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Deadlift Peaking, Week 2/8, 480×5

Worked up to 2 sets of 480 x 5. I didn’t sleep well so I was tired, but I got it done.

Also, thanks to Lifting Dad for the new (to me) barbell. It’s going to work out awesome!
You guys should check out his channel here:


ABBRx Natural and Fit Day

Did my 3rd meet yesterday. It was an interesting one. ABBRx hosts an annual bodybuilding show/fitness expo, and this year they decided to add a USAPL meet to the day’s events.

The setup of the lifting area was nice, in a high school gym so there was bleacher seating so everyone could see what was going on. The warm up area was just the school weight room, which looked like it was recently dredged from the nearby river. Also, the spotters and loaders were volunteers from the local college track and field team, so they had to be instructed and reminded frequently of proper methods.

Anyway, I had two goals. Get a 1,400 total, and hit a 600 lb deadlift. Happy to say, I did both. Side bonus, I went 9 for 9 on my lifts, and I finally benched over 300 in a meet.

451.9 – 485 – 501.6

275.6 – 303.1 – 308.6

529.1 – 273.2 – 600.8

I totaled 1,409 at a bodyweight of 285.

No idea…..

How to keep a baby entertained

Pretty much anything by Baby Einstein is hypnotic to babies. Ellery can’t get enough of these squeaking puppets.

The Popsico

Audra wanted to show me something ‘sooo cool you won’t even believe it’. I present to you, the popsico.

Ironworks Open X

Did my 2nd meet today. Went better than expected honestly. My back was still tweaked, and I was sick at the beginning of the week. I weighed in at 277.

1st: 208 kg (458.5 lbs) – Good lift, felt light
2nd: 227.5 kg (501.5 lbs) – Bit rough at the end, but got it
3rd: 232.5 kg (512.5 lbs) – Not even close. Bounced out of the hole, dropped right back in, lol
End result: 60 lb increase from last year

1st: 117 kg (257.9 lbs) – Good lift, surprised how quick this went up.
2nd: 130 kg (286.6 lbs) – Good lift, this one went up easy too.
3rd: 137.5 kg (303 lbs) – Stalled about an inch from lockout. I debated between 296 and 303 for a while, figured what the hell. Would have had the 296 for sure.
End Result: 11 lb increase from last year

1st: 205 kg (451.9 lbs) – Good lift, my back was not happy with me today though
2nd: 220 kg (485 lbs) – Good lift, back even more unhappy
3rd: 232.5 kg (512.5 lbs) – Good lift, did the bare minimum for a 1300 total
End Result: 37 lbs less than last year.

Overall: 3rd out of 6 in the SHW class.

Squat was right where I thought it would be. Very happy with that. I kicked myself for going with 303 over 296 on the bench, but no big deal. I know I can get there in no time. The deadlift was a disappointment. Last year I pulled 550 at this meet, and up until 2 months ago I was pulling 570+. My total was 1300.7, but I feel ok about calling it 1301, lol. I hit a personal goal of squatting 500+, and I totaled 1300 for the first time.

Ironworks Open IX

On January 5th, 2013, I could only squat 175 lbs, bench press 200 lbs and deadlift 280 lbs (655 total).

Today I competed in my first powerlifting meet, the Ironworks Open.

Squat: 440 lbs

Bench Press: 275 lbs

Deadlift: 550 lbs

Total: 1265lbs.

I added 600 pounds to my total. Not too shabby for 7 months of training if I do say so myself 🙂