OCT ATHLETE: CHRIS VICKERY

OCT ATHLETE: CHRIS VICKERY

Oct 4, 2013

Chris Vickery 

My name is Chris Vickery and currently live in Montgomery, TX.  I am 22 years old and will be graduating in December 2013 from Sam Houston State University. Some interests of mine include golfing, watching football, going to the movies, eating, and hanging out with the great friends and family god has put around me.  I moved to Texas in 2007 from Michigan where I was very involved in wrestling and never even knew of Powerlifting.  The move was hard but I was put around the best people in the world like my high school linebacker and Powerlifting coach, Curt King. Coach King was very influential in my early Powerlifting career and got me on track and taught me how to train and what kind of a mind frame I must have in order to compete in this sport at a high level.

Soon I moved to Huntsville, TX to attend Sam Houston and eventually took over the Powerlifting team where we became very competitive at the collegiate level. Along the way I have many great friends across the country and really enjoy the friendships I have made. One of the most influential friendships I made was at Bench Press Worlds that took place Austria in 2011. This is where I met Shaina Petit, my girlfriend now of over two years. It is crazy how Powerlifting has brought me and her so close together and bringing two totally different people from two total different parts of the country together. Since meeting there have very few meets we haven’t been to together. Shaina really pushed me to be better and often makes me do cardio or that extra set when I am tired. I give a lot of my credit to her, because without her I don’t know where I would be in the powerlifting world or in the real world. Another great friend and mentor is Randy “The Texas Tornado” Earle. Randy is everything this sport is about; he loves to train, laugh, and most importantly have fun. Randy has been like my 2nd father to me and for that I am grateful. My other training partners who have had a heavy influence on me are Jeff “Meat” Snyder, Alex “Lex” Smith, Mitch “Boom Boom” Mayon, Michael Hafenbrack, Warren Moore, and Justin “Yeti” Gray. Without these people I wouldn’t be where I am today and I am so thankful for this group of people in my life.

With being a powerlifter one of my main interests is health and fitness. I have a strong passion for fitness and love educating others on the subject. This relates to another interest of mine, teaching/coaching, which is the profession I have chosen.  I have wanted to teach and coach since I was I was in 3rd grade. I graduate in December 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology with a teacher’s certification. I am currently student teaching and coaching freshman/varsity football at my alma mater Montgomery High School. Coaching at Montgomery High School gives me the opportunity of a lifetime, to coach alongside the coaches that taught me the game of football, and powerlifting. This opportunity also gives me the chance to coach with one of my mentors, Curt King. In my eyes coaching doesn’t seem like a job because I go to work every day loving my job, who wouldn’t love giving back to the kids and watching young adults grow up. This is a dream come true.

Competition

This past year I set my goals high and in my eyes we’re just in the beginning of a long and successful powerlifting career. I love competing and there is no better feeling than the adrenaline pumping on meet day, or right before the lift. At Collegiate Nationals in 2012 I totaled 1885, losing by 1.1 pounds and taking 2nd place. This was the turning point for me, it was one of those days where I peaked too early and just didn’t have it in me. That summer was a tough one for me working and going to school and I had the fire to get better and at all costs, but at that point wasn’t sure what to do. After being sick thru late October and November I did a meet and my total stayed the same. This is when I decided to take it to the next step with my raw training. I was in the gym hitting it harder than I ever did for almost three months raw. This is what helped me reach my goals. Before this moment I never really trained raw, or took raw training that serious.  Within these three months I put 55 pounds on my raw squat, 35 pounds on my raw bench and 35 pounds on my deadlift.  An exercise that really helped me was the glute-hamstring machine where I did this twice a week. At the beginning I could barely do three reps, and by the end I was doing 5 sets of 10 with a band around my neck and the bottom of the machine, or raising the back. This was a huge weakness before I started and now it turned into strength.

Collegiate Nationals in Killeen, TX was the best meet of my life. I only went 6/9 but totaled 2028 pounds and beat a great lifter from Virginia, John Rivas. Winning this meet was the first time I won Collegiate Nationals after placing 2nd the previous two years, this win also earned me a spot on the Junior World team.  Training for worlds was fun, exhausting, and a learning experience. I love training and almost all of my free time is spent in the gym and that’s the way I like it, and that’s how I like to live.  So preparing for worlds made it that much better. There were so many good days in the gym, and just a few bad ones. Training will test anyone’s patience because sometimes you can’t always do what you expect to do. I hit several gym PR’s and believed I was on my way to putting up yet another huge total at worlds. Going in I was ranked 3rd and had a great chance to move up to 2nd. My goal was simple, do my best and get every pound I could. Although I believe I got every pound I could, I had one of my worst meets in about two years. I squatted 744, benched 529, and pulled 622 with a total of 1895, a 133 pound difference from Collegiates.  This was just an example of peaking too early and having an extremely busy summer. I feel as though I did everything I could that day going 7/9 with scratching 1 squat. The thing about competing at the highest level in my sport is that some days you have it and some days you don’t, but I think this was such a positive experience for me moving forward. I ended up taking 3rd overall in the world, and 3rd in the bench press. The experience was the best I could ask for with all of my closest family and friends there watching me and cheering me on. I won on that day because it brought so many people together and it showed me what this sport is about, family.

Training

I like to keep my training simple and I only train 3 days a week, with cardio once or twice a week. Monday is my heavy squat day with several auxiliaries from glute hamstring, conventional deadlift, hamstring curls, lower back, pause squats, and several reps of abs. Wednesday is my heavy bench day with my auxiliaries including lots of triceps and shoulder work.  Friday is when I deadlift sumo with a lot of hamstring work again, upper back, shrugs, and abs. The days I include cardio would either be on Wednesday night after bench and Saturday. I like to train raw until about 8/9 weeks before my meet with taking 1 possibly 2 weeks out of the gear throughout my training cycle.  These weeks are my down weeks and I take them depending how I am feeling and how my central nervous system is. The worst thing you can do is wear yourself out too much before I meet so I like to be careful. I feel taking a down week is more valuable then grinding through your workout, that may end up hurting  you worse down the road.

Drug Free

Being drug free means everything to me. Knowing I am one of only a handful in this world that can do what I do all natural is something I am proud of. I think all lifters that lift drug free would agree with me on that. I love that the federation we lift in is drug tested, and holds us to a higher standard. There are many federations that don’t have drug testing and our lifters still out perform theirs, which to me makes it that much more respected. I love to help kids at all levels and take pride in being someone they can look up to. With that being said how could I expect young kids to look up to me if I put something in my body that makes it easier for me to perform better? I don’t think that sends the right message, and I think kids and young adults need to know that they can accomplish all their goals by being drug free and working hard.

Accomplishments     

90 kg Teen National Champion (2010), 100 kg Junior National Champion (2011), 100 kg Junior Bench National Champion (2010), 6th place IPF Junior Bench Worlds (2011), 105 kg Collegiate National Champion (2013),  105 kg NAPF Junior & Open Champion (2012), NAPF Junior Best Lifter (2012) 105 kg 3rd place IPF Junior Worlds (2013)

9 State, 5 National, 5 American Records and 4 NAPF records

 

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