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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nova Scotia Provincials

What a crazy meet. This was the biggest powerlifting competition I've ever been at and was by far the oddest. The night before was the Annual General Meeting. I ended the evening being nominated for Nova Scotia Powerlifting President (which I was out voted on, thank God) and left as the new secretary.
I decided to camp instead of stay at a hotel, the cost difference was huge. I have a tent trailer with everything in it so I wasn't really roughing it. After the meeting I had just enough time to chuck two hot dogs down my throat before it was bed time. Did I mention that them meet was being held 50Km from Cape Breton Island. So, miles from any serious civilization. My alarm didn't go off in the morning and I had 45 minutes to get up, showered, bank machine (for CPU membership), and drive 15km to the venue for weigh-ins and equipment check.
I weighed in at a swelt 133.4kg then It was off to breakfast. 3 Tim Hortons B.E.L.T.s and an XL double double and I'm ready to go. With 50 lifters we had 4 flights, I was in a flight of 8 so things went fast. I won't go into details about my lifts, I'll post my video later. Here's how things went.

Squats - 265kg (miss), 265kg (miss), 265kg (good lift, but blew a blood vessel in my nose)
Bench Press - 180kg (good lift), 190kg (good lift), 195kg (miss).
Deadlift - 250kg (good lift), 260kg (miss), 260kg (miss).
Total - 705kg.

To sum up; a 15kg PB in the squat, equalled PB in the Bench, a sucky deadlift, and a 5kg PB Total. I have mixed feelings about the day.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Day 24 22 May 09

Thats it, it's all over. There's no more room for impovement. All the training is done now it's time to hit the platform and it ain't over time the Fat Guy lowers the bar. Here's how the squats went today.

Raw Squats - 135lbs/6 reps, 225lbs/3 reps, 315lbs/1 rep.
Full Gear (48 Titan Centurion NXG+ Super) - 220kg/2 reps, 260kg/1 rep, 260kg/1 rep, 277.5kg/1 rep.

All the squats were a bit high but still very solid. Check them out for yourself. Here's the link.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day 23 21 May 09

Bench day went very well indeed. On the week end I had my bench shirt taken in on the sleeves and the sleeves shortened. With the new alterations I was hoping for the best and got it. Thanks Mom for sewing my bench shirt.

Raw Bench Press - 135lbs/10 reps, 225lbs/6 reps, 275lbs/2 reps, 315lbs/1 rep (paused).
Inzer RageX Bench Press - 365lbs/1 rep (no touch), 405lbs/1 rep (1/2 inch from touching), 427lbs/1 rep (a 9lbs PB).
Titan F6 Bench Press - 405lbs/1 rep (no touch), 449lbs/miss.

I'll be competition in the RageX but I tried a buddies size 52 F6 for fun. The 405lbs was easily 2 inches above my chest. The 449lbs touched, barely, but I didn't have enough triceps strength to handle the weight. It died as soon as the pop from the shirt ended. One thing though, I didn't torque the sleeves on the F6. I just put it straight on. Finally I tried a shirt that fits properly. After this meet I'll compete again but bench only and I'll work with this other, smaller, better fitting shirt.
My opener for bench press at the competition should be 190kg


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day 22 19 May 2009

Deadlifts today. Solo lifting at the Greenwood Powerhouse. A great day of pulling even though I split my suit. Here's how I did.

Warm Up - 5 minute bike.
Deadlifts - 60kg/6 reps, 100kg/6 reps, 140kg/3 reps, 180kg/2 reps
Gear Deadlifts - 220kg/1 rep, 260kg/1 rep, 275kg/miss.
Here's a video of all these lifts.

I felt confident enough to attempt 275kg but my gear couldn't keep up. I'll get my wife to stitch it up one last time. After this competition I'll retire this suit and go for something new and a bit more aggressive. Depending on how I feel the day of the competition 260kg seems like a good place to open deadlifts.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Day 20 13 May 09

Benching today. A very quick work out that added tonnes of frustration to my pre competition prep.

Raw Bench Press - 135lbs/6 reps, 225lbs/6 reps, 275lbs/3 reps, 315lbs/1 rep.
Inzer RageX Bench Press - 365lbs/1 rep, 405lbs/miss, 315lbs/6 reps.

My elbow still bothers me a bit so it's thowing off my technique. My elbows flair something awefull. On top of that my suit doesn't fit right so I have to do some altering. This sucks this close before the competition.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Day 19 12 May 09

A great day of deadlifting with the boys at the Greenwood Powerhouse.

Raw Deadlifts (sumo) - 60kg/6 reps, 100kg/6 reps, 140kg/3 reps, 180kg/2 reps.
Raw Deadlifts (conv) - 200kg/1 rep, 220kg/1 rep, 240kg/1 rep.

Gear Deadlifts (sumo)(Titan Superior) - 240kg/1 rep, 260kg/miss, 260kg/1 rep.

I missed on the first 260kg because I didn't talc my legs. The training partners said they could hear the bar scraping over my knees. Almost near my maxes. Should make for a great competition.
Tomorrow I'll be benching. I hope my elbows feel better.


Saturday, May 09, 2009

Day 18 8 May 09

Squat day today was awesome! I worked out today at the Greenwood Powerhouse with some of the guys that will be competing May 30th. Here's how things went.

Bench Press - 135lbs/12 reps (CG), 225lbs/6 reps, 315lbs/2 reps.
Gear Bench Press (Inzer RageX) - 365lbs/2 reps, 405lbs/miss, 405lbs/1 rep.

Squats - 135lbs/6 reps, 225lbs/3 reps, 315lbs/2 reps, 365lbs/1 rep.
Gear Squats (Titan Centurion NXG+ super) - 405lbs/2 reps, 495lbs/2 reps, 585lbs/1 rep.

I wasn't pleased with my bench press. My shirt wasn't on properly with my left sleave not torqued the way I usually like. The last 405lbs barely went up.
Squats were another story. 585lbs is a 35lbs PB and I didn't even use knee wraps. With someone watching at the side confirms that I was just below parallel. Very nice if I do say so myself.


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Day 17 6 May 09

Bench Press day once again. Today is cold and damp which didn't help the bursitis in my right elbow. Here's how the benching went.

Warm Up - 5 minutes Precore EFX
Squats - 135lbs/8 reps, 225lbs/6 reps, 315lbs/3 reps, 345lbs/3 reps, 365lbs/3 reps.
Bench Press - 135lbs/6 reps, 135lbs/6 reps (CG), 225lbs/3 reps, 315lbs/1 rep.
Bench Press in Gear (Titan Fury sz 52) - 3 sets/2 reps/365lbs.
Rack Pulls Sumo - 315lbs/3 reps, 405lbs/3 reps, 495lbs/1 rep, 585lbs/1 rep, 635lbs/miss.
Rack Pulls Conv - 405lbs/3 reps, 495lbs/1 rep, 585lbs/1 rep, 635lbs/1 rep.
Various Other Support Exercises.

I wanted to focus on bench technique today but my right elbow hurt so much I couldn't concentrate on much else. In fact I was having trouble locking out with 365lbs on the last set. The rack pulls didn't seem to aggravate it. Actually the traction added to the elbow felt good. My elbow feel much better now. In the future I'll have to watch for this problem.
On another note, today I received my new knee and wrist wraps from APT. When they said the "Convicts" were for advanced lifters only they really mean it. It will take me some time to get used to these. I used the wrist wraps today and they are awesome!!! If my elbow wasn't bothering me today I'm sure I would have pressed a new PB, hence the raw 315lbs. I'll get some video of these wraps later.


Monday, May 04, 2009

Day 16 4 May 09

Deadlifts are going well but my gear is not co-operating. I had my deadlift suit taken in once again and the body feels good but the legs are still too loose. I guess one more time in the sewing machine and I should be good to go. After this competition I'm going to retire my deadlift suit. It's had more work done to it than Joan Rivers. Here's how things went today.

Squats - 135lbs/6 reps, 225lbs/6 reps, 295lbs/6 reps, 345lbs/3 reps, 355lbs/3 reps, 365lbs/3 reps.
Bench Press - 135lbs/12 reps, 135lbs/12 reps (narrow grip), 5 sets/4 reps/255lbs.
Gear Deadlifts - 405lbs/1 rep, 495lbs/1 rep, 495lbs/1 rep, 565lbs/1 rep.
Conv Raw Deadlift - 495lbs/1 rep.

A fairly good day of deadlifts. On the second set @ 495lbs I set up opposite and ended up lowering the bar onto my right foot. One of my toes is bruised a bit. When putting the weights away I decided to try 495lbs for a raw single. A very nice pull if I do say so myself.


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Day 15 2 May 09

All I can say is WOW!!!, I put off squat day a day to rest. Between work, training, and the family this last week was very exhausting. Here's how squats were today.

Squat warm ups - 135lbs/6 reps, 225lbs/4 reps, 315lbs/2 reps, 405lbs/1 rep.
Put on suit. Titan Centurion NXG+ super sz 48.
Squats in gear - 405lbs/5 reps, 455lbs/4 reps, 505lbs/2 reps, 545lbs/3 reps.

Bench Press - 135lbs/12 reps, 135lbs/12 reps (close Grip), 205lbs/8 reps, 3 sets/4 reps/255lbs, 2 sets/4 reps/275lbs.

This new suit is frustratingly awesome. I didn't make depth on any of the sets but I did manage to get deeper with each set. At 545lbs I was about 3 inches above parallel. There was no one to spot me so I didn't want to go any heavier considering I was that close to my PB (-10lbs).
After week one of gear work complete I think the following will be my openers.

Squat - 250kg
Bench Press - 190kg
Deadlift - 250kg

I had my deadlift suit taken in a bit last week so I may change things after Monday next week.