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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

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I love weightlifting and going to the gym and all but there will be some downsides about it…

Okay, I need to go on a little rant a bit. Yeah, I love weightlifting and going to the gym. It’s my second biggest passion in life right behind music. While I know that weightlifting is going to have a positive impact in my life, there will be some downsides about it like the title says. There will be some negative aspects of weightlifting for sure. Not only that getting injuries for weightlifting will be a huge problem, there will be more.

When you go to the gym and hit the weights to try and change your life, the problems you will have is how people respond to you. Yeah, you will get a lot of doubters, criticizers and worriers for sure.

There are going to be some people that will worry about me weightlifting ’cause of my scoliosis condition. Some will worry that me lifting heavy weights will make my metal rod in the spine worsen by lifting heavy weights all the time. Well, I just went to the doctor earlier this week for a yearly check up and I just found out from the doctor that weightlifting won’t worsen my spine at all. Weightlifting won’t make my curvature a lot worse. That’s what the doctor said. He did explain why it wouldn’t but I forgot what he said. Anyway, I was very happy and thrilled to hear my doctor say that so I’m good to do all the wicked heavy lifting in the gym all I want to. I knew it couldn’t worsen my spine and I’m glad my doctor sees that. So no need to worry y’all… I can get into powerlifting and strongman competition all I want to.

Would I get into strongman competition someday??? I don’t know, we’ll see. For now, I’ll just stick with powerlifting ’cause I’m loving that.

Another thing I want to say is that when you get into weightlifting, you’ll definitely be getting some criticizers after you. For example, I’ve been lifting in the gym for years and people still want to treat me like I’m a beginner. They want to act like that I just started and some want to treat me as if I’m a weak little kid in the gym. That’s how some people has been treating me online nowadays especially in forums and social networking. I’ve been lifting for years and I’ve got a great enough physique for my age and yet, people want to act like I know nothing about fitness and bodybuilding.

That’s the thing, ya know??? The more successful you are in the gym, the more doubters and criticizers you would get. Yes, you’re definitely going to make people jealous for sure, absolutely. That’s why you get people negatively critiquing your form and critiquing your physique ’cause they do it out of “jealousy”, in my opinion. They just want what you have and they don’t have it. They can’t lift the heavy weights and they don’t have the great physique like you have. That’s why you get doubters, criticizers and know-it-alls coming after you. What’s even crazier is that you’ll get advice from people who don’t even lift at all and I’ve gotten that a lot, lol.

When people are proud of your lifting and you earned respect from everyone around you, that’s when you’ll get the haters you see. They get all jealous that you won respect from people and you’ve earned a lot of supporters ’cause of your lifting.

When you get into weightlifting like bodybuilding, powerlifting and strongman or whatever… you can’t listen to negativity when you hit the gym. I never listened to anybody. I just do my thing. I just ignore people and do things my way in fitness and working out. Yeah, people do critique my form a lot but I just do things that works for me. Everybody is different. I’m a self-taught lifter. I never had a personal trainer or a coach. Everything you see me do in the gym, I taught myself. I learned how to lift weights through Arnold’s “Modern Bodybuilding” book and through youtube videos.

You may think that no one is paying attention to what you’re doing in the gym but believe me, people will give you respect when they see what you do. You’ll never know who is paying attention. Don’t listen to the haters and negativity aimed at your lifting. Just do your thing and your thing only. When you’re getting haters and criticizers, it’s actually a good thing.

Yeah, people do SUCK in the fitness world and people are gonna be weird for sure but this is all about you. Not them. That’s what I do it for. I do it for me. I want to get real strong and get healthy. That’s a part of why I got into powerlifting to help me get strong. Yeah, I can’t lift the super heavy weights in powerlifting yet but I do want to get there and it’ll take some time. Someday I will be able to lift over 500 lbs. on the big three: deadlift, squat and bench. Just not rushing myself. I’ve been lifting for a longtime but I am a beginner at powerlifting. I’m already doing pretty good in powerlifting and I’m glad I got into the sport. I’m loving the sport. Best thing in my life right now.

Kev

Watch me smash a 300 lb. and 310 lb. deadlift which I did today…

Well, I knew I could smash a 300 lb. deadlift which was pretty easy. It was such a piece of cake that I felt like that I could lift a little more so I threw an extra 10 pounds on and gave 310 lb. deadlift a shot. The 310 lb. deadlift was a successful lockout.

Yep, this what you gotta do before doing your 1 rep maxes. Gotta properly warm up beforehand so you will be able to lift the big ones.

I’m going to give maxing out on bench another try this coming Monday to see if I’m able to get 160 or a little more hopefully. Just gotta properly warm up so you won’t feel all fatigued and beat-up.

Getting ready for Marc 30th powerlifting meet and working hard for this one as you can see. I know I’m gonna kick ass that day and kill it!

Kev

Watch me smash a 150 lb. squat personal record…

Here is me smashing an easy 150 pr. squat. It was a piece of cake that I felt like I could do a little more but I thought I would end my squat session right there so I won’t hog the squat rack, lol.

This time I smartened up and learned how to properly warm up before I max out. It felt great and it was easy lifting a 150 lb. squat. Ya know, if I started off the sets heavy and doing multiple reps, I wouldn’t have been able to lift that 150 lbs. So glad I smartened up and learned how to warm up better. Before maxing out the heavy ones, that’s what you want to do… lift light weights to semi-heavy but only doing a few reps so you won’t fatigue yourself. You want to save yourself ’til the very end.

I’m planning on doing the same when I max out on deadlift this weekend so I can hopefully smash a 300 lb. deadlift that I want to get.

I think the squat form in this video looks pretty good, though. I think the depth is good enough to get 3 white lights. I won’t max out on squats again for a long while. Not until meet day on March 30th but I’m thinking of challenging myself and plan on giving 155 or 160 a try. I probably will. That’s what powerlifting is all about is being able to challenge yourself. If you miss a lift, who cares. Not the end of the world. I’ll probably end up giving 160 lb. squat a try and I’m still going to do strength training up until meet day so I can hopefully hit that number.

I know I’m going to do real great on March 30th powerlifting meet at Albany Strength and can’t freakin’ wait! I really am working hard for that one!

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

Goals for my next powerlifting meet at the end of March…

Last week, I sent in my registration and sign up fee so I can participate in the next Powerlifting Meet at Albany Strength at the end of March. I’ve been working pretty hard for this for the past several months. I’ve been getting prepared for it.

My goals for numbers at this meet is that I hope to smash a 300 lb. deadlift. I hit a 300 lb. deadllift at the gym once a long while back and I’m hoping to hit that number again. I’ve learned that you don’t want to test your 1 rep maxes all the time and I haven’t done that in while. I’m planning to test out my 1 rep maxes on the big three lifts at the end of this month which is in a few weeks so I can see what my latest pr’s are for the big three lifts.

For deadlift I’m hoping to hit 300 lbs. or a little more.

For bench, my pr. on that is currently 155 lbs and I’m hoping to hit somewhere around 160 – 170 lbs.

For squats, my pr. on that is currently 125 and I’m to hoping to hit somewhere around 130 – 140 lbs.

I’ve watched a lot of powerlifting meets online so I can research and study. I’m amazed at how many powerlifters miss so many lifts on these things. That’s one thing I don’t want to do on a powerllifting meet is missing lifts. That’s why it’s pretty smart to come up with a plan ahead of time so you won’t miss any lifts on meet day. I’m not gonna miss any lifts on meet day. I want to get 3 white lights on everything so I have to make sure I pick my numbers smart and I’m going to do just that for this one.

When I test my p.r. on deadlift again in a few weeks and if I can’t hit 300 lbs. then I guess I could probably go for 290 lbs. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to hit 300 lbs. or a little more, we’ll see. For the past weeks, I’ve been training for reps and strength and I know I’m getting stronger on all three lifts.

I want meet day to be my best day and don’t want to screw anything up. I want to go in there and put on a show for the spectators so I’ve been training hard and working for it each week. I haven’t slowed down my workouts at all. Still going to the gym 4 days a week. I want this to be a great day and don’t want to disappoint anyone so I’m working real hard.

After I test out my pr’s for all three lifts squats, deadlift and bench, that’ll be it for a while until meet day. After my pr week, I’m going to start doing a method called “peaking” and “tapering”. Meaning going pretty light each week before meet day so you won’t feel fatigue and ready to go. Before meet day, I’m thinking of taking a week off so I can be fully rested and healed and all that stuff. I want to be careful with my lifting before meet week ’cause I want to make sure I’m not all beat up and want to make sure I’m completely injury free. I want meet day to be my best so I have to be fully rested and be full of energy. That means on meet week I’m going to have to start going to bed a lot earlier.

The question is, will I win that belt that guy is holding in that photo? No, I probably won’t but maybe someday I will. I might win a trophy or two on meet day but that’s about it. Anyways and like I keep saying, I’m not into powerlifting to win trophies or awards. I’m into this to get strong and to do something challenging. Powerlifting gives me something to do and I want to do something fun.

I’m getting stoked for my third powerlifting meet. They are a blast to go to. It’s fun to show off what you can do and it’s a blast to watch the other lifters too. Thank god powerlifting is for everyone ’cause I get to do a sport for once in my life. I couldn’t play sports over the years. Powerlifting is my calling for sure.

Kev