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Next Stop: Palm Springs, California

Blog Article ImageMy next competition will be in Palm Springs, California on June 19.  Palm Springs is the site of the 2010 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) National Powerlifting Championships.  This Championship is the qualifier for the 2010 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa.  My May 2010 victory at the USAPL Masters Nationals in Killeen, Texas has already qualified me for the October 2010 IPF Masters Worlds in the Pilsen, Czech Republic, but I really have my sights on qualifying for the Open World Championships this year.

I jumped right back into heavy training following the Masters Nationals.  My heavy training cycle was completed this past week.   I now have a week of light training, and a week of rest.  It is important to rest prior to a big competition to allow the muscles, joints and central nervous system to recuperate.  I had very good training in the squat and deadlift, but the bench is still lagging behind.  In the last 10 years my bench has consistently been in the 600 lb range, but that has dropped to the mid 500's.  I injured my shoulder at the World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan last summer. The injury has recovered and the shoulder feels good, but I’m just not able to generate as much strength and explosion.  I also am not as strong as I should be locking out the weight. This has me thinking that maybe I am missing some upper back strength.  I dropped high pulls and powercleans from my training in order to let my back recover this winter.  My development in this area was always very strong in the past.  I think it is time to get after these again. I will be concentrating on more upper back work and more triceps/lockout work during my next training cycle. There is an important rule in strength training.  It is essential for continued strength gains to search out your weak areas of development and implement a training plan to strengthen these areas.  In this case, one of my previously strong areas of development has become weakened and now it is time to re-focus my training.

The past several weeks have been very busy for me, as I have been training 5 other members of the gym for the Nationals.  We have 2 Junior lifters and 3 other Open lifters competing in Palm Springs. We have had a tremendous amount of success over the years following a basic training template.  In my opinion, 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.  Strength is built through time and effort, not by fancy machines and gimmicks.  Jackals Gym and Southwest Minnesota will be well represented in Palm Springs.

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!

Stay Strong,

Posted on June 8, 2010


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