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I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky last week to attend the 2015 NSCA Coaches Conference. I have been to the last 11 January NSCA Conferences and this was another good one. It seems like every year the harsh January Minnesota weather makes traveling to this conference a struggle. This year I had to contend with a ground blizzard and -45 wind chills on my drive up the night before I flew out of the Minneapolis Airport. The weather in Louisville wasn’t much better with sub-zero wind chills the first couple of days. The conference was held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. I had a chance to talk to a lot of strength coaches while working the GNC Booth and learned some new training ideas. Unfortunately, with the cold weather, I did not get a chance to get out to any of the great Louisville barbeque rib joints.
I have been doing something a little different this past month with my assistance and recovery squat workouts. On Mondays I warm up with front squats or box squats prior to deadlifting. On Fridays I train 5x5 squats on my heavy days, and 8x2 speed squats as my recovery workout on lighter training days. Last month I was trying to figure out if I was going to train front squats or box squats prior to deadlifting when I decided to do both at the same time, not literally. I started out with an easy double to the box and then immediately kicked the box away and hit a front squat double. I continued at this for 4 more sets increasing the weight with each set. After I was done with 5 sets I completed a 5x2 high bar back squat. This has since morphed into a combination of all three. I have been starting with a box squat single…kicking the box away and hitting a front squat single and then immediately finishing with a high bar back squat single. I add 10 kg (22 Lbs.) to each side of the bar and repeat in two minutes. Volume wise this amounts to 5 progressive speed sets of 3 repetitions. I am not professing that this is Brad’s new scientific method of training but it is a fun way to mix things up and it really provides for a complete way to hit the legs from all different angles.
My training is progressing. I have found that I have gotten weak in the quads so I am really focusing on front squats. Training has been going well. I am getting stronger by the week and am currently getting ready for the Pro Deadlift at the 2015 Arnold Classic. I am looking forward to getting back on the platform. Only seven weeks to go so it is time to kick it in gear.
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