Well for those of you who followed me before, I recently went to IPF Jr worlds in Poland on August 28th, 2012. After my first Canadian Nationals in April 2012 (300/200/267.5 at 93kg Jr), I went to worlds:
290kg - destroyed it
305kg - back rounded a bit but still came up fine
312.5kg - lost my balance… shoulda had it.
Planned opener was 222.5 but felt shitty. What happened was after I pulled out my suit slippers (which idiot me never bothered to do in training), the shirt rode up too far. This shortened the lever arm from seam to seam, made the shirt have way less pop, and alack I bombed for the first time ever… at my first worlds…
Deadliff - heart was not in it:
260kg - easy
272.5x - misgripped the bar
277.5x - out of position so came forward and dropped it
So overall a huge shitfest. Time to fix it!
After worlds, I came to China where I will be until Jan 30, 2013. I have been training at this small gym I found with shitty bars and plates. Gets the job done but not very well hahaha… Been able to get in only maybe 4 times a week.
Highlights thus far include:
Bench… everything has sucked because the benches are slippery, the rack has super long pins so you have to unrack really far, bench is too low to the ground, and I can’t set the bar at the right height to unrack properly. Anyways, hit plenty of 130kg x5, 140 x3, even got 155 x1 a couple times wihtout much trouble.
Squat: Hit 220kg on Saturday. Have also hit 200kg x2. Got 180kgx3 beltless. Did 230kg belt/wrap. Not bad.
Deadlift: got 200kg 3x5 from the ground last week. The thing is, is that the plates here are quite small so this was actually maybe 1-1.5in deficit. Have hit 245kg x3 from probably a 1.5in elevation. Got 220kg x3 from probably floor height about. Deadlift is going quite well actually. Might be the whippy bars.
Also been working on back a lot and trying to get in some abs also.
Also, as eating is more difficult I am down from 95kg to maybe 91kg. Definitely a bit leaner but also a bit smaller. Not to worried about it.
Goals for China:
Squat 230kg raw for my first 500+ raw squat
Bench 170kg which would be a ‘PR’ (done 160kg x3) but given the shitty setup a good sign
Deadlift 275kg - this would be a huge achievement for me but I think it is possible
Do a 20rep set of pullups - improving back strength is essential for me. Will make handling my bench shirt easier, will improve my deadlift positioning and lockout, and will improve my back tightness in the squat which is often why I fail. My legs are very strong but my weak back props me forward so I miss.
Maintain bodyweight at something like 90kg… Will likely be going to the USA next September and the USAPL uses the old weight classes so 90kg would be my desired weight. I hate cutting weight and in the future will always try to stay within 1kg of my weight. THOUGH, as the IPF uses 93kg, will probably be more like 93kg and just cut the extra weight at any local USAPL meets should I be in the USA. Long time down the road.
Anyways, hope some people will follow along and give me their input. My training is very much ‘sheiko’ or Russian style and involves lots of volume and lots of core lifts. Might be a bit boring, but I always say, ‘to be good at something, you better practise it… a lot’.