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Keeping It Simple for Continued Strength Gains

Blog Article ImageI am very happy to report that my last competition at the 2010 USAPL National Championships in Palm Springs, California was a success.  I was able to win my 11th National Championship (7 Open and 4 Masters) and qualify for the 2010 IPF World Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa.  By virtue of winning this championship I have declined my nomination for the 2010 IPF Masters World Championships and have opted to compete in the Men’s World Championship.   I did not have a huge day as far as my combined total.  Several factors came into play including: playing it safe in the squat, an injury that effected my bench, and an 881 IPF Masters World Record Deadlift that was turned down 2-1 by the judges.  A win is a win, and I have realized over time that not every meet is going to go perfect, but my goal of winning and qualifying for my 10th IPF Men's World Championship was completed, and I am happy with the results.

Our small private gym, Jackals Gym, located in extreme rural Southwest Minnesota continues to have tremendous success.  We had 6 members compete in Palm Springs.  Unfortunately, Greg Wagner, 2009 IPF Bronze Medalist, had trouble in the bench and bombed out.  Nick Tylutki, Jon Krogman and I each won Open National Championships. Nineteen year old Tony Schwebach won a teenage National Championship.  Hometown twenty year old Craig Peterson was a Junior National runner-up. These 6 members that competed range from age 19-44.  Regardless of age and training experience, we all follow a similar simple approach of heavy RAW training. Our training is based around a high- volume, percentage based approach that includes standard (5x5) or (5x3) sets and reps in the squat and bench, and incorporating various Olympic lifts and partial power rack overloads into our deadlift training. As indicated in previous blogs; “keeping it simple with a lot of hard work has been our formula.  There is nothing that can replace hard work when it comes to building maximum strength levels.” Unfortunately, there are not too many training gimmicks out there that actually work. Continued strength gains come from good old fashioned hard work in the gym. 

I am going to take a much needed rest and train light through the month of July.  Then it will be back to 5x5 squats and heavy pulls out of the rack.  The Gym will be a busy place in the next 4 months as 3 of us prepare for our trip to South Africa.  This will be the 2nd trip to South Africa for all 3 of us.  In 2004 Jon Krogman won a Sub-Junior IPF World Championship in Pretoria, and Nick Tylutki and I competed in the 2004 IPF World Championships in Capetown.

I am continuing to get great strength and recovery gains from taking GNC Pro Performance HMB.  I am currently taking 4-6 grams per day.  I typically spread this out by taking 1 gram with each of my meals, and 2 grams following a heavy workout.

Train hard, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list!


Posted on July 2, 2010


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