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Following my win at the 2013 IPF Classic RAW World Championships I decided that it would be too much to push myself any further and compete at the USAPL Nationals. I needed some Down Time in my training intensity. In other words it was time to shut it down for a while. The pec strain I had prior to worlds was still an issue, and I still am having problems with my chronic hamstring glute injury. It was a tough decision not to compete, but one I needed to make to not further my injuries. I also did not want to spoil my chance to celebrate my win in Russia by not being able to compete at a high level at the Nationals. The biggest implication is that I will not be able to defend my title in Kazakhstan next summer.
One big benefit from having some down time is that I have been able to spend more time with the wife Diane and daughters Emily and Elizabeth. We have been doing a lot of tubing and water skiing during July and enjoying the summer. I have been brave enough to skid across the water on a tube, but at 330 lbs and 47 years old my water skiing days have been long over.
I have recently started some light training. I have gone back to an old friend of mine by incorporating a 3-day a week Russian front squat program. For many years during the off-season I would train these 6-week programs back to back. Thinking I needed a change; I quit doing this program about 3 years ago. I have started back very light. Week one I did 5x5 with 264 and have gone as heavy as 4x5 with 490 in the past. I am going to slightly change the workout up a little bit and cycle it into 4-week mini cycles. I plan to try and stick with this program for the next 4 months and hope to get back close to a 4x5 with 490 again. I am hopefully that by incorporating this high volume front squat program into my training it will help cure my chronic glute hamstring injury. With this high volume approach I will depend more than ever on the great recovery benefits that I obtain from my daily supplementation with GNC Pro Performance HMB.
My next competition will be USAPL sanctioned deadlift contest at the Alaska Fitness Expo in October. At this point I am hopeful that the body will be healthy and that I will be able to compete at a high level in October.
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!!!