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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

 

 

Maybe some powerlifters are gonna be arrogant assholes after all especially online…

You are new to powerlifting. You’re doing all you can to educate yourself with the sport and do research and all that stuff. So you start joining online powerlifting forums on the internet like in facebook groups, powerlifting instagram pages and other forums online like those. You want to join the powerlifting community online hoping to join in on positive discussions with other lifters who have competed in meets and even ask for lifting advice from other experienced powerlifters.

I have joined a few powerlifting forums and groups online but so far, I’ve gotten nothing but negative experiences from them. There was nothing wrong with my posts either. I wasn’t trolling. I wasn’t saying anything negative and wasn’t attacking anyone either. Just being positive and friendly as best I can. Joined in powerlifting discussions to critique people’s lifting form, give advice or I ask others for advice in a positive way but you know what? I’ve got nothing but negative shit from other lifters.

That’s the thing in powerlifting, I guess you are going to meet some arrogant assholes and weird people in the sport ’cause I guess there are a lot of them out there. Not everyone in the sport are arrogant assholes and egomaniacs, though… some are gonna be kind, humble and friendly.

I joined the Tnation forum and posted a thread in their powerlifting forum… asking for advice on how to not miss a 300 lb. pr at a powerlifting meet when I know I got that number at the gym in the past. I’ve got some great responses from some lifters and some gave me some great advice but most responses was just them bashing me and making fun of me. I told them my best lifts in the big three at my latest meet: Squat 150, Bench: 155 and Deadlift: 290. Some of them criticized me that those numbers aren’t good and said I need to make a lot of improvements.

Seriously? I’ve worked my ass off in the gym on a consistent basis and my numbers have been going up. Some of them criticized my off season powerlifting training too. I told them I start the sets off pretty light and put on more weight every set. Start off light/high reps and then toward the end of my workout session, I do mostly heavy sets/low reps. They claimed that is what’s holding me back and said I needed to focus on doing 5 sets of 5 reps or 5 sets of 3’s.

In that thread I made on Tnation, some wrote me some good ideas that I need to start “setting pr’s on meet day and not at the gym”. I actually liked that idea and might take that into consideration.

These sounds like good ideas but don’t these so-called “powerlifting” experts know that lifting light weights and high reps aka “hypertrophy” training will also give you more strength gains? In my powerlifting training routine, I like to mix it up with “hypertrophy” and “strength”. Mix ’em both at the same time. Doing it that way will also give you muscle and strength gains. Some idiots in that forum knocked my training style. They were asking me what training method I was using for powerlifting ’cause there are different ones out there. I don’t do any of them. I just train my way. I just train what works for me ya know? I don’t do all that “periodization” bullcrap that is out there like linear periodization, undulating periodization, etc. blah blah blah…

I’ll admit that I’m pretty new to powerlifting training and got a lot to learn but it would be nice if these “expert” powerlifters or so called “pros” would stop acting more superior than newbie powerlifters who are just getting into the sport. All powerlifters need to be treated with respect even for people who are just getting into it.

I’ve done three powerlifting meets and I did real good at all of them, yet people online in forums want to knock my success in powerlifting? Totally unreal and bullshit.

In powerlifting, I don’t care how much you lift. As long as your technique and form is good and as long as you get three white lights by the judges then you’re doing good. Doesn’t matter how much you lift. That’s how you want to do powerlifting. Just go in the meet and do all the lifts you can handle so you won’t bomb and won’t get red lights, ya know? That’s how I want to do it. Make sure I get white lights on everything. So far, out of the three powerlifting meets I’ve done, I’ve only missed 3 lifts which is pretty damn good.

I don’t care what people say, I’m doing “great” at powerlifting and I’m already off to a good start. Yet, haters online wanna knock me?

Even IF I start doing real good in the future, lifting the big ones like 400 – 500 lbs., winning first places and stuff like that… people will stick knock me and make fun of me no matter how good I do. I don’t know what… maybe it’s out of jealousy is why? I can’t think of no other reason. The more experienced powerlifters will want to feel more superior than you and that’s what it is. Just ego and nothing more.

When you get into powerlifting, you have to ignore all the haters and critics ’cause they’ll be out there and they’ll be coming after you. The more you do well in powerlifting, the more pissed off they get so keep it going and keep up the good work. I’m doing well, I don’t give a shit what people say. I’m proud of all the numbers and “pr’s” I smashed at the meets so far.

I’ll admit that my “pr’s” on the big three: squat, bench and deadlift could go way up more but “strength gains” is a slow process and it’ll take some time. These “know it alls” on Tnation claim that doing 5 X 5’s and 5 X 3’s will give you quick gains but don’t listen to them. I repeat, strength gain is a slow process. If you want your “pr’s” to keep going up, all it really takes is “consistency”… meaning never giving up and never stopping. I have been doing exactly that and I am feeling stronger on the big three.

I guess it’s a bad idea to join powerlifting communities online ’cause it’s nothing but negativity and ego from what I’ve seen. Such a shame. Powerlifting should be positive and helpful. A lot of powerlifters are positive and helpful but unfortunately you’re definitely going to meet some arrogant assholes in the community.

Just gotta ignore the negativity in powerlifting and just focus on you only. Just keep up the good work… keep bringing up your pr’s and keep getting strong for you. Ignore all bullshit. Keep winning awards at the meets and keep pissing people off. That’s what I’m going to do. Focus on me only and nobody else.

Honestly, I do want to lift the bigger weights someday but gonna take my slow time. Someday I would love to lift a 500 lb. squat, lift a 500 lb. bench and a 500 lb. deadlift but it’ll take some time for me to get there. “Strength” gain is a slow process but those jerks in TNation just won’t admit it.

I know this post is kind of long but had to go on a rant. Hope you enjoy.

Kev

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

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

Next week will be “p.r.” max out week… getting prepared for my next powerlifting meet!!!

My lifting is going really good. I have another powerlifting meet coming at the end of March so I’m getting prepared for that and taking this one seriously. I’ve been training hard for it for weeks. I haven’t done my 1 rep maxes and tested out my pr’s on bench, squat and deadlift in a long while so I’m going to do all that next week so I can practice my 3 attempts for each lift. At the next powerlifting meet, I want it to be my best day. I don’t want to miss any lifts and don’t want to get “red lights” at all. So I’m doing my very best on all three lifts.

On my last squats session, I was able to lift 135 lbs. for three reps which was great and something I never done before. So I’m predicting my “p.r.” on squats could be about 145 or 150, we’ll see.

For bench, I’m not sure what my latest p.r. on that is yet but I have been lifting 155 lbs. on my p.r. on that for a while so I’m hoping to be 160 or a little over.

For deadlift, while I didn’t max out today, I did do one heavy single at the end of my set which was 285 lbs. That lift was easy and a piece of cake. If I was able to lock out on that easy then that means I’ll probably smash 300 lbs. again and maybe more hopefully. We’ll see.

I want my total number of pounds to be higher at the next meet and I’m trying all I can.

I’m doing all I can now to make my deadlifts stronger. Lately, I’ve been doing bent over barbell rows, farmer’s walk with dumbbells (to help improve grip strength) and the barbell hip thrusts (for glutes). I’ve added these workouts to my program so I can improve my deadlifting and get stronger on that. Strong glutes are important and I’ve started doing workouts for the glutes ’cause having strong glutes will help improve squats and deadlifts. If you want a bigger deadlift and squats, you gotta have a strong ass and build your ass up as well. I’ve also gotten back into doing leg presses ’cause that helps improves deadlift and squats too.

I’m doing all I can to make my next powerlifting meet a great day. Each time I do a powerlifting meet, I’ll always want the next one to be better than the last one.

I don’t mean to sound like an egomaniac but I hope to thrill the spectators on this one and put on a freakin’ show.

The week before meet week, I’m going to have to settle down on the weight lifting by lifting lighter ’cause I don’t want to lose my strength. I want to save myself for March 30th so I can deadlift the big 300 lbs. or a little more.

Next week, I’m going to max out on all three lifts to find out my latest pr’s and after that, that’s it for a while until meet day. I learned that you don’t want to max out too often and that’s what I’m gonna do.

Getting stoked for my next powerlifting meet, though. They are a blast and I can see why it’s getting so popular and mainstream. Glad I got into powerlifting. I am getting stronger and stronger each week and lifting bigger weights every time.

Kev