Reflecting on 2014

Reflecting on 2014

Jan 13, 2015

2014 was a big transition year for me. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Psychology. I moved backed home to San Antonio, and started back training at the gym where I learned how to lift. I got a girlfriend who I’ve been serious with for about a year now, shout-out to Jalyn Holt. Powerlifting wise, I transitioned to the open...

My Favorite Assistance for Sumo

My Favorite Assistance for Sumo

Dec 16, 2014

In my sophomore year of high school I worked out with the sprinters during track season to get my speed up. I tried to stick with the guys who were running the 100 and the 200 because I had zero endurance, and I figured we wouldn’t be running any distances longer than that. Nobody told me that we would be running 300s, 400s, 600s, miles, and all other...

Sumo Speed

Sumo Speed

Dec 9, 2014

The sumo deadlift is a mysterious and elusive creature. Some find it so mysterious they refuse to learn the technique and deem it cheating, or say that it is an unnecessary technique. Some find it so elusive that they try it once, and refuse to give it the time and love that it needs. The sumo technique is definitely not for everyone, and for certain body types...

Starting Over

Starting Over

Dec 1, 2014

  Couple weeks ago I competed at my first IPF Open Worlds. I never thought I would get there this quick, but some Thursdays ago I found myself about to get under 771 lbs to start my open career. I had an ok meet, went 6/9, hit some pr’s, set a world record, but I didn’t leave Aurora, Colorado with a sense of accomplishment. I left feeling that...

5 Weeks Out from Men’s Nationals

5 Weeks Out from Men’s Nationals

May 13, 2014

I haven’t been on here in forever and I apologize for that. So what’s happened over the past couple months for me? Well, won the GNC Pro Deadlift for the 4th time and pulled a pr of 843, then went on to Collegiates and hit a pretty good total (804,480,804,2088) and helped lead the University of Texas to back-back titles for the first time in school...

Deload to Refresh

Deload to Refresh

Dec 28, 2013

There is nothing more frustrating than a terrible workout. The kind of workouts where everything feels heavy, you feel exhausted, and just nothing is going right. But what if this happens two workouts in a row, or what if you feel like this for a whole training week? You can’t just chalk that up to a bad day or not eating right for a couple days; your body...

The Cycle of No Belt

The Cycle of No Belt

Oct 6, 2013

That’s a nice shot of my belt taken by Ryan Carillo, I’m going to miss that sweet thing for the next 8 weeks. In my offseason I like to change things up in my training to keep it fresh, and to focus on my weaknesses. I’ll add in some plyometrics, run hills, switch up my auxiliaries, decrease rest time, but this offseason I decided to add, or...

Weak Points

Weak Points

Sep 7, 2013

I’m back!!!!! Sorry I haven’t written to y’all in awhile but I’m back fresh off of winning the IPF Junior World Championships, 793,479,793 at 205. Had a pretty good day and you can’t complain when you get the gold, but I came home with a huge glaring weak point that I had not acknowledged in my training. I missed one lift at my...

Lifting in Both Worlds

Lifting in Both Worlds

Jul 2, 2013

    In the past couple of years, raw lifting has gained a lot of steam in the powerlifting community. It is a lot less expensive, and the learning curve is less steep when compared to equipped lifting. A lot of the lifters that do raw are brand new to the sport or have never competed before, but there are some of us out there who started out equipped....

The 4 Laws of Sumo

The 4 Laws of Sumo

Jun 9, 2013

Just finished packing my bags to go to Russia for Raw World, and if it wasn’t for this deadlift I wouldn’t be going at all. My technique on my deadlift is something that I have honed for several years now and have just recently mastered. The technique that I use comes down to four basic laws that your sumo deadlift should live by. The first law is...

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