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Nick: On Saturday I lifted in the SBD sponsored Arnold Grand Prix where I finished in 2nd place with a 915-pound squat, a 617-pound bench press, and an 832-pound deadlift. I went for the win and a new IPF world record on my third attempt deadlift with 881 pounds. The lift was originally called good but overturned by the jury after an opposing lifter’s coach protested the lift. On Sunday I was back at it in the Bodybuilding.com sponsored Pro Deadlift. I ended the day with a 795-pound deadlift, which placed me fourth in the heaviest deadlift division. USA Powerlifting put on both of these competitions and they do a great job with all the different events at the Arnold.
NW: I think I left some pounds on the platform on my squat, which would have helped with not having to pull so much for the win. So, looking back now I would have attempted something heavier on my third squat.
NW: I wouldn’t say I was really proud of only one lift over the weekend. As a powerlifter, the goal is putting up the best total possible, and I came out with a huge total personal record, which is what I’m most proud of.
NW: I’m lucky enough to get my programming from Mike Tuchscherer at Reactive Training Systems. This training cycle was 8 weeks long, and I trained four days a week for approximately 3 hours each day. It’s concentrated heavily on compound movements (squat/bench/deadlift).
NW: It’s like riding a bike, you never really forget how to do it. For me, the main difference between the two styles is being a lot more dependent on training partners when I’m training equipped. I’m blessed to have a great group of people I train with at Output Performance who help me tremendously with my workouts. Also, the amount of time it takes me to train equipped is longer, so that’s a little more challenging sometimes.
NW: I’ve been using macros to slowly cut weight in order to get back to the 120kg (264 pound) class. I was dropping pretty good and got around 280 before getting the invite to do the Grand Prix at the Arnold. Since this is a pound for pound contest, I let my body weight get back up a bit and weighed in at 289 on meet day. I’m hopping back on the macro train again though, and plan on competing later this summer in the 120 kg weight class, which is definitely best for me.
NW: I use HMB, BetaTOR, PEAK ATP, and several supplements from 1st Phorm (glutamine, creatine, protein, multi vitamin, opti-greens, sleep aid). I only use supplements I know work and have purpose in my training. Recovery and strength are what I’m looking for and the above products provide just that.
NW: It was an awesome experience and I was excited to be a part of it. There are so many great powerlifters competing at the Arnold and to be chosen to, really kind of represent that whole group, was a tremendous honor.
NW: Right now I’m toying around with the idea of staying in gear and competing at the USA Powerlifting Open Nationals. I’ve been itching to get back on the National scene and hopefully make a National team again. After that I’ve signed up for USA Powerlifting Regionals in July in the 120kg class, which I’ll be competing raw. My goal is the same as it always is, to get as strong as possible and be competitive no matter what weight class or lifting style!