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Although 2010 is only half over; I have had a demanding competition schedule this year with my biggest Competition yet to come. I competed in the GNC Pro Performance Arnold Classic IPF Deadlift Championships in March, the USAPL Masters Nationals in May and the USAPL Open Nationals in June. This has required me to train very hard on a continued basis in 2010. The great strength and recovery gains that I have acquired by supplementing my diet with GNC Pro Performance HMB have allowed me to train harder than ever. Taking more time off in my 40's has gone out the window. I am training harder and heavier than I ever have in my nearly 30 years of strength training.... a schedule that needs a break. Heavy training on a continued basis can be very demanding both physically and psychologically. After completing my quest to qualify for the 2010 IPF World Championships I decided I needed a break. I set aside my traditional heavy training and moved into more of a relaxing Transitional Training Phase. Fancy words "Transitional Training Phase" coming from the school of periodization. What has my Transitional Training Phase entailed? To be honest, more time spent with the family having fun, and less pressure to perform progressively heavier 5x5 squats, heavy bench presses, and heavy pulls. I have spent my time in July swimming, biking and relaxing with my family along with training some of my weak areas that have been neglected. The extra aerobic exercise has been good for me and has allowed my body to recover. As an added bonus the extra time with my family is priceless. A perfect break for me and now I feel hungry to begin a Heavy Training Phase in August.
I attended the National NSCA Conference with GNC in Orlando a couple weeks ago. The NSCA is a great organization and a lot of knowledge can be absorbed by networking and talking with the top coaches and trainers in the strength coaching field. Continued learning is the key to continued gains.
There will be 3 of us at our small private club we call "Jackals Gym" training for the 2010 IPF World Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa. This fall will be equally exciting and intense around the gym. We are starting to put our training schedules down on paper and are all getting anxious to begin our Heavy Training Phase in August.
Train hard, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list!