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A lot of powerlifters are gonna be arrogant and ego-driven people, just so you’re aware… lifting is about you, though, not about them…

Yeah, so you want to get yourself into the sport of powerlifting ’cause it simply looked cool and a lot of fun. That’s why I got myself into it ’cause it looks like a blast lifting heavy things. You’re just getting yourself into the powerlifting game and one thing you gotta be aware of, like the title says, you’re gonna see a lot of other powerlifters that are very ego-driven and arrogant people. I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way.

You’ll see a lot of powerlifters lifting with terrible form and technique all over social media and like the other post said about it, for some reason it’s accepted and cheered upon. You criticize other people’s lifting technique even when you’re nice, friendly and gentle about it, people will start criticizing you in return. Knowing from my own experience dealing with other powerlifters online.

I mean, isn’t the whole point of powerlifting is critiquing people’s form and being realistic? Yes. That’s the name of the game in powerlifting. The funny thing is, people think it’s okay to critique my form but when I do it to others, people don’t like it? Sure, I’m kind of a novice powerlifter still and my numbers could be better but that doesn’t mean they have the right to attack me in return. That’s the thing about powerlifting, they treat the newbies and up and comings like crap.

I try not to criticize someone’s form but I only do it when it looks dangerous like deadlifting with rounded backs and benching with butt off bench. I’m just looking out for their well being so they don’t get injured in the future but these people get defensive.

Today I got a bunch of hateful comments on my instagram by trolls, criticizing my lifting form even though it’s good. I haven’t seen one comment by any of them explaining why my form isn’t good and they haven’t corrected my form once. Why? It’s because they know my form is good and they dare not say it. They just say stuff like “Your form is shit” without explaining what I’m doing is wrong. They just wanted something to bash at. I deleted all the nasty comments asap, though.

I think they get defensive on bad form ’cause they can’t take the truth that it could lead to injury. The truth hurts, ya know? If they want to keep deadlifting with rounding backs, go for it. You could take out your back and you could be out of lifting for months. Even worse, your powerlifting career could be over for good. Too many deadlift with rounded backs and too many bench with butt off of bench, it’s scary really.

Let these assholes kill themselves in the gym for all I care. Yeah, there are gonna be egos and arrogant jerks in powerlifting for sure, you just gotta ignore ’em and just keep doing your thing. Not care what others say about you and your lifting.

There will be veterans and longtime powerlifters who will try to make you look bad. I was trying to be helpful and look out for their well-being but some of them are not gonna like it.

I can take criticism of my lifting just fine and can take it like an adult. If you’re doing it just to troll, that I can’t take.

Not everyone in powerlifting are arrogant jerks, some are actually very cool people and humble. Powerlifting is not always a cool community to get into. You just need to focus on you and not worry about what others are doing.

I get why some trash my powerlifting skills ’cause of my numbers but just so you wait… someday I will be able to bench over 300 lbs. and be able to deadlift/squat over 500 and maybe the critics will be silenced then? We’ll see.

Kev

Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger the man himself speaks to the USAPL crowd at the Arnold Festival…

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man himself surprises powerlifting crowd at the USAPL meets at The Arnold Festival by making a special appearance. Guess he was there to help hype up the crowd and get the lifters all pumped up before they start lifting.

I know there has been stuff going on with the Arnold Festival over this Corona Virus stuff with the Arnold being partially cancelled over it and all that.

Now that I’m finally a USAPL member, I hope to one day compete at the Arnold and that’s the goal. One day I will compete for the major meets like the Arnold and the RAW Nationals and go pro. I’d love to win a gold medal someday (a real one) and that’s my dream. You can win actual gold through the USAPL which is awesome. Someday that will happen but I’m not gonna rush and take my time.

It would be cool for me to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger myself someday… while I don’t agree with his politics… I just respect the hell out of him ’cause he’s bodybuilding champion and I’m a fan of his movies.

Kev

Leg injury update, still got it a little bit but I can feel it going away though…

Thought I would give you a little injury update on my left leg… since I took three weeks off of lower body lifting, I can feel the left leg getting better. Still not 100% yet but getting there. I don’t want to get back into lower body lifting again ’cause if I did, I would re-injure it and it would come back and that’s what I don’t want. I can’t go back to lower body lifting at all until it heals 100%. I predict that it could take a couple of more weeks to heal fully… maybe like 2 or 3 weeks, we’ll see how it goes. If it takes a whole month off to heal the injury all the way, I’ll take it.

My left shoulder is bothering me again a little bit so I guess no upper body lifting for a while as well, lmao. That means I gotta stay away from weightlifting altogether if I want my minor injuries to heal completely.

I know these injuries are going away ’cause I can feel them. Even though I can’t get back into weightlifting at all, I won’t stop going to the gym, though. I can go to the gym and just walk the treadmill for an hour but that’s about all I can do. I did end up taking a full week off of the gym last week so that helped a lot.

Like I said, it’s completely okay to take time off from the gym if you’re hurting ’cause that’s what you gotta do. I don’t think anything is torn ’cause if something was torn you would see some nasty discoloring and I don’t have any of that. I think these minor injuries are just a strain or a pull or something, nothing that bad. I want them gone forever so no lifting until they are gone. I’ll take a full month off or more than a month, whatever it takes.

Getting injuries suck as I have had them before and they do take forever to heal. Yeah, you may lose a little muscle and a little strength during recovery but like I said, don’t worry… you’ll get it all back pretty quick. I do miss the deadlifting already and I want to get back into it pretty badly but not until I’m 100%.

I don’t regret taking time off from the gym for these injuries, though ’cause it’s almost at the end of the year and it’s a good time to heal anyways ’cause once I do heal fully… I’m gonna get back into kicking ass in the gym in 2020.

When I look in the mirror, though… I couldn’t believe how big my arms and my shoulders are getting, though. Hate to brag about myself but my arms are getting impressive.

I’m getting better… just gotta stop lifting for a while longer. I know it sucks but that’s what I gotta do. I want to get back into strength training for powerlifting real soon but not right now. Hopefully I’ll be 100% in the month of Dec.

Kev

Still no deadlifting and lower body work until left leg heals 100%…

Another week of skipping deadlifting and leg day workouts. I hate it so much and it’s pissing me off but it’s the best thing I can do if I want this left leg injury to go away completely. It is getting better, though. Slowly but surely. I can tell whether or not I still got it by either standing for a long time or even sitting. I don’t need no doctor ’cause I know it’s a healable injury so I’ll recover it fine by myself.

I could get back to deadlifting and lower body work if I wanted but I’m not gonna ’cause if I did then the injury would come back and would take even longer to heal. It’ll probably take a few more weeks to get rid of it.

As I soon as I do heal 100% and when I’m completely injury free, I’m gonna get back to serious lower body lifting. Get right back to deadlifting and squatting so I can prepare for my first USAPL powerlifting meet whenever that will be. I don’t know if I’ll do a USAPL meet this year but definitely sometime in 2020. I just want to give myself more time and bring my numbers up on the bench, deadlift and squat.

I might lose a little bit of muscle and “strength” but I’ll be back on fire real soon. It’s crazy, ya know. I rarely get injuries in the gym and I haven’t gotten injured in a long time. How did I get this minor leg injury? I blame the leg press either that or doing so much for the legs. I’m gonna have to cut out some quad exercises so I won’t get it again.

My leg is getting better the more I don’t put weight on it so I’ll give it a lot more time.

I brought my gym days back down to 3 days a week but as soon as my leg fully heals, I’ll get right back to 4 days a week as soon as possible. When you have a leg injury you gotta stop deadlifting ’cause the deadlift takes a lot of leg work. The deadlift targets the whole lower body pretty much.

As soon as my leg heals completely, back to some serious lifting. I think I’ll take a whole month of Nov. off of lower body lifting so I can give it more time. Sounds like a good idea, I think.

Kev

Why powerlifters miss a lot of lift attempts on competition day??? Just guesses…

I’ve been a part of the powerlifting community for a long while now and I’ve been watching powerlifting meets online and live in person. One thing I’ve noticed that a lot of powerliftters miss a lot of lifts on competition day and even worse, some powerlifters “bomb out”. Why is it that they miss lifts? A lot of them make excuses like “I wasn’t feeling it” and no it’s not that at all. I think one of the big reasons that powerlifters miss lifts is ’cause they don’t choose their attempts wisely.

Why is it that a lot of powerlifters lift a successful 1st attempt on a lift on meet day but they miss their 2nd and third attempts? I think it’s because their 1st attempt was way too heavy. They start off too heavy. The same reason they miss their third attempt when they got a successful 1st and second ’cause their 1st and 2nd attempts were a bit heavy. They don’t choose their attempts wisely at all.

Many powerlifters egos are so huge and they won’t admit that. Many think they’re gonna go into meet day smashing new PR’s when they ended up missing lifts whether they plan to smash new pr’s on either their 2nd or 3rd. They end up missing either one.

Yeah, powerlifting maybe all about lifting the most weight as possible but it doesn’t have to be. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going into a powerlifting competition and lifting the weights that you feel most comfortable and know you’re going to hit successfully. It should be all about building up the score total and winning awards. I would rather go for a full 9 for 9… get 3 white lights on everything. That’s the kind of powerlifter I prefer to be. Be more worried about building up my score instead of hitting new PR’s on the platform hoping to make either 3rd, 2nd and even 1st place in my weight class. I’m hoping to make 1st place in my weight class someday at a powerlifting meet and I haven’t achieved that goal yet but I want to. That’s why I can’t miss any lifting attempts at a meet and I don’t like missing lifts on a meet.

I’ve done only three powerlifting meets so far, just small local meets and out of those three meets I’ve done… I’ve only missed one lift which was the 300 lb. deadlift. That’s because I blame it on myself and went too heavy on my 1st and 2nd attempts which I shouldn’t have done that. If you want to do a successful 3rd attempt lift, saving some in the tank is key. Leaving some gas in for the lift, ya know?

Another problem why powerlifters miss lifts at meets is that I see many powerlifters rushing their setups. Ya know, just walking up to the bar and rushing to pick it up. Many powerlifters would just walk to the bar quickly doing their usual rituals and act like tough guys before they make the lift. You know when you see powerlifters act like tough guys, squeezing their hands into fists, clenching their teeth… growling or screaming before they lift…. blah blah blah, ya get the deal ya know??? In my opinion, I think doing all that is bad. Just a waste of energy and that’s why they miss lifts ’cause they get too excited and too fired up. I understand it’s their way of “attacking” the bar and part of getting “aroused” but I think they need to take their time and slow down. On competition day, they give you one minute for you to get ready before you make your attempt… that’s plenty of time even if it may not seem like it so don’t rush your setup. I like to take my time with my setups during big three lifts ’cause I need to focus and get in the zone.

I also have a problem of “missing lifts” at the gym during training sessions and I read an interesting article about that the other day. It’s not even good to miss lifts during training either. I remember the article saying treat every rep as if it’s your 1 rep max which is a good idea and the article said if you don’t want to miss lifts, train ’til “technical failure” which is also a cool idea.

Powerlifting doesn’t always have to be about lifting the most weight possible… just lift the ones you can do. I think it’s better to do it that way so my scores can count and my total can build up. It’s completely okay to leave your ego at the door. I am into this to get strong and be the best that I can be.

Will I use upcoming powerlifting meets to set new PR’s as my third attempt? Probably not, I don’t know. I would rather set new pr’s in the gym during training ’cause I need to know my 1 rep maxes so I can decide what my 3 attempts are gonna be for the big three lifts. I would much rather have all my scores count instead of missing 1 or 2.

I’m about to start doing meets for the USAPL very soon and I want to do them smart and be careful. One day I’ll become a world record breaking champ and if I want to get there, I got to train smart and I will.

Kev

Should I get a powerlifting coach or a lifting partner when it comes to powerlifting training??? Yes, I should lift with someone…

I already do have a few powerlifting coaches/partners but they live all the way out in Albany so they only coach me “part-time”. For now, I try to coach myself in powerlifting. For the big three lifts, I learn my form by watching powerlifting youtube videos online through youtube channels such as Mark Rippetoe, Alan Thrall, Omar Isuf, Silent Mike, Mark Bell, Jonnie Candito and all those powerlifting guys that teach you online. That’s how I taught myself in powerlifting pretty much.

My powerlifting friends that live out in Albany also taught me a lot.

While all this is good; however, I do want to get a powerlifting coach and lifting partner of my own. I should really find other local powerlifting friends that can help me even more and I’m gonna try. While some people say my form is good on the big three lifts: the deadlift, the squat and the bench… I feel that my form is not all the way perfect 100% but I’m still trying.

The squat is my least favorite lift of the big three ’cause it’s so challenging to get depth right but I’m getting the hang of it and getting better, though. To get depth right for the USAPL, the hip crease joint needs to be lower than the top of the knee and I’ve been trying to get that. I can get that easily with the lighter weights but when the squats get heavy,  it’s challenging to get depth right. I think the squat is the most challenging of the big three, it really is.

I would like an experienced coach or a lifting partner so they can help me perfect my form on the squat. I also could use more help on building strength faster and so my numbers can go up quicker. Some people say it’s impossible for numbers to go up quicker and build super human strength faster but it is possible. Just need to stay consistent and there are some tricks out there.

I really shouldn’t train powerlifting all by myself ’cause I think it would be fun to train with other people. At my local gym at the Battenkill YMCA in Greenwich, I’m always seeing guys doing the big three lifts there all the time: squat, bench and deadlift. Each time I see those guys do those lifts, I keep asking myself: “Are these guys competitive powerlifters?” They may be and it don’t hurt for me to ask them next time I see them and I could ask them to be my coach/partner. Don’t hurt to try.

If I want to become a great powerlifter… become one of the bests, a powerlifting coach with experience would help. I just gotta ask around. Talk with other powerlifters and meet other lifters and who knows what might happen. I gotta network more in the powerlifting community and I have been. Gotta get yourself out there and get yourself known in the community.

I’ll find somebody hopefully and gonna try. I wouldn’t mind paying them either if that’s what it’s gonna take.

Kev

Think I may as well join the USAPL after all… I might do my first USAPL meet in January…

I think next month, I’n definitely gonna become a USAPL member ’cause I’m already planning to do my first USAPL meet after all.

To sign up for the USAPL, it’s gonna cost me $65 since I’m an over 40 lifter, I’m gonna be competing in the Masters division.

https://www.usapowerlifting.com/member-tools/membership.php

There’s a powerlifting event coming up in Jan. in Loudonville called, “The Northeast IronBeast”, I’m planning to do their full meet which will cost me $95.

https://northeast-iron-beast-powerlifting.blogspot.com/p/usa-powerlifting-northeast-iron-beast.html?fbclid=IwAR0qhPLSJnTN82Gd4B77swWqn7dG8vdbTW4PREtu5zCGy5xpdCXUIvMSGcA

My numbers in bench, deadlift and squat could be up a little higher but this meet will give me plenty of time to bring them up.

I know I said I wasn’t gonna be ready for USAPL but maybe I should give it a shot? I want to experience my first USAPL meet to see what it’s like. I should give it a go. It be kind of cool to win some extra cash anyways.

Plus, I love the sport of powerlifting. I just like going to them. Not just to compete myself but also to watch other lifters ’cause it’s a blast. I think the Northeast IronBeast would be a good opportunity for my first USAPL meet. It’s going to be pretty pricey, yes but it’ll be worth it.

I have friends that are powerlifters that are going to do this meet and I think I’m gonna do it with them. It’ll be fun.

Kev

 

 

Debate: To be one of the greatest powerlifters of all time, do you need to be a fat ass? Um no! Absolutely not!!!

People in the powerlifting community like to argue that you need to be a fat ass and overweight in powerlifting in order to lift the big numbers. Is that always true? No. Not really.

From what I’ve seen in powerlifting over the last few years is that powerlifters come in all shapes and sizes from skinny to muscular to very overweight people.

In the past, it used to be that powerlifting was for fat asses only but I think bodybuilders have picked up on powerlifting over the years. I’ve noticed that powerlifting has become extremely popular in the bodybuilding world. More and more people with bodybuilder like physiques has been competing for powerlifting.

What will it take to get people to realize that powerlifting isn’t just for fat asses? If Russell Orhii isn’t good enough to prove that then I don’t know what to say. Russell Orhii is a young black dude as you can see in the video above and if you look him up in youtube, you’ll see that he has a great bodybuilding physique. A bodybuilder that is into powerlifting.

Some say bodybuilders can’t lift the huge numbers in powerlifting. Um, please. Of course they can! Don’t you know that hypertrophy like training style like lifting in between the rep rages of 8 – 12 can build you pretty good strength? Yes. Building muscle on every body part can build you pretty good strength. A lot of powerlifters out there refuses to train like a bodybuilder still and I do both. I want to get huge someday but I’m not gonna be “fat” huge, I wanna be “muscular” huge if that makes sense. Even if I’m a powerlifter now, I still train like a bodybuilder. I can’t ignore hypertrophy training. A lot of powerlifters don’t want to admit that hypertrophy training and building muscle can be useful for strength training. You don’t want to do heavy sets and few reps all the time.

I do want to become a great powerlifter someday but I’m not gonna stuff my face with a lot of calories and gain a lot of bodyfat… no freakin’ way. I’m gonna continue to build muscle to get strong. On chest day, I do heavy sets and few reps on bench but I do hypertrophy on everything else. Hypertrophy can’t be ignored. A huge chest will help get you bigger numbers on bench.

Anyhow, watch Russell Orhii’s attempts at the RAW Nationals from over the weekend. Although he was slightly disappointing, I thought he did great. This dude is gaining my respect. I’m a huge fan of Russell. I hope to meet that dude in person someday.

Kev

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

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