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Feeling really strong on bench lately, wow… today I just did a 160 lb. heavy single… feels good!

I’ve been killing it on the bench and my numbers on bench have been going up lately. Feels great to be killing it on bench. Earlier at the gym this morning, I’m starting to do 135 lbs. for more reps finally. Since today, I just did a 150 lb. for a triple, I thought to myself: “If I can smash a 150 lb. for a triple, I could probably do 160 for a single so lets try that”.

I ended my bench session with a 160 lbs. single. I did that number for two sets and both of them were easy.

Yep. I’m on the road to a 200 lb. bench and I might be able to make it in time before the Aug. 30th powerlifting meet at Albany Strength. We’ll see.

If I can do a 160 lb. heavy single then my estimated pr. could be about 170 lbs. so I’m just about there at 200 lbs.

I used to hate benching but I’ve been loving it more and more. Will I be able to make it to a 200 lb. bench this summer? I’m gonna try but we’ll see how it goes. Just gotta keep working and working, stay consistent.

Enjoy the video.

Kev

 

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The reality of plateauing in strength training & powerlifting, I’m not plateauing at all… it’s just that strength takes time…

Ya know, after thinking about it a long while, I’m not plateauing at all. I did a lot of research on how to “bust plateaus” and most information I see through the weightlifting industry is really all a joke. I mean, a couple of weeks ago I deadlifted a 280 lbs. for a double and did a 285 lbs. as a heavy single. If I’ve been doing that, I’m not getting weaker at all and getting stronger every time. I gotta stop worrying about hitting 300 lbs. deadlift and keep doing what I’m doing. Before you know it, I’ll be deadlifting over 300 lbs. for more reps pretty soon so I gotta keep at it and strength will come in time.

All these guys in the fitness world worrying about losing strength, well, I don’t think they lost any at all. Strength gain is a slow process that’s the thing, ya know? I look at all these info on blogs and powerlifting websites and they give you all these “magical” programs that promises to break through plateaus. It’s all just a bunch of click bait bullshit that does nothing but help trying to promote their sites so don’t believe everything you see on the internet when it comes to weightlifting info.

Yeah, you will see your numbers stay the same and lose some and so many powerlifters and bodybuilders gets pissed when they notice that stuff happening. They shouldn’t get upset and not get so worked up over it ’cause every weightlifter out there goes through it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, strength gain will come on its own. It just comes whenever it wants to. Don’t believe all these magical tricks that you see online, ya know what I’m talking about? Blogs that are titled, “5 ways to never hit a plateau again” and blah blah blah blah. That’s what I’m talking about.

While I find most of that stuff a bunch of bullshit… I do agree with a few things here and there. One thing that I agree with what they say is that I need to sleep more ’cause I admit, I’ve been hitting the gym first thing early in the morning. That’s what I do during the Spring/Summer is hit the gym early in the morning as soon as I wake up. That’s not good and I gotta stop that. You need more sleep if you want to smash the big weights.

I also agree that I need to do less cardio and stop cutting weight. I don’t want to eat too many calories ’cause I don’t want to become a fat powerlifter but I’m definitely gonna eat more though instead of less. I need to educate myself on calorie deficit and all that stuff.

I also agree with them on taking deload weeks more often which I just started doing and that already seems to be helping I’m noticing. Take a week off or a deload week. I’m planning to take a week off from the gym completely pretty soon ’cause I’m going on vacation on the first week of Aug.

There’s no such thing as a “plateau” when it comes to strength training. It’s just a silly myth. I see so many new powerlifters online getting so mad when they notice that their numbers stay the same or dropping. Too many newbie powerlifters want to rush the big numbers and that’s what I don’t want. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself and I’m gonna take my time.

I’ll just continue to do what I do. Just train for strength on the big three for like 1 – 5 reps for 5 sets each. Just gotta be patient, ya know? Of course, a lot of lifters don’t know what the word “patience” means anymore.

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

People are catching on with my lifting on social media, there’s a bit of a buzz going around and it’s amazing…

I don’t mean to brag but I feel the need to do this with this post and can’t help myself. Everywhere I go, some random person would come up to me and say they follow my lifting on instagram like with my bodybuilding and powerlifting stuff that I do. I get some family members that follow what I do and sometimes I even get complete strangers coming up to me telling they like what I do online when it comes to weightlifting. In the weightlifting world, you really can grow a fan following and get supporters which is amazing to me and I’m humbled.

I don’t know what it is. Maybe they like what I do is that they admire the fact that I’m a 40 something lifter who weighs about 147 lbs. and lifting kind of semi-heavy weights. This is kind of one of the reasons I got into powerlifting for is to hopefully win over respect by people and it is already starting to happen.

Just you wait, y’all. This is only the beginning of what I do. Wait until you start seeing me hitting the bigger weights sometime in the future. My goal in powerlifting is to be able to smash a 500 lb. or over deadlift and squat and to be able to smash a 300 lb. bench or over. It’ll take some more years to get up to the real big ones but I’ll get there, though. I’m just taking my time and not getting too ahead of myself in powerlifting.

I would love to do my first USAPL powerlifting meet but I’m not gonna rush for that one. I’m gonna wait to hit the big weights first and then maybe I’ll think about doing USAPL. For now, I’ll just stick with doing powerlifting meets at the local ones like Albany Strength and the YMCA.

When I talk to people in public, I always get compliments about my bodybuilding physique and they are always shocked how strong I am. When people give me hugs or wrap their arm around my shoulder, people always get shocked about my strength. I was told by someone last night that I’m solid as a rock. I can’t tell my own strength so I just let other people do the judging.

People talking about my weightlifting on social media is great though and that’s a part of what helps keep me motivated to keep going to the gym 4 days a week.

I don’t do all of this for myself, though… I’m hoping to inspire others and hoping to motivate people to hit the gym and get into fitness too. Some people have gone to the gym ’cause of me.

It’s all pretty mind-blowing really.

In the bodybuilding and powerlifting world, do I hope to become famous for it? I don’t know. Not really but I do hope to get recognized for it a little bit. I’m not afraid to say it. If I want to get recognized nationally in powerlifting, I got to start doing the national powerlifting meets in the USAPL and I will in the future.

I love powerlifting. It’s an incredible sport and I’m happy that I get to do a sport that I can do.

Kev

Bad gym etiquette… totally out of control and getting much worse???

Yeah, commercial gyms are all over America now. Chances are, you probably have a public gym in your local town. Commercial gyms are very popular and mainstream in America. Yeah, a lot of people go to them but at the same time, I’m noticing that local gyms all over the place are slowing down. Gyms have a lot of members. There are some members of gyms that work out week after week and there are those who go to a gym for a while and then give it up later.

I’ve been going to the gym for over 10 years now so I’ve seen all that goes on. When you go to a public gym where there will be other people around, you’ll have to realize that you’re going to see a lot of weirdos and also see a lot of careless people about a public place.

Every time I go to my local gym, it’s amazing to me how many people don’t care to re-rack their weights when they’re done with a piece of equipment. Happens all of the fucking time. Each time I go to a gym and it still happens, I’ll see people just leave weights on a bench press, a leg press machine and people leave weights on a squat rack too. I’ve seen people leave dumbbells at the other side of the gym and didn’t bring it back to the rack and I’ve seen people put number of dumbbell racks way out of order of the way they’re supposed to be in. Also, people leave trash behind all the time.

When I see this stuff, I have no problem putting the weights back and picking up trash even though I didn’t leave them there just to show respect to a public gym. Yeah, there are staff members that work at the gym but they don’t go around picking up trash and putting the weights back after people leave ’em. When the place is slow, the staff just sits at the front desk being a lazy bum and there is no gym director (the boss/supervisor). There is a gym director but this person is hardly ever around.

I love my Greenwich gym but the place is a mess and gym etiquette is horrible in this place. People are real dumb for sure. Not only people not re-racking weights and leaving trash behind is a real problem… it gets worse here. Equipment hogging is a real problem here… people taking forever to use something when I need to use that thing… people taking forever on a piece of equipment pisses me the fuck off. Your sets should only take like 20 or 30 minutes… not an hour or over. People talking on their cell phones during their workouts gets annoying. That real chatty person trying to chat me up while I’m working out also pisses me off and it’s happening more and more. Look, I enjoy talking to people at the gym but not during my workouts, y’all. I’m fine socializing with people before or after my workouts but during is a no no.

Another thing that gets on my nerves is people super-setting. You see people super-setting at gyms all the time. You know what super-setting is that’s when people do a workout after another without rests in between… they switch back and forth. You need to use a piece of equipment and you think that person is done with it and nope. This person says he/she is still using it due to “super-setting”. So dumb. I’m probably one of the very few who don’t “super-set” ’cause I think it’s dumb and useless. “Super-setting” is just a way for ego-lifters to piss off others in the gym. I don’t super-set. I do my 4 sets of 12 reps on a workout, finish that and move on to the next workout.

Also dropping dumbbells to the floor continues to be a problem. Guys doing dumbbell chest presses or shoulder presses on a bench and they just drop heavy dumbbells to the floor. They don’t realize that it’s disrespectful to the dumbbells. Those things are expensive and when you break ’em, you could be paying them for the gym. Also, you could hurt someone dropping dumbbells to the floor.

While people at gyms are dumb and wacky, I just go to the gym and do my own thing. I don’t worry about everyone else and what’s going on. People just don’t care about public places and they are not smart at all when it comes to the gym.

I would love to make my own home gym but I can’t as of this moment which is why I go to a public gym but if I ever did make my own home gym…. say goodbye to gym memberships. Having my own home gym is a dream of mine, though. You don’t really need much for a home gym. All you need is a power rack, a bench, barbells, weights, dumbbells and that’s pretty much it. You can get all that stuff cheap on craigslist or even yard sales. I would love to get a home gym so I no longer have to deal with people’s shit at a public gym.

Bad gym etiquette is getting much worse. It’s crazy.

Kev

 

It’s interesting how people want to act like I’m a beginner weightlifter when I’ve been doing this for years now…

This is kind of weird and I don’t get it. I’ve been working out for 10 years or a little over. Been doing bodybuilding for a long time and now I’m doing powerlifting training too. I’ve been weightlifting for a long while now and people want to act like I’m a beginner or a newbie who doesn’t know anything about health and fitness. I’ve got a decent physique and I get compliments on how big I’m getting all the time… yet there will be some jackasses out there who will act like they’re more superior than me.

Some criticize my form even though I know I’m doing my workouts right. People just act like they’re bigger and smarter than me when it comes to conversations about weightlifting. Ya know, that’s what you’re going to get a lot. You’re definitely going to get some huge egos and narcissistic people in the weightlifting world getting all over you and act like you’re nothing.

I’m not gonna say they’re jealous or anything but this kind of thing happens when you get a successful jacked body and a fit physique. When people see that you’re looking better than others and lifting better than others that’s when they’ll start acting like you’re a nobody.

I’m always getting people criticizing my healthy eating and my weightlifting in the gym. When things like this happen to you, please remember that health and fitness is about you. Don’t worry about what other people think or say of you… you just gotta do your thing and your thing only. You will get haters and criticizers for sure, you just gotta do your best and ignore them and I’m trying.

I’m proud of how my physique looks and I came a long way but I still got some bodyfat to drop. I’m working on that. I’ve recently made my nutrition a lot more strict and dropped my calorie intake which seems to be helping. I’ve also been doing plenty of cardio too. I should be at an estimated 14% or 15% bodyfat but I would like to drop it down between 8% – 10%, somewhere around there. Some people say that dropping down to 10% or a little lower is dangerous but not really. Doing some research about all of this, they say 6% or below is dangerous so I’ve read that 8% – 10% is pretty good if you want to be considered a real bodybuilder. Being around 8% – 10% is where you want to be if you want to be a real bodybuilder.

Whether you’re a bodybuilder or a powerlifter, you just gotta ignore everyone and do your thing. Don’t take advice from anyone unless you ask for it. If you want help from other people, you get it yourself. You don’t need to get unsolicited help from people ’cause when you get unsolicited help from others chances are, their info could be wrong so be careful. Not everyone is right when it comes to health and fitness ’cause there will be misinformed people everywhere. There are gonna be a lot of know it alls out there for sure.

Think about it, does this look like a beginner’s physique to you? This is what 10 years or over in the gym looks like.

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My arms are getting pretty veiny. I’m finally getting chest improvement and I have a pretty good six-pack which a lot of people struggle to get. I’m finally starting to look like a bodybuilder which was the goal I always wanted.

I’m proud of how I look there but still got some work to do like always. Still got some bodyfat to drop a little. Some even said I looked skinny still but I get people telling me how I’m looking pretty huge and jacked. People tell me all the time that I’m getting bigger and bigger.

I think the reason people criticize is that they haven’t reached their goals. Many of your critics are probably out of shape anyways and they probably want the body that you have.

Just keep going and don’t listen to people. That’s the attitude that I have had from day 1. Just ignore everyone and do my thing. Do things my own way. Yeah, there are gonna be plenty of egos in the fitness industry that will tell me to do things their way but it’s not gonna happen. I know what I’m doing and it’s hilarious how many people out there that don’t think I know what I’m doing. It’s a freakin’ joke but I’m doing good and feeling good. Life is great and I love the gym.

Kev