in with a $5 day pass.

After the meet got over with, I got a lot of compliments by a lot of people. People told me “Good job”, got a lot of hand shakes, fist bumps and high fives.

It was a great time like always. Met some cool new people and it’s always a blast watching the other lifters and cheering them all on. I love powerlifting. It’s becoming a huge obsession.

Now I have plenty of video footage, I’ll finish the rest of “My Story – Part 2” this week.

Kev

I’m so glad that I’ve gotten into powerlifting full time, it’s totally worth it!!!

I’ve decided to get into powerlifting training full time ever since my first powerlifting meet back in Aug. of 2018. Before then, I never saw myself as a powerlifter. I always saw myself as a bodybuilder type of lifter. How did I discover and got myself into powerlifting?

Well, it’s kind of a funny story. What happened was I got these friends in facebook who are powerlifters. They do powerlifting meets all the freakin’ time and I watch their live videos of their meets every time they do one. I would comment on their videos a lot giving them compliments on their lifting and stuff. I told them that they are inspiring me to get into “powerlifting” and one of them ended up inviting me to a powerlifting meet at Albany Strength which was a push/pull meet. A meet that had only deadlifting/bench press. Originally at that first meet on Aug. 31st 2018, I wasn’t going to be in it and compete. I originally just wanted to be a spectator and just watch live in person. One of my friends who is a pro powerlifter ended up asking me to compete in the meet myself and I’m like, “Okay, as long as I’m going to be there might as well try out my very first powerlifting meet which was a success”. After that first meet, I became obsessed and hooked with powerlifting. Since that first powerlifting meet, I’ve been doing some serious strength training and doing a lot of barbell stuff. I’ve been doing the big three lifts: squats, deadlift and bench ever since that first meet.

I’ve always been a hypertrophy type of trainer and now I’ve gotten into strength training full time. It’s worth it, though ’cause I’m feeling stronger and stronger each week. Yes, you can get strong doing regular “bodybuilding” style of training but you’ll get stronger even quicker with powerlifting. Since I’ve gotten into powerlifting full time, does this mean I’m no longer a bodybuilder? No. I’m doing both full time. To get strong in powerlifting meets, you’ve got to continue to do hypertrophy training ’cause that’s part of building strength too. Big muscles helps get you stronger so you got to continue to build muscle too.

My goal in life is not only look great and muscular, I want to be able to get real strong as well. I want to lift the bigger weights and powerlifting will help me get there. I love powerlifting. It’s a great sport to get into and ANYBODY can get into the sport. I want to get real strong ’cause I hate being weak. At my first powerlifting meet, I admittedly started off pretty easy but it’s a good thing to do for a beginner powerlifter. I’m only getting started.

I’m noticing that my squat personal record has finally caught up with my bench press p.r. My squat personal record is 150 lbs. and my bench press is 155 lbs. I’m not quite at 160 for bench but I’m going to give that number another try at the meet on March 30th. I’ll do strength training on bench for the next couple of weeks to see if I can hit 160 on meet day. I want to get lucky and hit the bigger numbers on meet day. While my latest p.r. on deadlift is 310 lbs., I’m going to challenge myself and try to lift a 315 deadlift as my third attempt. I’m going to work up to that number too.

I’m getting stoked for my third powerlifting meet on March 30th which is in a few weeks. For the next few weeks, I got to do more strength training and one week before the meet, I’ve got to do something called “de-load”. What does “De-load” mean? It means you’ve got to lift everything lighter for a whole week and I plan on doing just that. I don’t want to fatigue myself and wear my body out before meet day. I want to keep my strength for meet day so I can lift the bigger numbers. I hope to lift a 160 bench on meet day and I’m gonna give it a try as my third attempt. If I can’t get it again then oh well, better luck next time but I promise March 30th will be a great day for me and I won’t disappoint the audience and won’t disappoint the judges. I hope to get three white lights on everything. Gonna do my very best.

Kev

Wasn’t my best bench day today… it’s my fault but I got it figured out, though…

I was gonna go for a 1 rep max on bench and I failed. I tried to attempt a 155 lbs. bench today and couldn’t do it. At least I can lift 150 lbs. twice, though. I’m thinking to myself, “Why did I miss the 155 lb. bench when I did it lots of times in the past?” Am I getting weaker? Am I plateauing? The answer is no to all those.

I think I just figured out the problem. It’s because I started off the sets pretty heavy. Doing heavy sets and few reps which made me feel fatigue toward the end. That was like training for strength instead of “maxing out”. I felt fatigued is why I couldn’t lift the 155 lbs. again. I was wasting energy is why it continues to happen.

Man, I really need to learn how to properly warm up for my 1 rep max. I need to learn how to warm up to my P.R.. so I won’t feel fatigue and maybe I WILL be able to bench bigger.

To properly warm up for my 1 rep max, I need to do the first couple of sets doing light weights and do the last few sets heavier and few reps for example something like this:

Warm up: Just the bar for 12 reps

Set 1: light weight for 12 reps

Set 2: A little more weight for 10 reps

Set 3: A little more weight for 8 reps

Set 4: heavy weight for 5 reps

Set 5: A heavy single

Set 6: Then you can do your max out/ pr attempt

I know I’ve gotten 155 lbs. and 160 lbs. bench in the past before and now I just figured out why I haven’t been getting those numbers again.

Lessons learned. Got to learn how to properly warm up to my 1 RPM and I got to do the same for squats and deadlifts if I want to smash my best lifts, ya know?

When you want to test out your “personal record” (pr for short), gotta learn how to properly warm up beforehand so you won’t feel fatigued.

I’m pretty new to powerlifting training and I’m learning. I’m gonna make a lot of mistakes and I’m sure all powerlifters make mistakes too. They all have their bad lifting days too and everyone ends up in a “plateau” at some point ’cause it happens. I don’t think I’m “plateauing” at all like I said. Lifting heavy a lot in a workout will make you feel fatigue and all tired. That’s what you don’t want before doing a 1 RPM. I gotta stop lifting heavy a lot if I want to go for a new “pr”.

Actually, I did have a pretty good bench day today if you think about it ’cause I lifted 150 lbs. twice and did 135 lbs. for 4 reps so that’s pretty damn good.

Maybe next week when I give maxing out on bench another try, I’ll get 155 lbs. or more. Just gotta “properly” warm up. My mistake and my bad. I’ll keep this in mind for when I max out on squat and deadlift this week.

Kev