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1439 Unassisted/Raw Total at 181


Meet Write-up

BLUF: Hit 502 in the squat, 336 in the bench and 601 in the deadlift for a total of 1439. Won best lifter. 50lbs more than my previous total. Set 2 state records in the squat, 2 state records in the bench, and 1 state record in the deadlift. Set 4 American records (deadlift for 181 open and intermediate, total for 181 open and intermediate).

Notes: Everything felt heavy today, most likely due to the weight cut. I'm very happy with my performance, but definitely done at this weight class.


Got every attempt. Might've had another 5lbs, but these were a ball buster. First time I ever hit a 500lb squat in competition, after failing it twice in my past 2 meets.

342 X

Weight loss killed me here, but this was still a 15lb PR from my previous meet, so I'll take it.

616 X

Missed the final dead. I most likely could have hit 616 as a second attempt, but I gave the 601 my all and had nothing left in me for the final attempt.

Here are some vids


455 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qoYLhvnja0

491 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrt0FrK7EgA

502 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/27423028

Notes: The 502 is on the stream site. My camera bugged out. I am THE first lifter on that stream though, so it's not a long wait.


325 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEVYJ9eZw00

336 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N00I-twfK-g

No video of the missed 342


550 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiYWgvfTOAA

601 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtE8avqCMY4

No video of the missed 616

Training program and diet paid off. Left a few pounds on the platform, but not much.

I'm so amped about this. If anyone has any questions, let me know.


Solid lifting at any weight, you'll be hitting 1500+ very soon (and then 1600, 1700...)


Bad-ass lifting. I love that you were able to hit big, milestone numbers on two of your lifts in the same meet. That's awesome.


Thanks Tim. That means a lot coming from you.


what was your training like coming up to the meet?


I was following Wendler's 5/3/1 BBB with some modifications. For squat and dead, I am training ROM progression with chain suspended squats and mat pulls with deads. I really fucked my hamstring up training in my garage in below freezing temps, so this is what I needed to do to still train heavy.

You can view my ROM progression training for deads here here


Additionally, I am doing at minimal DOUBLE the pulling volume for all upper body pulls. I was doing 10 sets of 10 for DB rows, and 10 sets of 10 for chins along with one all out set of max rep chins with rest pauses at the start of my workouts (averaging in the 40s)


Great total and awesome work hitting lifts you've missed before.


Thanks man, I appreciate it. That squat has been haunting me for years.


Nice write up and sweet lifts in nice style, thanks for the post.


Strong work. Congratulations!


Really inspiring performances! Thanks for posting your videos. I'm looking to try my first powerlifting meet some day soon. This gives me a benchmark for what I can strive to achieve. Some questions please:
-What is your usual walk-around weight?
-Why the specific weight cut to 181 lbs. for this meet?
-How tall are you?
-How much time did you get between weigh-ins and your first lift attempt?


Around meet time, I was walking around at 188-190. I was 202lbs in September and started a slow, gradual weight loss diet to get me down to that for the meet. I am now looking to build up to much higher than that.

I cut to 181 at this meet because I wanted to get the best coefficient I could, and also because I held some records at that weight class that I wanted to break even further. Also, I have a physical fitness test coming up, and being lighter for that pays off too, so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

I am 5'9.

I had about 18 hours between weigh in and my first squat.


Physical fitness test - are you in the reserves or national guard? I don't know anyone outside of Army folk who use "BLUF" when writing. Thanks for answering my questions.


I prefer not to discuss my employment on forums, sorry. There are a lot of crazy folks that take the internet too seriously.


nice total man


I am super impressed with your lifting. I am wondering what Federation you lifted in, how old you are and how long you have been training.


Thanks man.

This was a NASA meet.

I am 27 years old.

I have been "lifting" since I was 14, but spent my high school years doing the bench/curl thing, and about 2 years of college doing the same. I started actually strength training around age 19 and was juggling that and combat sports until I finally hung up my gloves at 21 and committed full time to lifting. I started powerlifting when I was 25, and did my first meet in April of 2011.


Good lifting!


Didn't think NASA had meets all the way up there. Great lifting! Nice coefficient too.


Great real world lifting, thanks for sharing,

good luck at the next meet..