Starting From Scratch

Starting From Scratch

Oct 22, 2012

Happy Monday! Another week of training means another week of getting stronger. Fresh off of my IPF Junior World title last month in Poland, training has been going really well. To fill everyone in on the gist of my training, I train three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I follow a modified Russian Sheiko routine with a lot of volume, and train bench and either squat or deadlift each day.

After spending months preparing for a big meet, especially in gear, it can be easy to develop imbalances and various weakness in your lifting. Such a big emphasis is placed on the “big three” and often times other essential muscle groups necessary for maximal lifting can be neglected.

Taking things back to the basics squatting 455 for good quality reps.

I am a big fan of taking things back to the very basics after the completion of a big meet. It is important to allow adequate time before scheduling another competition, to get down and dirty, to clean up your lifting and place an emphasis on more unconventional training before starting another meet prep cycle. It has been nearly two months since my last competition, and have not put a belt on once. Belts actually can weaken your core, and your body becomes dependent on the support of a belt, so when you get done with a meet, try starting out training for 5 weeks or more going completely raw to get stronger and avoid injuries. Put the belt and wraps away, and get to hitting some higher rep, perfect form sets. Be careful and do not try and hit numbers you were at the peak of your training cycle. Keep things light at first, and focus on strengthening the core and various other supporting muscle groups.

Also, this is a really good time to practice some more unconventional training methods. Routine can be killer in your training. I have been doing a lot more “unconventional lifts” compared to my normal meet prep training. Close stance squats, wide stance squats, close grip bench/ incline/ decline/ overhead press, conventional deadlifts (if you compete sumo), Sumo deadlifts (if you compete conventional), maybe some Oly-style exercises, etc. The point is, change things up and be creative. This can be a really good way to make you into a much more well-rounded athlete and increase your strength.

I have been training like this since early september, and have really been enjoying my training and noticing stronger lifts in squat, bench, and deadlift now that I am beginning to return to my normal competition stances/grips. It is important to go back to the roots of lifting and put in some hard work to take your lifting to the next level.


-Preston Turner


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  1. Awesome Preston! Looking forward to reading how you progress and move forward. Progress is perfect.

  2. Lynette Turner /

    Great article Preston! I am so glad your sharing your knowledge with others. I look forward to hearing from you. Maybe you could share some of your high protein meals or a new receipe, etc. each time. I always need good meal ideas. Just a thought. 🙂

  3. Excellent Post!
    Very useful for me and another. This blog shares many healthy tips for everyone.

  4. Woodsmaniac /

    Preston, can’t wait for your next post. I really want to follow your training!

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