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Tough Competition Schedule Ahead

Blog Article ImageApril is here and the very hectic part of my 2011 competition schedule is shifting into high gear.  Initially, I had planned to take it easy in 2011, and cut back on my competition schedule.  I had a very tough competition schedule in 2010 and I thought that taking a little break may be good for me both mentally and physically, but to the contrary, 2011 may turn out to be one of my busiest years I have seen in the sport.  Thankfully GNC Pro Performance HMB continues to give me great strength and recovery gains!

The GNC Pro Performance Arnold Deadlift Competition kicked off 2011, up next on the schedule I will be joining Team HMB members John Conner, and Bryan Dermody on April 23 to compete in the GNC Pro Performance Deadlift Competition.  The event will be contested as a part of the NPC Empire Classic in Spokane, Washington.  The Empire Classic is the inaugural Pro Event that the USAPL has in place to compliment the Arnold Classic Events. Just 7 weeks after the Empire Classic I will be competing in the USAPL Men’s Nationals, which will be followed 6 weeks later with an invite to compete in the Australian Nationals.  If the USAPL Nationals goes well I am hopeful to compete in the IPF Men’s World Championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic in November.

It is tough for even a well seasoned competitor to figure out how to train for multiple events in a short period of time.  I like to have about 12-16 weeks to prepare for a meet.  With the USAPL Nationals being held in early June I could only set my training cycle up for 12 weeks, and in between I have the Empire Classic.  It is not possible, time wise, to put together a peaking cycle for all of these events. I have gone with a plan to try to peak for the Nationals, use the Empire Classic as a heavy training day, and try to put together enough quality training after the Nationals to hang onto my strength for the Australian Nationals.  I have learned over the past 30 years that it is important to put together a well thought out quality training cycle, but sometimes it is necessary to adapt to fit into your real life schedule. This may be true for a strength athlete that has a demanding competition schedule or a weight training athlete that has an ever changing family and work commitment. 

I have an interesting story to add.  I hope this will reinforce to anyone training with weights that no matter what level you are at in your strength training it is never easy, and we all can find our training to be challenging at times.  I took a planned break from my normal 5x5 squat workouts after the 2010 IPF World Championships and trained the squat in high-bar style for 2 sets of 8 this winter.  Going back to low bar 5x5 sets and reps has come with some adjustment; I forgot how to squat this way. It is amazing to me that I have trained squats for 30 years, and after 3 months of performing the exercise in a slightly different manner; I had to spend nearly a month to learn how to squat again.  
Train hard, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list!
Brad Gillingham

Posted on April 5, 2011


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