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So gyms are closed… don’t worry about losing muscle and strength for a few weeks…

 

So a lot of gyms all across America are closing left & right and before you know it, all gyms will be closed. If your gym is closed, I’m sure you all are freakin’ out about it… you’re probably like, “Oh no, I’m going to lose all my muscle and strength. Lose all my hard work and gains!”.

Um, no you won’t. A lot of gyms out there are only going to be closed for a few weeks and you won’t lose muscle in a few weeks. If you’re not working out, yes, your muscle will start to atrophy but that’s not gonna happen right away.

Not too long ago when I took a month off to heal a leg injury, I came back from the gym and didn’t really lose any strength at all. I’ve noticed that. I didn’t lose my bench press, deadlift and squat numbers at all. I was still doing 40 lb. dumbbell arm curls too. So I would assume that it takes a few months for muscle to start to atrophy.

Years of hard work, you won’t lose even if you take a little break from it.

It’s funny, ya know. I took a little break from the gym not too long ago to heal a leg injury but looks like I’ve got to take a little break from working out again due to all the gym closures.

Anyhow, if you still feel the need to work out, you can do a bunch of body weight workouts at home like all the workouts Arnold just posted on his instagram for example. You just gotta be creative and think. Do bodyworkouts, do yoga and all kinds of stretching. Lots of possibilities. If you don’t have access to a gym, you can workout anywhere.

I’m not gonna lie that I’m pretty bummed about gym closings too but what are ya gonna do, ya know? It’s only for a few weeks, I hope. When gyms get back open, I’m gonna get back to training real hard all Summer long.

Also, think of as gyms closing down as an opportunity to rest and heal. Your body and cns probably needs a little break and if you have injuries, it’s a good opportunity to heal all injuries too ’cause I know you’re probably hiding a few minor injuries, lol.

You don’t always need a gym to workout in. If you need your cardio, forget all those cardio machines in the gym… you can go for a walk outside and ride your bike. Walking outside and riding bike is not cancelled so go for it.

Kev

Example of people benching with their butt coming off the bench during their training sessions…

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Guesses on what the best pound-for-pound bencher will do at the Con-cret Pro Bench at the @arnoldsports festival next Saturday??? Post guesses below and with her luck! . . Reposted from @jenthompson132 I was so pissed I missed my 3rd lift, I took every plate off the bar and weighed them on our certified scale. Guess what?? It was actually 327.5. Made me feel better about missing it. 😂 I perform 3 competition lifts every other week. I plot out what my heaviest lift will be at the very beginning of my training cycle. So this has been a planned lift since late December when I started this cycle. The @usapowerlifting @arnoldsports Classic is next weekend. I wanted to hit 325 the week before and set myself up for a 330 on comp day. I hit 3 competition singles in training. The first lift is 85% of the heaviest lift (325 * .85 = 275). The second lift is 95% (325* .95= 310). Then the third is the max out. I keep my competition numbers fairly close to these percentages. I feel like the first one is a smoke show. It didn't take too much energy and I'm showing the judges I got this. Form is good and feeling fine. The second one is a heavy lift and I use it to gauge what I got left in the tank. I know I won't miss it, but it's heavy enough to be a good indicator. If it pops off my chest with great speed, I'll go for something huge. If it felt slow and a little hard I'll go a little more conservative. I'm lifting on the @roguefitness stage in the Expo at 10:00 am next Saturday. Then I'll be at the @sbd booth for a bit. Hope to see you there ! #usapl #usapowerlifting #champion #deadlift #squat #bench #whyicompete #LIFTCLEAN #rpstrength #sbdapparel #titansupportsystems #a7intl #ryrogue #promerasports

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Seriously, why has the “butt coming off the bench” during bench training been accepted by the public? It’s pissing me off really. This is an example of what I’m talking about. People who bench try to go for a pr and then they call it a “pr” when the butt comes off the bench. I’m still standing by my opinion that when you bench for a “pr” and your butt comes off, no lift. Period. End of story. It’s not a “personal record” ’cause the butt coming off the bench is clearly cheating. Plus to me, it looks dangerous and you’re asking for a bad bench press accident sooner or later.

Not only has this been accepted by the public now, it has also been accepted by the powerlifting industry and it’s a shame that “usapowerlifting” re-sharing it on their instagram accounts. Are they encouraging it now? The butt coming off bench maybe illegal during competition but I wouldn’t be surprised they’ll make it legal someday in the future in the usapl.

How much do you want to bet that this lady in this video won’t be able bench 275 if her butt hadn’t came off the bench?

This is becoming more and more common and becoming more accepted. Once in a while, someone calls them out for lifting the butt off but other people wouldn’t care or would help try and defend the lifter for doing it. Other people become defensive when called out for it.

Powerlifting may seem fun and addictive yes but one thing to keep in mind, you’re going to be surrounded by a bunch of huge egos. It is said that powerlifters are humble and down to earth but not from what I’m seeing. You’ll see so many powerlifters who are full of themselves who are too desperate to lift more weight and they’ll do anything it takes that it didn’t matter if it kills themselves doing it. They lift the butt off ’cause it helps them lift more weight.

There is nothing wrong with lifting weights you can handle and makes you comfortable. You don’t have to shoot for 1 rep maxes all the freakin’ time.

Kev

Still got that left leg injury but going to physical therapy for it next week…

For the past two weeks, I’ve been trying to get back to doing lower body work but I’ve been trying to get back into it lightly and carefully since I still got that left leg injury. I went to the doctor last Thursday afternoon and the left leg injury is not that serious thankfully. The doctor said the injury would be healed in two to four weeks easily. So thankfully I won’t be needing surgery on this left leg… that’s definitely a big sigh of relief for sure.

The doctor recommended that I go to Physical Therapy and I will do that next week. So back to no lower body lifting at all. I want the injury gone completely and gone forever so I can go back to my powerlifting training for the lower body. It’s holding back my powerlifting training and it’s not good.

I also want the left leg injury gone so I can feel good walking and standing for a long time ’cause I shouldn’t be feeling that.

I took a couple of months off of no longer body lifting hoping it will heal on its own but since it didn’t, I could no longer ignore it and finally decided to see a doctor about it. Glad he recommended Physical Therapy. Physical Therapists are smart and they know their stuff. They can probably fix me up real fast and the injury will be gone quick before you know it hopefully.

I want to get back to big deadlifting ’cause I love deadlifting. Doing deadlifts is my favorite lift and workout of them all. This injury is holding back my deadlift numbers but thankfully, I haven’t lost any deadlift strength. Just last week, I smashed an easy 280 lb. single so I believe I still have the 300 lb. deadlift pr. Haven’t lost it at all and still got it. If you take time off due to an injury you won’t lose strength right away so nothing to worry about.

I’ll get back to big deadlifting very soon, hopefully in March. I need to get back to serious squatting so I can improve my numbers on that too. I want to get back to strength training for powerlifting but gotta get rid of this leg injury.

I’ve gotten back into heavy bench pressing again ’cause my upper body is all good. I’m pretty clear of injuries on the upper body so for now I’ll just do upper body work in the gym only for the time being. I haven’t lost bench strength either as I still got that too.

Soon I’ll get back into deadlifting and squatting again, very soon.

Kev

Too many powerlifters benching with butt off of the bench becoming more and more common, sad really…

Yeah, the sport of powerlifting is exploding and becoming more and more mainstream. That means, people in the gym will be doing more of the big three lifts in the gym for their strength training sessions: the bench, the squat and the deadlift.

I love the bench press but too many people in the gym nowadays do it wrong and it’s getting worse too. I see so many people in social media posting videos of themselves bench pressing at the gym, showing off their newest “p.r.’s” (aka, personal record) but they do it with their butt coming off the bench. Is the butt coming off the bench while benching good? No.

The reason it isn’t good is ’cause it’s cheating and they do it as a way to try to push more weight. Another reason, the butt coming off the bench is not good is that you’re asking for an accident and an injury could occur. Those are the few reasons why powerlifting competitions don’t accept the butt coming off the bench.

When lifters show videos of themselves benching and you see their butt coming off the bench, someone calls them out for it and this lifter can get very defensive. This happens every fucking time. It’s really quite funny.

I am sick of this, though. Benching with the butt coming off the bench is becoming more and more popular. They probably see others do it and delude themselves into thinking, “Hmmmm, that could work for me”. In my opinion, going for a “pr” on bench with butt coming off of it is not a “pr”. When you bench with your butt coming off the bench, you get lesser range of motion and that’s why you are able to lift more weight doing that. When your butt comes off the bench, you’re not really doing a flat bench. It turns into a different workout when you do that… excessive arching or butt coming off the bench, you’re doing a decline bench really. Not a real overall chest workout.

Not only do I see so many lifters on social media benching with butt coming off the bench, I see too many guys at my local gym benching that way too. In my opinion, it looks very dangerous and it’s very silly benching that way. I’m waiting for the day someone kills themselves in the gym ’cause he/she benched with the butt coming off the bench. Not only guys bench that way, women do it too.

Although, this is not an attack and no hating on women but women bench with butt coming off the bench more than the guys do. I’m beginning to see that women are more egotistical in powerlifting than the men are.

Maybe it’s okay to bench with the butt partly on the bench, that’s fine but with the butt completely off is pretty stupid.

I’ve been benching full time for a little over a year now and I’ve never lifted my butt off the bench once during my bench sessions. I don’t do excessive arching either. I can’t arch anyways due to my scoliosis so I have no choice but to bench with a flat back. I like flat back benching anyways ’cause of more range of motion and more power.

Benching with butt off the bench… stupid, dumb, idiotic. Why are benchers doing it more when they shouldn’t?

Kev

Back into deadlifting after a two month break from it…

So I went back into deadlifting yesterday at the gym after a two month break, trying to heal an upper left leg injury. Still got it a little bit but good enough to get back into lower body lifting finally but gonna go in slow and easy at first.

Here’s me smashing an easy 250 lb. deadlift as a single to end my session with. I can do 250 lb. for more reps but I wanna go easy at first but this weekend I’m gonna go back to heavy deadlifting… see if I still got it and hopefully didn’t lose any strength but we’ll see. If I’m still able to smash 250 lb. easily then I probably still have it.

My goal this year for deadlift is to be able to do 300 lbs. or a little over for more reps. In other words, I’m hoping to get up to a 400 lb. pr sometime this year in 2020. On the road to 400 lbs.

My left leg is feeling way better now and it’s feeling okay. I wanna get back into lower body lifting right away so I don’t lose muscle and strength.

Even though I took a few week break of lifting altogether, it seems I haven’t lost strength at all which is amazing really. I seem to still have it with my upper body lifting too.

Injury setbacks sucks but I’m gonna be more careful this year this time. Getting injuries is all part of lifting… it’s the name of the game. When a lifter claims “they never get injured”, it’s a lie… don’t trust them when they say that. You know they’re full of it ’cause their ego is so big, they’ll never admit they get injured in the gym. Even the more experience lifters and pros get injuries. We all get ’em once in a blue moon but if you’re getting them frequently and all the freakin’ time then you’re doing something wrong for sure.

I think what’s helping with my left leg injury that I’ve been doing some stretching and a lot more walking on the treadmill which seems to be helping.

Kev

Leg injury is getting way better now that I stopped the lower body lifting for a long long while…

I guess I might not need a doctor after all ’cause my upper left leg injury (or the hip flexor is what they call it) is feeling way better lately since I’ve giving my legs a much longer break. I’ve taken two months off of lower body lifting and no deadlifting at all whatsoever. I’m not 100% yet but pretty close to it. I may be able to get back to lower body lifting again real soon. I should give it a few more weeks, maybe I don’t know.

My left leg is feeling good, though. Maybe I can go back to doing legs again, just lift light ’cause light lifting is not gonna hurt it. I could probably go back to doing legs and deadlifting again but lift real light. I’ll give it a shot.

I may have  lost some muscle on the legs due to no lifting but I’ll get it all back once I’m 100%. I might have lost some deadlift strength “again” and probably can’t lift the 300 lb. deadlift anymore but I’ll get that back as well. We’ll see how it goes.

I do miss the heavy deadlifting and I want to get back into that pretty badly ’cause I love the deadlift. It’s my favorite lift out of everything I do. I’ll never give up the deadlift. When I get back from injury, I’m gonna be training harder than ever and hope to get my 300 lb. deadlift back. My goal this year in 2020 is hopefully hit pr’s on deadlift that are over 300 lbs. I hope to do 300 lbs. for reps pretty soon. I’m gonna work my way up to a 400 lb. pr on deadlift this year but first I gotta get healed up from this injury.

Injury setbacks suck. Injuries can take forever to heal depending on how bad it is. I guess this injury was pretty good since it’s taking me more than two months to heal but it’s gotten way better now, though.

I don’t blame deadlifting and squatting for this injury. I got it from the leg press which is what I don’t like and I’ll probably end up ditching the leg press from my program completely, not sure yet. I probably won’t do leg press anymore. To workout my quads, I’ll probably just do the leg ext. machine and do barbell squats. I could also probably workout the legs doing stuff with dumbbells like Goblet Squats or Lunges… I’ll probably end up doing that instead of the leg press.

I don’t want to get injured like this again and I’ll be more careful next time.

I’ve been going to the gym 3 days a week for a while now. Skipping leg days for two months. I’m gonna go back to 4 days a week soon. I might go back to 4 days this week. Do leg day this week but go in lightly.

Kev

Gonna have to get my left leg injury a look at by a doctor soon, still got it unfortunately…

Welp, I’m gonna have to get my upper left leg injury a look at by my doctor pretty soon as I’ll be having an appointment in a few weeks. After a month off of the gym, I still got the upper left leg injury (or the hip flexor is what they call it).

I’m gonna go get it checked out by a doctor in a few weeks to make sure nothing is torn so hopefully nothing is torn. I’m pretty sure nothing’s torn ’cause if it was torn you would know by seeing some nasty discoloring… I’m not seeing anything like that. I probably just got a nasty muscle pull or something.

I’ve gone back to the gym this week but no lower body lifting and no deadlifting for a long while, unfortunately. Hopefully I won’t be needing surgery on this leg or won’t be walking on crutches or anything like that. If so then so be it, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of this leg pain forever.

I’m sure the doctor could figure out what it is real quick and hopefully they can give it something to make it go away faster, that’s what I’m hoping the most. My powerlifting training will be on hold as of this moment.

Injury setbacks sucks. I’ve done pretty good staying injury free for the most part until now. I just want this leg pain to go away completely so I can go back to serious powerlifting training ’cause it’s holding back my numbers.

Injuries suck and yes, I do get ’em once in a blue moon. Not very often. I’m always very careful in the gym.

Kev