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I am a really big fan of the Olympic Games. I watch just about any of the sports. This resulted in me being sleep deprived for a couple of weeks. I stayed up late many nights watching how the swimming, track and field, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics or Misty and Kerry finished up for the day. It is a shame that powerlifting is not in the Olympic Games. Powerlifting is close with its inclusion in the IOC patronized IWGA World Games. The World Games are always contested every four years; the year following the Summer Olympics. The World Games serves as a middle ground for those sports that get moved in and out of the Olympics. I have competed in three World Games (2001 Akita, Japan; 2005 Duisburg, Germany; 2009 Kaohsiung, Taiwan). All three of my experiences at the World Games were some of my best experiences in the sport. They really gave me a great multi- sport Olympic Games type experience….just not quite the Summer Olympics.
I journeyed into new territory this summer by training ten 11-14 year old girls that are my daughters’ volleyball teammates. It was a good challenge as other then my two daughters (Elizabeth 11 and Emily14), none of the girls had any experience lifting. I kept the training very simple. I set up a two-day a week, eight-week training program. The program included hang cleans, front squats, box jumps, pikes and planks, arm curls and dumbbell front raises. A lot of the effort was placed on learning how to perform a proper clean. We basically started with a broom stick. By the end of the summer all of the girls made great improvement with a few of them cleaning 80-100 lbs. The girls worked very hard and I am already looking forward to next summer’s program.
I am back to training after competing at the USAPL RAW Nationals in early August. I am in a bit of a transitional phase. I am not sure if I will be competing again until the 2013 Arnold. I am trying to mix things up a little bit for a couple months. I have been working in more Olympic lifting including cleans and snatches. I am training more mobility work including sled drags, farmer’s walks and various other strongman event training. All of my squat training has been light pause squats at a bottom depth position with the goal to work on hip flexibility. At this point I am not trying to set the world on fire with my training weights, but rather trying to just mix it up a little and have some fun.
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