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My left leg is feeling a lot better, still feel a little tiny pain but not bad!!!

I think I’ll give it another week of not training this left quad muscle… it’s feeling a lot better this week. I still feel a little tiny pain when standing for a long time but not too bad… it’s just about gone away. Yep… I’ll definitely take it easy on the lifting again this week so I can let it heal all the way. I want it healed all the way 100% so I can get back to some serious lifting on the lower body and I can get back to working real hard on the deadlifting.

Gonna have to take it easy on the left shoulder for another week too ’cause that’s getting better too. I didn’t train the left shoulder at all this week and will probably do the same for next week.

Next week, my minor injuries on the left leg and left shoulder should be gone completely and I should be 100% very soon hopefully. Once I am 100%, I’m gonna get back to some serious lifting and I will be more careful next time.

I might have another powerlifting meet coming in Nov. and I want to be completely injury free for this one. That way I can smash my best lifts. I’m hoping to make it to 200 lb. bench for this upcoming meet and hoping to make it to 300 lb. deadlift or more. Not sure if I lost a little bit of strength by taking it easy for a few weeks but who cares if I did or not. Even if I did lose a little strength, I’ll get it back quickly.

For the next powerlifting meet, I really want to bring my numbers up big ’cause that’s how you want to do powerlifting. You always want to bring your numbers up ’cause it isn’t good at all when your numbers on the big three lifts stays the same or goes down.

I want to be fully healed and injury free so I can get back into serious deadlifting again and kick some ass. I love deadlifting. It’s my favorite workout and favorite lift of them all and I want to be the best at it someday. I don’t want to mess up and don’t want to be too injury prone.

I used to never enjoy bench pressing but it’s growing on me and I’m loving it more and more.

Still not enjoying squats so much but I continue to do that lift anyways ’cause of powerlifting. I feel more comfortable deadlifting and have a blast doing that. I’ll be back into doing heavy deadlifting again soon… hopefully next week. No deadlifting again this week ’cause if I do, the injury on my left quad will come back big and I don’t want that. I’m going to wait until it heals all the way and then I’ll get back to working hard.

I’m feeling really good, though. I love powerlifting. It’s an awesome sport and happy that I finally found a sport that I can do.

Kev

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About my left hip and leg injury… it’s getting better already now that I’ve settled down on lower body workouts some…

For last week’s deadlift session, I decided to go really light this time… wicked light… deadlifted like 20 lbs. I’ve tried like 65 lbs. for the first set but it was still slightly painful and then I went even lighter like 20 lbs. on deadlift. Since I settled down on the deadlift last session, I don’t feel any left hip pain anymore. My left hip seems good and no longer hurting but I’m still feeling it on my upper left quad slightly. It’s all getting better already.

Yeah, like I said before in a previous post when you’re injured and feeling pain you either gotta stop training that body part completely or you can train super light. You’re not gonna make the injury go away by continuing to train it ’cause if you continue to workout through an injury, you could make it worse or you can make the injury go permanent.

Like I said above, I’m still feeling slight upper left leg pain, just a tiny bit. Maybe it will go away in a few days and I can go back to heavy deadlifting again we’ll see. I’m gonna take a week off of barbell squats this week and will try to deadlift on Sunday if I’m completely healed.

Yeah, getting injuries do suck and yes, I do get ’em once in a while. There are so many lifters in the bodybuilding and gym world who claims they don’t get “injuries” but don’t believe them. They are lying… everybody gets lifting injuries… EVERYBODY. It’s normal. It happens so big deal.

When lifters get injuries, they get so scared and get all panicky. They worry that they’ll lose their progress when they have to stop working out to rest and heal the injury. Will you lose muscle and strength for healing an injury? It all depends on how bad the injury is. If it’s a bad injury, it could take months to heal and you’ll definitely lose some muscle but you’ll get it back soon enough. If it’s a minor injury and it only takes a few weeks to heal, you won’t lose muscle and strength… in fact, you might get even more.

When I get injuries, I don’t panic and continue to stay positive. Continue to hit the gym. I either go light weight or work around the injury, there are ways to do that. I had the upper left quad injury for a while and figured out a way to get rid of it faster just by settling down on the weightlifting some… either stop lifting the part or go light weight either way. The injury will go away quickly if you do that.

I want to get back into heavy deadlifting again to try and get that 300 lb. pr back but I want to do it injury free and I came up with a plan. I’m getting all better now.

When you get lifting injuries, don’t freak out and stay positive. I just continue to go about my day when that happens and continue to stay active and move around. Hopefully I’ll be completely healed by this weekend, if not, I’ll give it another week.

I love deadlifting. It’s my favorite workout of them all and I need to do it carefully and responsibly without getting myself in the hospital or ending up in a wheelchair, lmao.

People say my deadlift form is real good but not really… I’m still trying to make it perfect.

Kev

Gonna have to stop deadlifting and squatting for a little while ’cause I have a slight hip & leg injury unfortunately…

For the first time in a long time, I have an injury but it’s not terribly bad and it’s not that serious. I won’t go to the doctor ’cause all the doctor is gonna do is tell me to stop going to the gym and that’s one thing I can’t do. Yeah, I have a slight hip and leg injury… it’s on the left side. I won’t stop working out at the gym but there are ways to work out around the injury… you can still workout the parts that are not injured. For example, I can still train the calves, I can still train the hamstrings and I can still train the right leg only but not the left leg.

Some of you my ask, how did I hurt myself a little bit? For the leg injury, I blame the leg press ’cause I’m not a fan of the leg press and for the hip injury, I blame deadlifting on that ’cause maybe my form was off a little bit?

Honestly, I had the leg injury for a long while and was trying to figure out a way to get rid of it. Earlier this summer, I took a week off when I was out on vacation. That didn’t really heal it all the way. Then when I came back home, I started training with light weights to see if that will do it but nope, even training with lighter weights will make the injury come back or make it worse.

So I thought, “Fuck it… mabye I’ll take a little break from barbell work completely” until the injuries heal completely. That’s the idea, I guess. When you’re injured, you can’t continue to train that hurt body part ’cause that’s not gonna make the injury go away. It’ll go away if you stop training it and you need to stop training it until it goes away completely.

It sucks but I gotta do what I gotta do. It’s probably gonna take me a couple of weeks or a little more to heal the injuries all the way.

It’s weird ’cause I stayed pretty consistent with barbell work for a long while and now I think I’m gonna have to stop for a few weeks but I won’t stop working out. I’l just move on to machines and dumbbell work. I think it’s a good idea for me to take a little hiatus from barbell lifting completely ’cause my left shoulder is bothering me a little bit, too… haha.

I haven’t had a lifting injury in a long time but no regrets getting them, though ’cause you can learn something from them. Getting injuries may make you want to take form more seriously ’cause bad form is the main reason people get lifting injuries.

I’m not terribly bad so don’t worry so I won’t need any crutches or anything.

I want to be completely injury free when lifting the big three: deadlift, bench and squat. So once my injuries heal completely, I’ll get back to barbell lifting asap and get back to heavy lifting. It may be a few weeks or a whole month, we’ll see.

Kev

Powerlifters who act like that’s the only way to lift in their definition are really getting on my nerves!!!

Whenever I post a video of my lifting, sometimes other powerlifters will always try to point a mistake that I might of done. In other words, they would try to critique my form and that usually happens when I upload a lifting video for all to see. They would tell me to do this and do that, don’t do this and don’t do that… blah blah blah. They would critique every aspect of my lifting and would try to get me to lift their way.

You see, I don’t usually lift the same way other powerlifters do. I just go by what the instructional videos through youtube and the internet tells me, ya know? And another thing, just because powerlifters are very experienced and have won a lot of trophies and broke a lot of records doesn’t necessarily mean they know what they’re doing. I mean, I’ve seen some of the greatest powerlifters and veterans lift with the shittiest form I’ve ever seen. Go watch some powerlifting competitions through youtube for proof on that. For example, when they go start up at the deadlift, they have some of the worst startups I’ve ever seen when they go walk up to the bar.

Many powerlifters even the great ones deadlift with rounded backs, they stand too far from the bar or they lean too far over the bar, etc. I’ve seen it all, it’s crazy. There are also too many deadlifters who lean far back on their lockouts meaning hyper-extending the back which is bad. Many powerlifters tell me to deadlift with your head looking straight forward but no, I think it’s better to deadlift with the head being neutral. Other powerlifters told me a way to deadlift is that the butt needs to be pointing down to the floor with the chest aiming up at the ceiling. I’ve tried that and it’s uncomfortable for me.

The way I like to deadlift is that I like to stand narrow, I reach down to the bar without lowering my hips at all ’cause the hips needs to be higher than the knees and the bar needs to be over mid-foot. You need to straighten your back and making sure everything is tight then you’re ready to make the pull.

Also, speaking of pulling… so many deadlifters make the mistake that it’s just a pull movement only when it’s not. When you deadlift, you think of it as being a leg press as well so when the bar comes off the floor, you use a lot of leg drive to lock it out. Using leg drive by pushing the legs to the floor as hard as you can like a leg press. That’s how I always deadlift.

I’m pretty sick of the egos in the powerlifting world acting like it’s the only way to lift and it’s getting tiresome. As long as you’re following the commands in powerlifting competitions, it doesn’t matter how you lift. You should just lift whatever works for you. You don’t have to lift how others lift. Just gotta listen to your body and lift what’s right. That’s the way my attitude always been. I’ve always done things my way.

I prefer to be a self-taught lifter. I never really enjoyed learning from other lifters. I’ve always felt comfortable doing my own thing. Every lifter is different… gotta respect that. I may not like other lifters form and technique but I just shut my mouth and let them do their own thing.

I think people critique my form ’cause they know I’m new to the powerlifting game and they’re afraid that I might be better than them and they don’t want that. They give me advice on my form and once I correct it for them, it’s always something else that’s wrong. It’s bullshit. So I just say, fuck ’em and do things my way, ya know? That’s the way to be.

Kev

Powerlifting training is really helping my physique and getting more muscle gains… so glad I got into it…

Man… doing all this powerlifting training which I have been doing for about a year now has been really paying off. I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten some major chest gains since I’ve gotten into bench pressing full time. For flat bench, I do strength training for like 1 – 5 reps on each set but I do hypertrophy training for like 8 – 12 reps on incline bench and cable crossovers for muscle gains. If you’re going to train for strength, I figure it’s important to build muscle too. Building muscle helps get you stronger, believe it or not.

I’m getting some major gains on the lower body ’cause I do a lot more lower body stuff than the upper body. My quads feel like they’re getting bigger. My calves are finally developing too. Although I train the calves with standing and seated calves, I also train the calves with all the barbell squatting and deadlifting that I do too. Doing barbell squats and deadlifting, they both work the calves too. My calves are getting slightly bigger finally.

I always knew that getting into powerlifting training full time would help my physique even more and it’s happening. I’m soon going to be posing for bodybuilding pics so you can see what I’m talking about.

Powerlifting training really can give you muscle gains. Heavy lifting can really help. I’m proud to get into strength training finally and I’m definitely getting stronger on the big three lifts too. It’s going to take some more time for me to get to the bigger numbers but I’ll get there soon.

There’s a lot of great benefits in powerlifting, it’s quite a ride really. I’m having a blast doing it.

Kev

Gonna stop doing bent over barbell rows and will swap it with t-bar rows instead, I think…

For a long while now, I’ve been doing bent over barbell rows ’cause I’ve read that it’s the best workout to really help deadlift strength. I think I’m going to stop doing those for good simply ’cause I don’t feel safe doing them. I’m noticing that it’s messing up my left hip a little bit and hurting my left glute a little bit. Not sure why it is. Maybe my form was off a little bit and maybe you don’t need to lift superheavy weights on that one, I don’t know but I’m gonna stop doing bent over rows for something else. The pain wasn’t that bad and I’m completely okay now. I just don’t feel comfortable doing bent over rows for barbell and it’s not my favorite workout.

I think I’m going to swap it with t-bar rows ’cause they are better, I think. I haven’t done t-bar rows in a long while and I think I’m going to get back to it.

To lift really heavy deadlifts off the floor, you gotta have a really strong back all around. I’m trying to find back exercises that would help. I think the t-bar row will be better ’cause the t-bar row works your entire back… the bent over row for barbell only works your middle back and lats.

I’ll continue to do lat pull downs and seated cable rows ’cause they’ll be good to work the back. I’ve always done those two workouts.

If you want to have a big deadlift, you also got to work on your grip and I found that farmer’s walk will help grip strength. I’ve been doing farmer’s walk more and more.

The deadlift works the entire body so you also have to have pretty strong legs as well ’cause the deadlift is kind of like the leg press too. I’ve been doing exercises for the legs and all that. Getting back into using the leg press again, doing leg ext. and hamstring curl machines on leg days.

Working to get my 300 lb. deadlift back and doing all I can to get there but I want to get there without hurting myself with the other exercises so I’m going to ditch the bent over barbell row for something else.

When you want to get into powerlifting for the bench, squat and deadlift… you still gotta train like a bodybuilder on the other workouts. Even in powerlifting, you still gotta build muscle ’cause building muscle helps get you stronger too. Powerlifters will never admit that. They seem to focus on the big three only and I disagree. You can’t neglect the power of hypertrophy training ’cause I still do that.

Back to the bent over row, I’m just not a big fan of that anymore and swapping that with the t-bar row sounds good to me. I’m hoping to get my 300 lb. deadlift back in time before the Aug. 30th push/pull meet in Albany and I want to be completely injury free at this one.

I’m hoping to do 300 lbs. for more reps this year if I’m lucky enough and I will get there. Just gotta stay consistent. Losing my 300 lb. deadlift was my fault, though. The reason that happened is ’cause I stopped the heavy deadlifting too early before a powerlifting meet and I’ll never do that again. I’ll get it back soon enough. Just you wait.

I’ve also saw a video on youtube where a guy says you shouldn’t have to worry about de-loading after 4 – 6 weeks when strength training. This youtuber says the only time you should take a week off of strength training is when you get injured or get sick. You don’t de-load or take a week break too often at all. If you want to get strong and stay strong, gotta stay consistent on a weekly basis. I think de-loading will make you weaker and I’ll have a post on that soon.

I love powerlifting. I gotta do it right and do it smart.

Kev

Found a great video by Alan Thrall on how to break plateau’s on the big three lifts… I got to learn how to do volume training which sounds like a good idea…

Ever since I’ve gotten into powerlifting training full time, I’ve noticed that I’ve been plateauing a bit. I’ve plateaued on the bench in the past before but doing great on bench again. I’m plateauing on deadlift now and trying to come up with a plan on how to break through and overcome it.

I think I’ve came up with a plan. I think I need to start learning “volume training” which I will read more into it this weekend so I can start “volume training” right away next week. I want to get stronger faster and go up in numbers each time I hit the gym.

I’m not gonna lie that it is kind of frustrating seeing my numbers staying the same or going down. “Volume Training” sounds like a good idea and I’m gonna be looking into that.

I don’t have a powerlifting coach and doing this all by myself so I have no choice but to teach myself.

This is a great video and Alan Thrall is one of my favorite weightlifting youtube channels.

Kev