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As you reading this I am in the last week of my four week prep program and am getting ready to start my five week competition program. What this means is on July 28th I’ll be competing in the 2012 North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) Championships. This is a great opportunity for me as it is a qualifier for the 2013 World Games.
This meet will be the first time ever lifting outside of the 275 pound class. In the organization I lift they have changed the weight classes, making the last two classes 264 pounds and unlimited. I didn’t like the idea of becoming one of the super heavies, so I decided on dropping the weight instead. This was a hard decision because I have always been a full 275er and liked lifting at this weight. Usually when you drop weight your strength levels go in the same direction, down. This really didn’t happen much with me because while losing the weight I remained diligent in making sure I was supplying my body with HMB. I believe this helped my strength levels remain fairly constant, actually improving in some areas. The other great thing about making sure I’m taking my HMB is the recovery aspect. I combine my HMB with 1st Phorm creatine and protein which jumpstarts my recovery making sure I’m ready for my next lifting session.
The other hard decision I have had to make was skipping this year’s USAPL Nationals. I really wanted to see how long I could continue as national champion but decided to put all my efforts in the NAPF meet. This is because my main goal in powerlifting is to represent the US team at the World Games. I know this will take one of the best meets of my life for this to happen and decided breaking up my training to do several meets wasn’t the best idea.
With my lifting picking up I have recently started training in my equipment. I have to give a huge thanks to Titan Support Systems who supply me with the best powerlifting equipment in the game. After training raw for a good part of the year, getting into my squat suit and bench shirt again has been awkward, partly due to dealing with the heavier weight but I feel I am adjusting quickly and getting back into the swing of things. I really can’t wait to see what numbers I will be hitting in July.
I will try to keep everyone updated on the final five weeks of training and get some good video for you guys. Until then, continue to lift hard and smart which means adding HMB to your supplement list. You’ll be glad you did.