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I spent the last weekend of September at the Mr. Olympia Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had a very busy weekend running the GNC Grip Gauntlet with my brothers Karl and Wade in the GNC Pro Performance Booth. My brothers and I continuously demonstrate the grip events throughout both days. The Olympia weekend had me closing the hand gripper, picking up the 50 Lb "Blob" and deadlifting the 200 Lb "Rolling Thunder" 25-30 times a day. Performing these movements is extremely taxing to the grip, and the hands were sore for a week. It was great talking with a lot of friends at the show. I had a chance to see the HMB crew over at the HMB Booth and at various times in the venue. Everybody looked like they were very busy! Now that the show is over it is time to get serious with my training. I just have 5 weeks of training left before the 2010 IPF World Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
So far my training has been progressing very well. I have been very happy with my squat training. I was able to squat 5x5x580 RAW last week with no gear and no belt. The 5x5 squats have been a staple of my training for many years. It is a brutal but effective way to train. Brutal in the form of massive delayed onset muscle soreness typically settling into the legs and back 48 hours afterwards. Effective in the manner in which it builds RAW strength that has a substantial carry over in both the squat and the deadlift. I just have one heavier 5x5 squat session left in this cycle. I would like to finish my RAW 5x5 squat program with a PR 606 lbs next week, and then I will be trying to peak for the meet by training singles with heavier weights. The great strength and recovery gains that I have acquired by supplementing my diet with GNC Pro Performance HMB have allowed me to push this training beyond previous barriers.
For those that have been following my blogs, I hope that I have been able to outline the simplicity of my training methods. Unfortunately, there really aren't any gimmicks or tricks out there to make a person strong over night. Strength does not come by taking shortcuts. Strength is gained over time and through a lot of hard work and effort. My training methodology over the years has been to consistently let one training cycle build off of the previous training cycle with small, but consistent gains. In other words...I have been very patient and have gained my strength over time. I have found that this is the best way to progress in strength and stay relatively injury free over the long run.
Train hard, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list!