Jakked on Last Openers Before 2013 AAPF Nationals

Jakked on Last Openers Before 2013 AAPF Nationals

Apr 21, 2013

Now less than a week out from the 2013 AAPF Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  As my site coach, Joe Atef, is working with another lifter in preparation for a meet at the end of June, we met at Jakked Hardcore Gym at 1450 S East River Road, Montgomery, Illinois (http://jakkedhardcore.com).  The owner, Byron Hicks, was at a meet this weekend so was not present.

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The evening went extremely well with a great group of guys helping each other out.  Due to some other scheduling conflicts, we also decided to knock out openers for both squats and deadlifts.  It also gave me a chance to go back to a standard monolift versus the front-opening monolift we primarily use at Team Stone and the Illinois State meets.

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Tony Chirico led the group – one hell of a lifter!  He is preparing for APF Masters Nationals coming up in Detroit and planning to do the WPC Worlds in Prague in November of this year.  Tony is one heck of a Master Lifter and provided some outstanding advice while also assisting a group of young, new lifters.

The gym is well kept and did manage to stay above the flood waters (right next to the river which was up to the road due to the rains from the previous day).  It is also separated into powerlifting, strongman, bodybuilding and similar strength training areas.  There is plenty of equipment and a lot of weight available – on a Friday night it wasn’t overly crowded.

If you live in the area, I highly recommend this gym!

Completed openers plus for squat and bench press and even had enough left to go to Chilli’s with the crew!  The downside is that I did manage to jam my thumb somehow and can’t grip a darned thing!  Now, just Monday at Xsport to run through squats/deadlifts in a brief and bench with the Super Ram to keep everything mobile then a drive up to Grand Rapids Thursday night for Friday weigh-in.

There will be a live broadcast for the 2013 AAPF Nationals that you can link to through http://2xlpowerlifting.com/other-live-broadcasts/ .  Bench Press championships will be held Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 5pm EST; Equipped Powerlifting will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 starting at 9am EST; and, Raw Powerlifting will be held Sunday, April 28, 2013 starting at 9am EST.

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