Last Sessions Before Raw Nationals

I have 5, count them 5, training sessions left before my week break leading up to the 2013 USAPL Raw Nationals. As I am typing this I am getting pumped up. I can’t believe I am so close to this meet, it is truly a dream I had when I started powerlifting such a short time ago. Just to make it to the national stage is going to be amazing in it self. It has...

Nationals Training

While on my flight home I started to think about my training and approach going toward Raw Nationals. What should I do, what should I stick with, what works best for me, how much volume and intensity should I be using and at what level, do I test my maxes to see what I have left, and can I do this? Luckily I have some amazing teammates that helped me to answer...

Pre Raw Nats training 2

OK so today was bench day and this is the last week before I start really pushing it to the limit with training. I Decided to go up to @8.5 to 9 no higher, this would keep me fresh and motivated for the weeks to follow. BENCH barx20 135×8 225×3 315×3 paused last rep 360×3@9 paused last rep 360×3@8.5 paused last rep. I was tighter on...

Pre Raw Nationals Training cycle

So I am about 8 weeks out from Raw Nats and I have been doing lots of volume for the past 2 weeks since I did the SSPT meet. I will start the training cycle for Raw Nats next week. Everything has been going to plan except today. To make a long story short I have been up for the past 3 days with only about 5 to 6 hrs sleep total. I knew today’s squat was...


This is my first week back since the SSPT meet and my first week training for Raw Nats.  The first week back always sucks. You feel weak, you wonder why you are having a hard time with “easy” weights. Let me tell ya somthin, ” In my best fire Marshall Bill voice” It’s normal. Don’t be scared. In about 2 or 3 weeks you will...

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