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If you want something in powerlifting, you go do it and don’t listen to negativity…

When you have goals and dreams you want to achieve in powerlifting, bodybuilding or whatever you want to do… yeah… people are gonna doubt you, call you delusional and be jealous of you but you can’t be listening to them.

Yeah, I do want to become a great powerlifter someday. People may think that goal is crazy and people might say that I’m full of myself and arrogant but don’t listen to them. In powerlifting, if you want something, you go get it. Honestly, that’s the reason everybody gets into powerlifting ’cause they all hope to become the greatest powerlifter someday. That is definitely my goal and I’m gonna do all I can to make it come true. Just gotta ignore all the haters and doubters and keep reaching out for it.

There will always be people who will act like I’m doing no good in powerlifting but you don’t want to listen to them either. This is about you and no one else.

I got into powerlifting hoping to achieve great things ’cause you can only live once, ya know? I wasn’t able to play sports over the years of my life due to my scoliosis and since I do powerlifting, this is my chance to do great things in life.

A lot of people already are liking what I’m doing which is why I’m trying to post more videos of my lifting. Admittedly, my numbers in powerlifting could be better but I’m still pretty new to this and got a lot of work to do still. I’ve already been lifting weights for years but powerlifting is pretty new to me. I wish the powerlifting veterans would treat the newbies with more respect ’cause the “newbies” don’t get treated well. When you’re just starting out, gotta get ready for the know it alls and big shots to get all over you ’cause that will happen.

Just ignore negativity from people and you will make your dreams come true.

Kev

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People are catching on with my lifting on social media, there’s a bit of a buzz going around and it’s amazing…

I don’t mean to brag but I feel the need to do this with this post and can’t help myself. Everywhere I go, some random person would come up to me and say they follow my lifting on instagram like with my bodybuilding and powerlifting stuff that I do. I get some family members that follow what I do and sometimes I even get complete strangers coming up to me telling they like what I do online when it comes to weightlifting. In the weightlifting world, you really can grow a fan following and get supporters which is amazing to me and I’m humbled.

I don’t know what it is. Maybe they like what I do is that they admire the fact that I’m a 40 something lifter who weighs about 147 lbs. and lifting kind of semi-heavy weights. This is kind of one of the reasons I got into powerlifting for is to hopefully win over respect by people and it is already starting to happen.

Just you wait, y’all. This is only the beginning of what I do. Wait until you start seeing me hitting the bigger weights sometime in the future. My goal in powerlifting is to be able to smash a 500 lb. or over deadlift and squat and to be able to smash a 300 lb. bench or over. It’ll take some more years to get up to the real big ones but I’ll get there, though. I’m just taking my time and not getting too ahead of myself in powerlifting.

I would love to do my first USAPL powerlifting meet but I’m not gonna rush for that one. I’m gonna wait to hit the big weights first and then maybe I’ll think about doing USAPL. For now, I’ll just stick with doing powerlifting meets at the local ones like Albany Strength and the YMCA.

When I talk to people in public, I always get compliments about my bodybuilding physique and they are always shocked how strong I am. When people give me hugs or wrap their arm around my shoulder, people always get shocked about my strength. I was told by someone last night that I’m solid as a rock. I can’t tell my own strength so I just let other people do the judging.

People talking about my weightlifting on social media is great though and that’s a part of what helps keep me motivated to keep going to the gym 4 days a week.

I don’t do all of this for myself, though… I’m hoping to inspire others and hoping to motivate people to hit the gym and get into fitness too. Some people have gone to the gym ’cause of me.

It’s all pretty mind-blowing really.

In the bodybuilding and powerlifting world, do I hope to become famous for it? I don’t know. Not really but I do hope to get recognized for it a little bit. I’m not afraid to say it. If I want to get recognized nationally in powerlifting, I got to start doing the national powerlifting meets in the USAPL and I will in the future.

I love powerlifting. It’s an incredible sport and I’m happy that I get to do a sport that I can do.

Kev

Getting stronger on bench and feeling real good too… on the road to 200 lb. bench…

I know I’m getting stronger on bench ’cause I just did a 145 lbs. for a triple and 150 lbs. for a double today which is something I’ve never done before. I’m going to work really hard on bench press this summer in hopes of making it to 200 lb. bench in time before the push/pull powerlifting meet in August. I believe I can get there before then, we’ll see. Felt great about today’s bench press session, though.

De-load week is over so back to strength training. Tomorrow is leg day so we’ll see how I do on squats.

Kev

It’s de-load week at the gym and feeling really good too!!!

Yeah, it’s de-load week at the gym this week. Yesterday I did a very light chest day and early this morning I did a very light leg day. Seriously, I lifted everything pretty light and only doing about 8 reps on everything. I am noticing the difference between heavy days and lighter days. On the lighter days, you don’t feel as fatigue which feels awesome really.

As a powerlifter, I think I’m going to need de-load weeks more often and I think I will start having a de-load week after every 3 weeks of heavy lifting. Sounds good to me.

Some of you may say… “But you can’t get muscle gains and strength gains having light days”. Of course you can. Its important to have light days ’cause it helps give you plenty of time for the muscles to repair and recover quicker. That’s why “De-load” weeks are very useful.

It really is a bad idea to lift super-heavy week after week nonstop ’cause it’s bad for the nervous system or the CNS is what they all call it. I’m glad I took a de-load this week and I’ll take another de-load week next week too ’cause I really need it. Honestly, I did feel a little beat up doing all that heavy lifting and now I’m feeling a lot better.

After the two de-load weeks are all over, I’ll probably get my strength back for bench, squat and deadlift. Doing de-load week for squat, I finally got the depth right and I will keep doing squats this way from now on.

Gotta leave your ego at the door sometimes ’cause it’s important to have those light weeks. You can get muscle and strength gains doing light lifting… don’t listen to those idiots that say you can’t.

Kev

Physique update… I’m loving what doing more barbell work have done to me lately…

Here’s my latest bodybuilding progress. Well, training in powerlifting too is really helping my physique as you can see. Getting into bench pressing full time really have helped my pecs, big time. I’m finally getting the look I wanted.

As you can see, I got a pretty good six pack going so I must be pretty lean. At the gym today, I just checked my bodyfat percentage and it’s about 15% percent now which is considered lean. Honestly, I don’t really need to get any lower in bodyfat ’cause in reality getting lower than 10% would be pretty dangerous.

Maybe I might be ready for the bodybuilding competition stage after all? I don’t know, lmao… only kidding. I would never compete for the bodybuilding stage and once again, I just want the look.

I’m happy with what I look like now, though. Still got a lot of work to do. I want my pecs to be a lot bigger but gonna take my time.

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

See me do a 150 lb. squat for a triple…

During my squat session at the gym earlier this morning, I ended my session with a 150 lb. triple. It was pretty easy. Could have been a little deeper but definitely next time.

While it isn’t my max out week, it is still okay to do heavy triples, doubles and singles to end your sets with.

Like I said in the Instagram post, I’m thinking my estimated pr on squat for a 1 rpm might be 160 or 165 lbs. Maybe 170. I’m on the road to a 200 pound squat and I think I can get there this Spring/Summer. I’m just about there.

I hated doing barbell squats at first but I’m loving it more and more now.

Kev