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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…

By: Ironman

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…

By: Ironman

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…

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Week one of my squat plan for my next meet went as expected. Actually, better than expected. It has been almost two years since I squatted in my single-ply gear so last nights squat session was meant more as an “experimental” session than a “lifting heavy” weight session. First of all, I wanted to see how the gear fit. I…

By: Ironman

So I finally decide on my next competition. The APF Europa Single-Ply Nationals. It has been two years since I competed in single-ply, but I had set a goal for myself to try and squat over 1,000 lbs. at least one more time in single-ply before I get too old. So, with ten weeks to train, I just figured up…