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 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...

2013 Maryland States Meet Report

2013 Maryland States Meet Report

Dec 3, 2013

The 2013 Maryland States were held on 23-24 November this year.  Over those 2 days,  94 lifters came out to compete. Deload week: We did things a little different this time around.  I never like to stop lifting completely because I end up feeling soft of stiff and rusty when I get to the meet but we’ve always kept things very, very light.  This time we...

2013 MD States Week 14 Training – Body Grossness and the Last of the Training

2013 MD States Week 14 Training – Body Grossness and the Last of the Training

Nov 18, 2013

Last week of training in the books and as I sit here typing this we are less than 5 days away from the meet.  Everything that reasonable can be done, has been and I’m as ready as I’m going to get.  A week of deload, a good night’s sleep the night before and some extra caffeine the morning of and we’ll be all ready to go. Monday By Monday...

2013 MD States Week 13 Training – PRs, Confidence and Singlet Saturday

2013 MD States Week 13 Training – PRs, Confidence and Singlet Saturday

Nov 13, 2013

So close to States!  Only 2 more weeks of training and a deload week and we’re there. Tuesday Last heavy singles before the meet.  I really, really wanted these to go well.  I don’t really think I’m going to gain much actual strength with just two weeks of training left so this is really about building confidence and getting used to the feel...

2013 MD States Week 12 Training – The Power of Suggestion

2013 MD States Week 12 Training – The Power of Suggestion

Nov 6, 2013

So here we are……  Just shy of 3 weeks out from States.  I’m not really sure how we got here.  I mean it seems like last week we still had like 12 weeks and now it’s practically tomorrow.  I’ve done my last heavy deadlift workout.  And even though I’m not satisified with the less than stellar results, the recovery is more...

2013 MD States Week 11 Training- Caffeine, Rage and Being Irresponsible

2013 MD States Week 11 Training- Caffeine, Rage and Being Irresponsible

Oct 30, 2013

It’s been an interesting week.  I’ve had a lot of frustration at work.  And when I say frustration, I mean the almost uncontrollable urge to grab a co-worker and shake them until they come to their senses and stop screwing up my projects.  This means that by the time I got to the gym, I was good and wound up. Monday Off to my massage appointment.  I...

2013 MD States Week 10 Training- Taking the Good with the OW!

2013 MD States Week 10 Training- Taking the Good with the OW!

Oct 23, 2013

Thing have been going really well lately and I’m very, very thankful for that.  But this week I got reminded that no matter how well things are going, some weeks are just going to be painful……. Tuesday This was my first day of heavy singles for squat and I was pretty stoked about it.  My planned singles were 375, 390, 400 and a bonus single at...

2013 MD States Week 9 Training- Recovery Is Important and Frito Pie

2013 MD States Week 9 Training- Recovery Is Important and Frito Pie

Oct 15, 2013

You forget sometimes, especially when things are going well, that recovery is important.  Like really important.  Working the weekend at the Hopper, meant that I wasn’t eating or sleeping the way I normally do.  There’s a huge difference between having a chance to tuck into a good breakfast and slamming a handful of nuts while running around loading...

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