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The Minnesota winter has been unseasonably warm this year, and it is hard to believe Christmas is just over a week away. I have spent a lot of my free time hunting this fall. In previous years these late season hunts involved sub-zero weather, but this year we had to try to deal with rain rather than trudging through a foot or two of snow. I am happy to report that I was able to put some high quality protein in the freezer to get me through the cold winter months ahead.
Looking back I had a pretty good year coming back from a medical condition. I was able to lift in my 8th consecutive Arnold Deadlift contest in March. At this time last year I was not sure if that was going to happen. In May I was able to secure a victory at the TSI and Metabolic Technologies Empire Classic Pro Deadlift in Spokane, Washington. In October I completed my goal to qualify for the 2016 IPF Classic Masters World Team by winning the USAPL RAW Nationals in the Masters Division in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Every year I spend some time reflecting on my training success and shortcomings. I feel it is important as a strength athlete to evaluate on an annual basis what is working and what parts of your training need to be modified to strengthen any weak areas. In 2016 I am going to continue to work on mobility to correct a glute problem that I have been struggling with for several years. I have been guilty in the past of slowly eliminating mobility work when things start to feel better. I also need to find a way to get my leg strength back to my former levels without over training. I always like to approach my training scientifically, but this goal may be best accomplished through trial and error. I will be adding in some additional leg press, front squat, and box squat workouts, and evaluating how the body responds.
I am planning on several contests in 2016 starting with the Arnold Pro Deadlift in March and the IPF Classic Worlds in June. I would like to get my deadlift back over 800 lbs. at the Arnold, and then go after my 7th World Title in June. There is a lot of hard work ahead in 2016 to achieve these goals. I will be hitting the gym hard after Santa heads back to the North Pole following Christmas!
Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and make sure to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list to meet your strength, energy and recovery needs. Happy Holidays and I wish you good luck meeting your strength training goals in 2016.