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By: Ironman

Tonight was squat day in the gym and I decided to go with chain squats. I wanted to feel the heavy weight on my back but didn’t want to have to kill myself squatting it all in a full squat, so chain squats did the trick. During warm-ups, I felt something start to pull in my right hamstring, but I…

By: Ironman

It’s been a while. I know. I’m sorry.  It’s been off season for me and I’ve been slacking on the blog. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been training, because I have. In my last post, back in April, I had a terrible meet, mostly due to the fact that I had dropped way too much weight just before competition….

By: Ironman

  O.K. I’ve been avoiding this all weekend, but now I guess it’s time to report on the APF Single-Ply Nationals. It was terrible. Over the last month I have lost 20 lbs. and there wasn’t enough time to get any gear that fit, not to mention all my body mechanics were off. I just made it through this meet…

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Shock the system. That was the plan for this week’s squat session. If I am to be able to squat the weight I want at the competition I need to get my body ready for the weight. One of my favorite exercises for this is the Band Assisted Squats. The goal for the day was to shock the hell out…

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Even though I’m in the middle of a training cycle for my next competitions each time I get on a scale it seems my body weight keeps going down. I got on the scale the Sunday night and it said 242 lbs. even. This is the lightest I have been in four years. The weight loss is great seeing that…

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Going into week 4 of my meet prep. cycle just happened to be my favorite squat exercise, Chain Squats. When planning a competition training program, I always include at least two exercises where I can overload the weight at the top of the squat. This way my body gets accustomed to handling the heavy weights. It is a crucial part…

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www.rawfitnesscombine.com When my friends over at Raw Fitness Combine asked me to write a small e-book on squatting, I was honored. They were looking for a book about squat form, something they could give it away when people signed up for their newsletter. As most people already know, I have already writing just the book.  Squat Like A Powerlifter: The Beginner’s Guide to…

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Week three going into the next competition was to be a de-load/volume week. Instead of going up to outrageous weights, it was time to do some volume, so I decided to do triples up to a moderately heavy weight. Squats Bar x 10 reps. Bar x10 reps. 135 lbs. x 3 reps. 225 lbs. x 3 reps 315 lbs. x…

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As I posted in an earlier post, Time to make a plan for the next competition., my game plan for the next meets was to incorporate a series of top-end overloading exercises. This week’s happened to be Band Squats. My goal for the meet is to squat over 1,000 lbs., so each week I will set a goal for each exercise…

By: Ironman

I’m nine weeks out from the APF Single-Ply Nationals, so the last few training days have been a test to see where I’m at.  Last Friday was squats which you can read in my last blog. Yesterday was bench press and today was deadlifts. Bench Press Yesterday I put on a bench shirt for the first time in months. It was…