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USAPL Raw Nationals

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I’ll be chronicling my participation in the USAPL Raw Nationals (181 class) on this post and will update it throughout the weekend. You can watch the live stream here http://www.usapowerlifting.com/. Pre Meet Prep: Taper started two weeks ago. No heavy pulls in last 14 days. Hoping to be super fresh when I hit the platform. Ibuprofen loading started 4 days ago so I’m fast, fresh, and this is an old tip I picked up from some high level Olympic lifting dudes. Big thank you to all those helping me out: Jason D, my brother, Josh, Cody, Dr. Layne Norton, Andy…

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Push-Pull Meet Prep: 8 Weeks Out

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Push-Pull Meet Prep: 8 Weeks Out By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW Club Coach This article is our first foray into prepping for a powerlifting meet. I wrote this up for my brother who is competing in a push-pull meet, which consists of the deadlift and bench press only. The goals for a specific prep like this are to increase strength (obviously), peak for the meet, and allow for weight loss/maintenance throughout the prep. For the unacquainted, there are multiple weight classes that require the athlete to either be under weight or 0.9lbs over. So for a 181lb class…

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Old Country Strong

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Old Country Strong By Jordan Feigenbaum MS, CSCS, HFS, USAW Club Coach Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about lifting weights and the physical changes resulting from a steady diet of squats, presses, and pulls. I know, I know, it’s shocking right? What’s really been on my brain, however, is how America’s media outlets have given many, if not all, severe body image issues. Women and men alike seem to want to be waif thin or lean, athletic, and toned rather desiring to be strong, powerful, and capable. These ideals died with the ghosts of meathead’s past and…

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Get Your Head Right: Major Misconceptions in the Fitness Game- Part I

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By Spencer Garrett Don’t let your misguided views, that have been fed to you by ‘conventional wisdom,’ get in the way of a better you.  So many people want to feel better, get healthier, fitter, look better naked, and have a greater quality of life.  Many are willing to work for it and I applaud your efforts and encourage you to continue on your quest, but PLEASE let me help you focus your energy, blood, sweat and tears (I assume most of you have experienced all of these) in the right direction. Topic: Spot Reduction.  If you are not familiar…

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Walk a Mile, Buddy (Part II)

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The second part (first part here) of my post on knee pain- also available at my website (free 7 day trial going on now!). Give it a read! Current Beliefs of Causes for PFPS The consensus from most professionals on patellofemoral pain syndrome is that it’s multifactorial, although certain groups within the health care provider realm maintain that certain things are more prevalent than others. Let’s have a little look-see at what every body is talking about. The American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) says that retropatellar or peripatellar pain (diagnostic of PFPS) results from physical and/or biochemical changes in…

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A Penny For My Thoughts- Part II

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Part two of my interview for the book. Hope you all enjoy! Leave a comment about what you’re dying to hear about! Is it better to lift weights with free weights or with weight machines?  Why is one better than the other? When determining which type of training is more beneficial there are four main things to consider and they are as follows: safety, amount of musculature used, range of motion, and overall cost of the equipment required. In every consideration free weights trump weight machines by large margins. Let’s take a closer look. User safety is of the utmost…

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Espresso and Dance-punk

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Over the past 20 weeks or so I have been dabbling with the mysterious “Westside Barbell”. I will be writing a full article on my experience with this method of training in the future, but for now, just know that two training days are dedicated to the upper body and two days to the lower body. There are two “maximal effort” lifting days (heaviest single to triple that you have that day working at 90%1RM or above) and two “dynamic effort” lifting days (moderate weight lifted for speed). After the main lifts, “the repetition method” (bodybuilding-esque) is used to improve…

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Meet Recap and a Challenge

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Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out the blog once again. Today’s post is about my powerlifting meet (USAPL MO State Raw Meet) and a little challenge I’m extending to all of you. To the uninitiated, a powerlifting meet consists of three lifts- the squat, bench press, and deadlift. For each lift you have three attempts to lift the maximal amount of weight. Your first attempt, the opener, sets the bar for each subsequent attempt. That is, once you choose your opening attempt you cannot decrease the weight on the bar once you attempt it. For this reason it’s very important…

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Paradigm Shift-Train in Vain

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Cue the smash-hit from The Clash. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALeWMi4Sjzk] Training for vanity has been poo-pooed in recent years by the fitness industry. Most of this is probably due to the emergence of ‘functional training’ by certain “fitness luminaries”. Somewhere along the line it became unacceptable to train with a mind towards aesthetics and only chasing performance was encouraged. What I’ve continually seen in recent years are more and more people getting involved in barbell training, high intensity conditioning, and strength programs. This makes me happy. However, I often find that the training methods used do not coincide with the person’s goals if they…

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PR’s or Lack Thereof

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So I’m getting closer and closer to my powerlifting meet (March 17) and I’m starting to contemplate my openers. Additionally I’m still a few pounds over for my class (181) but I’m getting there and I have over 2.5 weeks to do it, no sweat. Today I was supposed to pull 220kg for a triple but my body had other plans- I only got a double. GRRRRR. Let the excuses start- it was early, I was tired, not enough caffeine, too much caffeine, wrong shoes, wrong music, wrong insert whatever insignificant thing here. Point is, I let the weight win….

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