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New Years Day has come and gone and 2011 is here....along with another Minnesota blizzard! The upper Midwest has seen one blizzard after another this winter. The thrill of shoveling snow and raking the roof has been a twice weekly chore. The cold weather is tough on the body, and the joints tend to be a little stiffer in the winter time. Trying to look at the positive, all of the snow has given me a great opportunity to get in some extra cardio! I am continuing to get great strength and recovery gains from taking GNC Pro Performance HMB. With the extra physical activity, attributed by the year of the blizzard, recovery has become more important than ever. I am currently taking 4-6 grams per day. I typically spread this out by taking 1 gram with each of my meals, and 2 grams following a heavy workout.
I have a busy competition schedule planned in 2011. I will be competing in the 2011 Arnold GNC Pro Performance IPF Deadlift Event in early March. I plan to compete in a Pro Deadlift event in April. I hope to qualify for the 2011 IPF World Championships at the USAPL Nationals in June, and I was just invited to compete in Australia in July. I am very excited to compete in Australia. I have been fortunate to travel the world throughout my powerlifting career, but I have never been to Australia... The July trip will complete my quest to compete on every continent in the World except for Antarctica.
My training is starting to ramp up. I am sticking to my tradition deadlift training consisting of alternating full deadlifts and rack pulls. I tend to add a little more assistance work every year to train the weak areas. This consists of RDLS, power cleans, front squats, box squats, bent rows and kettle bell swings. I have been really pushing my bench training hard even though my first couple of meets in 2011 will be deadlift only. I want to continue to try and make the gains in lockout strength that I made this past fall by working in an extra rack lockout bench training session during the week. I am mixing up my squat training again this winter. I have been hitting two sets of 8 on my heavy day in place of the standard 5x5. This worked well last winter, and I will begin the standard 5x5 after the Arnold. Another training goal I have in 2011 is to try and really work in a lot of shoulder work. Shoulder strength was one of my strong points in the past and I am trying to rebuild in this area both for strength gains and injury prevention.
One of topics I have talked about a lot is working your weak areas. It is too easy sometimes to concentrate on your strong points and neglect other body parts. In order to continue to make strength gains, and to avoid injury, it is important to occasionally evaluate your weaknesses. It is essential to find different assistance exercises to strengthen those areas that need further development. Using this methodology has been a real staple to my success over the years.
Train hard, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list!
Happy New Year!