2014 American Open – Making Faces and the Big Ass Trophy

2014 American Open – Making Faces and the Big Ass Trophy

Dec 15, 2014

Before we get into the meet stuff, let’s catch up a bit from the last two weeks of training. After all the drama and failed lifts, all my decision making privileges were revoked.  There is no doubt in my mind that this was the right call.  I didn’t get some of the heavier stuff that my ego wanted but I stopped failing lifts (mostly.  Damn final...

2014 American Open Training Week 16 – The Death Spiral

2014 American Open Training Week 16 – The Death Spiral

Dec 2, 2014

You’ll notice there honestly isn’t a lot of training to talk about right now.  I mean I’ve mostly been hitting my main lifts but that’s about it.   Between the end of last week and the end of this week, I’ve been fussed at by my chiropractor, my massage therapist, my acupuncturist, and both coaches.   Seems I’ve done a pretty...

2014 American Open Training Weeks 14 and 15 – Let the Meet Prep (And the Stupidity) Begin!

2014 American Open Training Weeks 14 and 15 – Let the Meet Prep (And the Stupidity) Begin!

Nov 23, 2014

Week 14 Tuesday The squat drama continued.  Since we’re starting meet prep, I don’t have any set weights to hit from here on out.  So for my first day of meet prep, I was supposed to work to a heavy triple.  This isn’t a 3RM but it also shouldn’t be easy.  I really wanted to hit 410 or so for the day and kind of make up for last week. I...

2014 American Open Training Week 13 – Fickle Training and Maryland States

2014 American Open Training Week 13 – Fickle Training and Maryland States

Nov 11, 2014

Tuesday Tuesday should have been my last heavy squat day before we get into the serious meet prep.  And I had high hopes for it.  Too bad none of them worked out. A. squat 3×2 410,……. B. DL 1×2+ 385/?? C. SLDL 3×6 275,300, 315 D1. BB row 3×10 105, 125, 145 D2. wt situps 3×15 25 Based on how great my last double at 420 felt,...

2014 American Open Training Week 12 –Making People Quit, Singlets Make You Stronger and the Soap Box

2014 American Open Training Week 12 –Making People Quit, Singlets Make You Stronger and the Soap Box

Oct 31, 2014

Tuesday This should be the last of the higher volume stuff.  I think.  I really, really hope.  Because lets be honest….. high rep, heavy-ish squats are basically cardio.  And you know how I feel about cardio.  All that being said, I’m pretty happy with how this set went.  I also think there might have been another rep or two in there if my hands...

2014 American Open Training Weeks 10 and 11 – Getting Back to the Heavy and Hitting the Road

2014 American Open Training Weeks 10 and 11 – Getting Back to the Heavy and Hitting the Road

Oct 22, 2014

I’ve decided I’m just going to accept the fact that I’m perpetually behind on these things and move on with my life.  So in that spirit……… Week 10 On the whole, this was a really good training week for me. Tuesday A. squat 3×2 390,410, 420 B. paused squat 3×3 275, 295, 310 C. SLDL 3×6 265, 290, 305 D1. back ext...

2014 American Open Training Week 9 – Deadlifts, Donuts and The Beginning of the Crud

2014 American Open Training Week 9 – Deadlifts, Donuts and The Beginning of the Crud

Oct 13, 2014

Tuesday A. squat 1×8+ 320/10 B. paused squat 3×5 295 all C. SLDL 3×6 260, 285, 300 D1. supermans 3xMax Hold 38s, 45s, 61s D2. trunk twists 3×30 w/ 25# plate I was pretty worried about the squats going in.  Which is kind of funny because 320 isn’t really that heavy for me.  But it’s a set of 8 and that looks a little bit too much...

2014 American Open Training Weeks 7 and 8 – Fickle Deadlifts, Life and Barbells for Boobs

2014 American Open Training Weeks 7 and 8 – Fickle Deadlifts, Life and Barbells for Boobs

Oct 2, 2014

So I’d like to say that things have calmed down lately.  I’d like to say that once Power Athlete was done and a couple of things at work sorted themselves out, that I would be getting to the gym on time.  I’d like to say that being a responsible adult (mostly, shut up) would stop effing up my training.  Unfortunately,  I can’t say...

2014 American Open Training Week 6 – Power Athlete Team Series

2014 American Open Training Week 6 – Power Athlete Team Series

Sep 24, 2014

Tuesday Tuesday was a pretty standard day……….. A. squat 1×10+ 275/15 B. paused squat 3×5 285 all C. SLDL 3×6 250, 265, 280 D1. supermans 3×15 D2. leg raises 3×15 10# all sets On the squats I was told to cap the 10+ at 15 reps and as I came up on my 15th rep, I had this vague thought of doing one more, just out of...

2014 American Open Training Weeks 2 – 5 – The Highlights

2014 American Open Training Weeks 2 – 5 – The Highlights

Sep 10, 2014

Floods, Deadlift Form, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Baseball, All the New People, Local Meets and Too Much To Do Obviously, I’m incredibly, stupidly behind.  Things have been totally crazy and I’m completely in the weeds.  And I’m not talking about the little, benign weeds with the pretty flowers.  I’m talking about a giant patch of kudzu that...

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