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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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