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On October 23rd I was extremely humbled by accepting an invitation to compete in the GNC IPF Pro Deadlift at the 2010 Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival (ASF). This has been nearly a year long quest that started in December of 2008 when IPF World Champion Brad Gillingham convinced me to kind of switch from strongman to powerlifting in an effort to qualify for the ASF.
Beginning in December of 2008 I started training for the USAPL Deadlift National Championships. This meet was a qualifier for the ASF and was held in Miami, FL on July 12th. The road to the qualifier was marked with a ton of learning experiences, as I had never trained for a powerlifting contest before. I had a lot of help along the way from people like Brad Gillingham, Chris Doyle, Shawn Baier, and Pat McGettigan. There is no way I could have accomplished anything without these great friends. The person I have to thank most for this journey is my Savior Jesus Christ – He has transformed me incredibly throughout the journey. Most notably, He has taught me that God has given me the great opportunities to compete in strength athletics as a platform to do His will.
Training has been going great for the ASF. Below you will find links to my current training plan, diet plan, and here is the link to a You Tube site where you can view videos chronicling the journey to the ASF 2010. Detailed plans of new training cycle will be posted soon. Videos and training updates will also be updated regularly. A big thank you goes out to Optimum Nutrition and HMB for all of their support. It should be a fun journey to March 6th!