Hey what's up everyone. For my Lifestyle Blogs, I want to take you into what it looks like to prepare for a Powerlifting Meet. I have a Meet coming up May 19th in Canton Ohio called the RPS Live Large Meet. It's a meet my friend Brian Scott is doing and talked me into as well. I haven't competed since April of 2017. It was a little longer of a layoff than I'd anticipated, but between my our wedding and waiting on the arrival of our first born son, I never made powerlifting a high priority. But, I got the itch again, and I said as long as my newborn ins't wrecking my life and I can still train, it's game on! Levi (my son) just turned 2 weeks old yesterday and so far my training still feels on point how it should.
So on these weekly blog posts, I'm going to cover my week of training, nutrition, current mindset, and may even post some videos too! I basically want to give you a behind the scenes look.
I just ended my Capacity Block last week. Capacity Blocks that I design, are geared to higher rep training. I performed a month of 10s, along with a lot of reps of various exercises. This was to build work capacity, aka conditioning to perform a lot of work. A lot of lifters do not like performing work like this for a couple reasons: 1.) It's not fun 2.) They say you only have to lift one rep at a meet 3.) They feel like it's making them weaker by not lifting as heavy. But there's a lot of benefits to these blocks if you plan for it correctly.
So right now I've started a 2 week strength block that's transitioning into my higher intensity work (low reps/heavy weight). On my main lifts I'm performing heavy 5's and back off sets of 8's still. I'm still keeping a lot of bodybuilding assistance work in now too.
My nutrition is pretty solid right now. I eat protein and carbs at every meal. If you want to be strong, carbs must be in your diet. If they're not, your training will suffer. Let's just be clear about that. You can also get very lean with carbs too. Lets be clear on that as well.
For breakfast, I typically eat my ONE EVO Cinnamon Swirl Protein Oatmeal. I digest oatmeal really well, and I just seem to have a lot of success when it's in my diet. For my next couple (2-3) meals it'll be either steak, chicken, or some sort of fish (Salmon from Aldi's is legit!). With my protein meals I'll eat either rice, potato's, or pasta with it. I'll have a protein bar prior to training. Then after my workouts, which are between 6-8 pm, I"ll drink 2 scoops of protein with creatine and Orange Juice. When I go home, if I'm feeling run down I'll probably eat another meal of something or have some cereal if I feel I need some more carbs.
My body comp is not too bad right now. I'm a little heavier than I'd like to be. I don't ever feel good when I'm carrying around a bloat. A lot of lifters like that but my performance usually sucks like that, I like feeling lean and strong. That's when I'm at my best. But, since Levi has been born, my nutrition took a little set back by everyone bringing cookies and what not, so you know it's sort of hard to be rude and not try them :) So yeah, back on the mend to a stricter diet to lift strong and recover fast!
My mindset is solid right now. It has to be once you commit to lifting weights that could kill you haha...I got really sick around the Holidays that took me over a month to get over, so it really wrecked my training and fitness then. But I feel like my fitness is really good right now and every training session has been very positive. I've been in this situation before, where heading into a meet I feel like I'm behind the 8 ball, but I know when you string together consistent training together, you'll end where you need to be. So I feel like right now I'm a head of where I thought I'd be as things start to get fun by putting more and more weight back on the bar.
I'm looking at attempting a 700lb squat again this year. Last meet I was close, but that's really a big focus right now. And for my bench and deadlift I just want to lift enough to have a good total. I know I need to get into that 1700 plus total range. Last meet, I went for broke on all my 3rd attempts and missed them all. I still won the 242 pro class, but I should've broke that 1700 mark last time out.
So yeah, that's where I'm at right now. The next one's should be a lot shorter and I'll try to make some training videos to to post on here. Thanks for following along, and if you have any questions just let me know!
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