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Looks like I’ll have to get back into training chest once a week and I’ll start doing that next week…

I’m going to have to change my 4 day a week workout program the way it was before. For the past couple of weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to train chest twice a week but now I’m thinking it’s not a good idea. I did some benching at the gym today and attempted 160 lbs. and 155 lbs. I was able to hit those numbers last week. I was able to hit 155 lbs. for the past couple of weeks but this week I wasn’t feeling it for some reason. I totally blame that on training chest twice a week and maybe it’s not a good idea after all. Maybe that’s what’s taking the strength away.

Oh well, it was just an experiment but at least I experimented with it for a couple of weeks, though. I just wanted to try it and see what training chest twice a week did. I’m noticing it isn’t good for powerlifting so I’ll go back to training chest once a week starting next week. On chest days, I’ll just do benching first and then I’ll do the other chest exercises after but I think I’m gonna ditch dumbbell presses for good, though.

Even though I couldn’t hit those numbers I wanted, I still am getting stronger on barbell flat bench, though. I’m able to do more reps on the slightly heavier sets.

Ya know, when you’re training for powerlifting and if you can’t hit those numbers you wanted… don’t worry about it. Just move on and forget it. You never feel bad about yourself if you can’t hit certain numbers you want. Just keep practicing and keep lifting, you’ll get that number before you know it.

This weekend, I’ll think about switching my workout program again and write something down. I’m thinking of moving chest days on weekends which is what I’ll probably do. Arm day on Tuesday, leg day on Wednesday, Back day on Friday (including deadlifting) and chest day on Sat. That sounds good. Go back to where I was before.

The reason I’m moving Chest Day on the weekends is ’cause I want to give my chest plenty of resting and healing and maybe I’ll be a lot stronger next week. I don’t regret giving chest training twice a week a try, it was a good try but no more.

I don’t feel bad ’cause I’m feeling freakin’ ripped lately. I had another guy at the gym give me a compliment on my physique and he tells me, “You’re getting all jacked up” and I just told him “Thank you”. It seems I’m getting a lot of compliments on my physique at the gym lately. A random person will come around and tell me I’m looking good. It seems like each time I go to the gym, someone will give me a compliment. Ya know, when you’re getting people complimenting you on your physique then you know you’re going somewhere and you’re doing good. I love getting compliments on my physique, it seems I’ve been getting a lot of them lately.

I’ll post progress pics pretty soon. Probably in a few days.

Kev

Killed it at my second powerlifting meet yesterday… came home with 2nd place metal…

Powerlifting meet Round #2 will be yet again another successful meet. I killed it on the squats and deadlift but could have done better on the bench press, though. To explain the X’s on the bench on my scorecard, the first X, I messed up ’cause I didn’t follow the commands by mistake on that one. The first lift on bench, I pressed up too soon before the ref got to say the “press” command so that lift was disqualified even though it was a good one. The second lift on bench was a good lift at 150 lbs. As for the second X on bench at 155 lbs was a failed lift. I couldn’t get that one all the way up so I had to get the spotters to stop the lift immediately. Still though, I’m very proud of the 150 “personal record” on the bench, though. I never thought I could lift 150 on bench. I decided to challenge myself on 155 to see if I could get that one but couldn’t so my official pr on bench is 150 lbs. I’ll take it, I’m happy with that lift.

On deadlift, I seem to have lifted 265 lbs. easily so that means I could have gone for 270. Next time I do deadlift at the gym which won’t be until next weekend, I’ll give 270 a shot. Even though I’m pretty new to squats, I seem to have killed it on that too. The form looks good.

I was very proud and happy with yesterday. You get better and better at every powerlifting meet you do. When will be Powerlifting meet Round #3??? I’m hoping to do another one soon but it probably won’t be ’til the Spring or summer for me to do another one at Albany Strength. My goal is to be able bench and squat 200 lbs. or over and I want to take some time to work on that.

I gotta say though that I am loving powerlifting more and more so it probably will be a full time thing. I will do powerlifting meets at Albany Strength and at the Wilton YMCA both. I love powerlifting ’cause it’s definitely a learning experience. I’m realizing now that you’re not going to do every lift perfect ’cause every lifter makes mistakes ’cause that’s what it’s all about. Powerlifting challenges you. If you want to bring up a weight and not sure if you can do it, give it a try anyways ’cause you never know.

When you do powerlifting meets and if you do real good and kick ass, not only you’ll win awards, you will also win a lot of respect from people there. That’s what matters to me most more than the awards. You’ll get a lot of fans and supporters out of powerlifting. They’ll give you fist bumps and high fives letting you know they respect you and telling you “good job”. You know you’re getting respect with people at the meets when everybody is giving you lifting advice ’cause I got plenty of lifting advice yesterday from the pros. You know you’re doing good when you grab the powerlifting meet director’s attention.

Funny thing is, I always saw myself as weak and small but these powerlifting meets are making me realize that I am really strong. My gosh, after all the hard work I spent in the gym for over 10 years really paid off.

Even though I could have done better on the bench press, I was still very proud of yesterday.

A lot of powerlifting newbies get so scared of getting into it, though. I’ll admit that at first, I wasn’t so sure but once I did my first meet, it ended up being pretty easy. It does take a while to get used to powerlifting and to be more confident about it. I love powerlifting. I think it’s a blast to be able to show what you can do in front of an actual live audience which is awesome, plus, it’s a blast to watch the other lifters too. I mean, christ, you got people lifting at these things of all ages… people from young teenagers to people at 70 years old doing powerlifting. Age is just a number. If you want to lift then lift. Yesterday, I’ve seen young teenage girls between 15 – 17 lifting heavier weights then I can, it was fucking crazy… lmao.

I am noticing that powerlifting has become way more popular and the sport is becoming more mainstream too.

I had a great time yesterday and glad I actually went ’cause I almost wasn’t gonna do it.

Kev