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My training is ramping up for the 2011 IPF World Championships. With less than 5 weeks to go every workout is critical, and September has been a busy month. Having a busy life outside of the gym, finding a way to hit all of the critical workouts, and trying to find time to pay attention to the things that matter the most in life can be a juggling act. My work schedule gets very busy in the fall; my kids have me running with their busy fall activities; I am always trying to get a little hunting worked into the schedule; and I try to spend as much time as possible with my family. For some of the young guys in the gym a busy schedule really can affect their workouts. On the other hand, I have really adapted over the years to having a busy schedule. I have found that when I have a lot of things going on I actually become more focused and have better workouts. I know several people that lock themselves away from the world when training for a big event. I think this can really add a lot of stress and leads to burning out. Don't get me wrong...I am as serious as I have ever been about performing well, but the more important things in my life have allowed me to not over think my training. On occasion I have to alter my schedule….but it all works out in the long run.
Training has been going well, although I have been battling several injuries. This is the 14th time I have trained for an IPF World Championship and I am no stranger to having injuries during training. It is all part of the game when competing in heavy strength athletics. I still have the hip and glute issues that have plagued me for the past 5-6 months. It is a strange injury as stretching can help the glute issue to go away, but make the hip feel weak. I am trying to find a good balance. Last week I tweaked my neck real bad while deadlifting. As it turns out the problem may have originated in my upper back in the rhomboid and trap area. I have been getting some weekly deep tissue work done in these areas and I have added a couple extra stretching and rehab workouts during the week. Injuries are common when pushing your training to the max. It’s how well an athlete mentally and physically handles working around an injury that eventually determines the outcome.
Staying busy in life, training around injuries and trying to peak for a World Championship can put a big demand on how well the body recuperates between workouts. Taking in the proper supplementation is the key to success. I credit GNC Pro Performance HMB for giving me the energy and recovery to continue to train at the highest level.
Train hard, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list!