4 WEEKS OUT FROM TEAM REKT ON THE PLATFORM
We are closing in on the final 4 weeks to prepare for the APF Maine State Powerlifting Championships which leaves 3 training weeks left to go. To be honest, preparing for this meet has been difficult. Between full time work, part time school and Saisei Sports my life is always insanely busy, which means a lot of late evening training sessions. Back in August of last year I missed a 360 lb. final attempt bench press in a push pull event when my shoulder gave out. So I have been recovering from from a subluxed shoulder while still trying to produce a decent number on the bench press and my back has been destroyed these last six weeks making squatting and deadlifting a real challenge. Often times I've had to wait an extra day or two to train heavier lifts. I am thankful to have found a great ART chiropractor here in Portland, ME. I got adjusted earlier this week and I'm feeling limber and nearly pain free.
Despite the physical pain and busy schedule , the training itself has been going well. My deadlift is stronger than ever, my squat is nearly as strong as it was before I broke my back. Even my bench press has soared back up to 90 percent of my previous best. That's not bad considering I couldn't bench at all for 8 weeks and couldn't go over 225 lbs. until January. I will post my biggest total ever and even if I don't hit my goals for the year (500 lb. squat/deadlift, 1300 lb. total) I have made great progress with plenty of time left to achieve them.
Throughout this training cycle I have had to utilize some important principles I've learned over the last 20 plus years of training. 1. learn to train around injuries, which can be as simple as using less weight or switching exercises for a week or two. 2. When training for absolute maximum strength or power, often times less is more. For example: I'm stronger than ever now training for maximum strength even though my training time is little more than half of what my hypertrophy style training takes. I spend 6-7 hours in the gym over 4 days per week for powerlifting cycles, 10-12 hours spread out over 5-6 days for bodybuilding cycles. 3. When it comes to strength be patient, the path to your next PR is usually not linear. You're going to have some lackluster days in the gym here and there and sometimes your weakest lifts will come days before a big PR.
I'm no expert but I can speak on my own experiences over the last 20 years. The truth is no matter how careful and calculated your rehab, injury prevention, warm ups, superstitious plate loading, voodoo safety rituals and training may be; sometimes achieving your highest potential levels of strength, power or physical prowess is going to be painful. Sometimes it's going to hurt. Sometimes you have to choose between what's healthiest and taking your game to the next level because, when you truly push your limits these two things are seldom synonymous. If you want to have longevity in strength you'll need tenacity and courage push through when it's needed but equally as important is the patience and wisdom to back off when necessary. Without the former you'll never know how far you can go, be able to bounce back from an injury or break the mental barriers that will confront you. Without the latter you may over train yourself into a seemingly infinite plateau or worse, you're injured all the time. So, always listen to your doctor. Most of the time listen to your body. But sometimes you have too look inward and listen to your soul where limits become goals, that you wear down steadily, before you fucking smash them.
Here's some training footage from the last 6 weeks!