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I received some great news this past week. I have made the USAPL Powerlifting Team for the 2013 Inaugural IPF Classic World Championships in Sudzal, Russia. After placing second at the 2012 USAPL RAW Nationals I had to wait for 6 months to see if I would move up as an alternate into a team spot. In 2012 the IPF sanctioned the first Classic World Cup in Stockholm, Sweden. Due to its great success the IPF voted at the 2012 Congress to make Classic lifting a sanctioned World Championship in 2013. The Classic Worlds is contested as a RAW event. Lifters are only allowed to use a singlet, belt, knee sleeves, and wrist wraps. No supportive suits or wraps are allowed. I have always looked forward to the day that there would be a RAW IPF World Championship. This is a great opportunity for me. I will be training harder then ever to try and get on the medal podium!
My training for the 2013 GNC Pro Performance Arnold Deadlift event is in full swing. I am starting to hit those critical heavy workouts, and they have been progressing as planned. I was able to pull a set of 5 with 738 tonight in just a belt. I hope to pull 5x760 in 2 weeks. The mobility work that I have added to my training with the help of Bryan Dermody has really helped in a short time. I am looking forward to competing with fellow Team HMB Athletes Bryan Dermody and Nick Weite on the main stage of the Arnold Saturday afternoon!
I spent this past weekend speaking at the Minnesota NSCA Winter Strength Coaches Clinic held on the University of Minnesota Campus. It was a great honor to be able to talk about my strength training philosophy in front of this group. My talk basically related to the fact that training athletes to be powerlifters, strongmen, wrestlers, football players and other athletes does not vary much in the basic concept. Most athletes will benefit from training the squat, bench press, and the deadlift along with a mixture of Olympic lifts to become bigger, stronger and faster athletes. Of course there needs to be some adaptations in training programs to fit the athletes sport specific needs. We train a wide variety of athletes at Jackals Gym in Marshall, Minnesota. A couple things are common for everyone. Come to the gym ready to lift and bring a lot of intensity!
I can’t say enough about the great strength, recovery and added work capacity benefits that can be obtained from taking HMB. Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list! Good luck in meeting your strength and fitness goals in 2013!!!