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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

Not doing so good on squats and deadlift lately but killing it on bench… wonder why that is??? Am I plateauing? I could be, not gonna lie…

I tried maxing out on the big three lifts this week but wasn’t very good again. I’m killing it on bench. My bench numbers are going up as I just smashed a whopping 165 lbs. pr. on bench this week. Not quite at 170 lb. bench yet but I’ll get there in a few weeks. I’m on the road to a 200 lb. bench. Looks like I won’t get to 200 lbs. in time before the Aug. 30th push/pull meet at Albany Strength but I’m still gonna try to get there.

As for squat and deadlift… the squats, I had to go do lighter weights so I can get the correct depth that the USAPL asks for. The right depth for the USAPL is that the upper leg area and crease of the hip needs to be lower than the top of the knee. I hit that depth and it’s very tough. I couldn’t smash a 150 or a 140 lb. squat when I tried so my estimated pr on squats right now is about 135 lbs. I’m gonna take my time and really bring up my squat numbers this summer.

The same goes for deadlift. I still can’t get over 300 lbs. again. I did it once in the past but can’t seem to do it now. I think I’m plateauing on deadlift and I’m going to figure out a way to bust through it. Maybe I keep deadlifting the same weights every week ’cause you don’t want to do that. I gotta keep adding more weight everyweek and mix it up and I will start doing that from now on.

When I train for strength in powerlifting, I do 5 sets of everything on the big three and started training for 1 – 5 reps. I used to start with 8 – 10 reps and go 1 – 5 later in the sets but from now on, I’ve been doing 1 – 5 reps for each set. I feel that I’m getting pretty close to 300 again ’cause a few weeks ago, I smashed a 280 lb. for a double and a 285 lb. for a heavy single. Someday I want to start doing 300 lbs. for more reps and I’m gonna take my time to get there. I can get there this summer if I’m lucky enough. Just gotta find a way to break out of this plateau and I’ll be back on fire before you know it.

Every powerlifter goes through plateaus, even the greatest powerlifters of all time go through ’em. We all have our bad days in the gym and at the powerlifting meets so I’m not mad about it. I’ll find a way to get back on track on deadlift so I can fucking kill it at the push/pull meet in August. At the push/pull meet in August, I’m hoping to smash over 300 lb. so I’m gonna take my time and come up with a plan.

When you “plateau” in the gym, it means you notice a decrease in strength like staying the same or going down. You don’t want that in powerlifting. I want to become a great deadlifter and don’t wanna mess it up.

Kev

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

So glad I discovered powerlifting, I’ll probably do this until I can’t do it anymore!

Some of you may ask, how long do I plan on doing powerlifting training and competing in powerlifting? Well, I think I’ll keep doing it until I can’t do it anymore. Some people may think I’m a bit too old to get into powerlifting but just so you are aware, powerlifting is for everyone and for people of all ages. I’ve done three powerlifting meets and seen powerlifting meets live online. There are people who do powerlifting from ages 40 and up. Yes, you’ll even see 70 year old men competing in powerlifitng. I’m not too old to get into powerlifting at all ’cause I’m only 42 and technically, that age is pretty young still.

Ever since I started this powerlifting journey last summer in 2018, I’ve been feeling stronger and stronger week after week. Feels pretty amazing really. A lot of people want to knock powerlifting and make fun of the sport but I don’t know why. Powerlifting is amazing to get into. I got into it hoping to get stronger quicker and get bigger quicker and it’s working pretty much. I’m feeling great in powerlifting training so it’s all worth it.

Admittedly, I got into powerlifting to win and kick ass. I’ll confess it. I know I said I never got into powerlifting to win trophies and medals but I’ll take that back. I want to win. Kick ass, break records and hopefully win the “overall lifter” award in a powerlifting meet. I never got to play in any sports over the years of my life due to my scoliosis but since I can do powerlifting, I want to feel like a winner and feel like a champion, ya know? This is an opportunity for me to get into a professional sport.

Yeah, someday in the future, I’m going to start doing the bigger meets and hopefully do the national ones. That’s why I’m going to sign up for the USAPL sometime this year. I’m going to do my first USAPL powerlifting meet and hopefully I’ll do one this year. I’m hoping to do the Northeast IronBeast which is a USAPL meet in Latham this year.

I’m not gonna go too crazy with powerlifting meets. I’m only gonna do like 2 or 3 a year ’cause you don’t wanna do too many, ya know? I don’t wanna do too many.

I love powerlifting. There’s a lot of great benefits with it. I hope to be in the sport for a very long time and will probably do this ’til the day I die. I’m actually not too late to get into powerlifting at all. I’m at a great age to get started.

I had a real good squat session at the gym this morning. I’ve been doing 145 lbs. squat for triples lately so I’m predicting my estimated 1 rep max on squat could be about 165 lbs. or 170. I’m planning to test my 1 rep max pretty soon.

Kev

To get more strength in powerlifting, gotta mix it up with hypertrophy style training too… big muscle also gets big strength…

I look at powerlifting forums and debates online and most powerlifters believe you only gotta focus on heavy sets and few reps to get more strength. That’s what most of them told me in that Tnation forum during that heated debate. I agree and somewhat disagree. It’s important to do a lot of heavy sets and few reps, but you don’t want to train like that all the time. If you train like that all the time, week after week on a non-stop basis you could drain your body out. It could really fry out your cns (central nervous system) and training super-heavy all the time is also asking for injury too. Many powerlifters will never admit that they get injuries from training heavy all the time but they do.

How can you tell when your CNS is fried? Here’s a good little article about CNS when it comes to strength training:

http://www.warriorsciences.com/central-nervous-system-fatigue.html#.XMDP-ehKiUk

It’s not good to be lifting heavy in the gym all the time. It’s good to pick some light days too.

In the gym, I’m going to do another week of strength training and then the week after that, I will do nothing but hypertrophy style training on the big three for a long while.

To get more strength, many powerlifters just like to lift heavy all the time during their off-season training. Not me, though. There’s gotta be days where I got to lift lighter sets and high rep sets and I’m going to be doing that a lot more. To get super human strength and if you want to get the bigger PR’s, you gotta mix hypertrophy and strength training together. You gotta build muscle and size too ’cause that helps get you strength gains.

On my other exercises other than the big three, I train hypertrophy style on everything else but I know I’m getting stronger with all of my lifts. An example of this, on my bicep curls with dumbbells, I’m starting to do 40 lb. dumbbells for 8 – 10 reps for each set and I’ve never done that in the past. 25 lb. – 30 lb. dumbbells used to feel heavy for me but not anymore. Yeah, powerlifters will never admit that hypertrophy lifting will give you more strength too but it really works.

Sometimes you gotta leave your ego at the door and do some lighter lifting, ya know? Soon, I’m going to experiment with hypertrophy style training on squat, bench and deadlift later this Spring to see how that works. I’ll have to pick light days and heavy days which I will do from now on. In the past, I used to start off light and go heavier every set on the big three but I’m going to do things differently like train hypertrophy and strength training separately.

I will continue to train for heavy sets and few reps on squats and deadlift this week. I will continue to train like that for the big three next week. The week after that, I will train hypertrophy for a long while. Don’t wanna beat your body up too much.

Kev

During off-season powerlifting training, why I start off my sets “hypertrophy” style and then heavy sets/few reps later…

Some may think my training style in powerlifting maybe pretty questionable. In powerlifting training, I usually start off light for the first couple of sets and then the last few sets that’s when I do the heavy sets/few reps. There are a few reasons why I train this way.

  1. It’s important to start off your sets “hypertrophy” style so you can work on your form and practice your technique. That is always crucial. You jump into heavy sets/few reps right away, your form could be a mess.
  2. I like to mix hypertrophy style training so I can build muscle mass and strength mass at the same time ’cause I always believed that building muscle is a part of strength training. Building more muscle will give you strength too and it’s always important to train like a bodybuilder still. Know what I mean?

I’ll probably continue to mix hypertrophy and strength training together but from now on, I think I’m going to do things differently. Come up with a different training program. I think from now on, I’m going to do a couple weeks of straight heavy sets/few reps and then I’ll pick a week of hypertrophy/lighter days like a “deload” week or something on the big three lifts.

For example:

Week 1: Heavy days

Week 2: Heavy days

Week 3: Heavy days

Week 4: Hypertrophy style/deload week

I’ll go with something along like that and that sounds like a good plan to me ’cause I was told that it’s not good to lift heavy week after week. It’s good to pick a light week, ya know?

I wanna build muscle as well. Not just strength.

I never thought I would say this but I think I’m in need of a powerlifting coach. I really need one. I already have a few but they live all the way out in Albany and I only see them on the powerlifting meets. I would need to get a powerlifting coach who is more locally and I’m going to do my best to find someone. Get a powerlifting coach who has a lot of powerlifting experience and knows what he’s doing. My own powerlifting coach would help and hope I get lucky enough to find one. Maybe I’ll put out an ad in craigslist or something maybe that would help, lol. If I want to become a great powerlifter someday then a coach is needed.

Kev

Actually the thought of waiting to set pr’s at a powerlifting meet instead of the gym is pretty dumb and here’s why…

After having that little argument and heated debate with those losers in the Tnation forum, some lifters in that thread told me… “you should only be testing pr’s at a powerlifting meet and not in a gym”. I thought it was a pretty good idea at first but after thinking about it a while, I now think it’s a pretty dumb idea.

Think about it. You have to know your personal best or “personal records” for the big three so you are able to get “three white lights” on all lifts or get most of them. If you wait to test out your “pr’s” at a meet then you could miss a lot of lifts if you don’t know what your numbers are. This is why I see so many bomb or get a lot of red lights on a meet ’cause simply they don’t come in prepared beforehand. Always come in prepared beforehand in a meet. That’s my philosophy.

After thinking about it a while, those that say, “you should be setting pr’s at a powerlifting meet, not in a gym”… are the ones who probably bombed out a lot or got red lighted a lot. Bombing is when a lifter fails all three attempts at a meet.

Going to a meet with a plan. Knowing all your numbers to ensure that you are able to smash these numbers on a meet and get three white lights on them all. When I go to a meet, I want to get three white lights on everything and not get too many red lights. So far, I’ve only missed three lifts out of the previous powerlifting meets I’ve done so that’s not too bad. You want to go in and do the numbers that you know you can do.

At the third powerlifting meet on March 30th, I was very sure that I was going smash that 300 lb. deadlift that I wanted to smash but when meet day came… it turned out that I missed that lift. Some guys told me in that Tnation post, “Not to worry about it ’cause we all have bad days in powerlifting”. I agree. You just move on and forget it. Missing the 300 lb. was my fault, though and I took responsibility since then. I’m not one of those that would make excuses and blame other people just because I missed a lift. You gotta move on and keep trying. It was my fault for a few reasons: 1) I stopped the heavy deadlifting 3 weeks out before a meet (lost a bit of strength ’cause of it) 2) My first two attempts were pretty heavy before the third attempt.

Ya know, on March 30th during the deadlift, if I started my first two attempts pretty light… I definitely would have smashed the 300 lb. with no problem. I could only get it halfway up and had to slam it back down when I could no longer do it. Sometime this week, I’ll post video of myself lifting that failed 300 lb. attempt on March 30th.

On my next powerlifting meet in August for the push and pull, this time I won’t stop deadlifting heavy too early and I will make sure my first two attempts would be pretty light before I do the big ones. Just gotta learn from your mistakes and never do them again.

On my next meet in August, I’m planning to attempt a 300 lb. or over deadlift again and next time I won’t mess up. Hopefully before the August meet, I’ll be pulling 350 lb. deadlifts but I’ll work my ass off during off-season training to get even higher numbers.

I love powerlifting. I hope to be in the sport for a very long time and I gotta train smart and carefully so I won’t get injured. If I get badly injured, I could be out for years or even for good so I gotta be careful and I am. Taking it very seriously.

I’m planning to max out and test my pr’s in a couple of weeks. After that, I won’t test my pr’s again for a long while. I’ll probably test my pr’s like every 4 or 6 weeks ’cause you don’t want to max out a lot.

At the gym today was leg day and I had a very good squat session. Was able to lift 145 – 150 lbs. for 3 – 5 reps. so I’m predicting that my estimated pr on squat should be about 160 lbs. right now. I’m on the road to 200 lbs. for squats and bench and I could probably get there this Spring/Summer. I’m halfway there and getting excited!

Kev