Posts tagged as #callousedhandspowerlifting on Instagram
4 hours ago
HOW TO USE CHAINS...first off, my videography skill set is about equal to that of my brevity skill set. However, I’ve centered the video where you can see what you need to see and hear what you need to hear. I’ve promised several lifters that I’d make a quick video on this, so here it is. To clarify, it doesn’t really matter what size your leader chain is. As long as it’s strong enough to hold whatever weight of chain you’re using, you’re good. You don’t need to factor the weight of the leader chain or even the chains themselves. If you hit 315 and 2 chains per side, think of it as just that. You CANNOT find 5/8ths inch chain at Home Depot. There’s a lot you can use from Home Depot that can help you with powerlifting training, and they do have chain that will work as your leader. But not thick enough to be used as accommodating resistance. I recommend you research the “why” when it comes to this tool before you blindly throw chains on the bar. I’ll take a video regarding setting up bands in the near future, as that probably gets done incorrectly even more often than chains. I hope this helps some of you guys!
SSB squats from yesterday. Never hit more than 225 on this shit bar but managed to hit 245 for 2 triples following 2x3 with 225/205/195/185 (245/225/185 shown) then some speed pulls with 265.
Definitely the best workout I’ve had in a long time. Still shaking off this virus but finally feel like I’m getting my ability to strain back. Haven’t felt this strong in a long time! Does anyone else get the urge to box when listening to rocky??
14 hours ago
Had to get my mind and body right. Second day in wraps and weight was moving.
6 sets of doubles from 405 to 445
5 sets of doubles from 455 to 505 in wraps (60 pound Pr in 4 days...wasn’t happy with depth on my second one at 505 so didn’t go up)
10 singles at 315 plus 60 in chain
Last nights 10x2 “speed” squats at 310lbs. Trying new things and tweaking old stuff within my squat is a little bit frustrating, but the challenge is incredibly humbling and motivating. We over here trying to finesse my squat like a “French cheese, a warm summer breeze and a musky yet toasty red wine. Sophisticated, not bud light with lime.” - @callousedhandspower on what it means to finesse it. #weouthere
RILEY FRIDAY...Emotions play a role in lifting maximal weights. The question is... do we stay calm, or do we get psyched up before attempting the lift? Do you display things externally? Of channel them internally? The answer is truly dependent upon the type of lifter, but I will always choose to stay calm and consistent. Here’s why. Personally, I feel like external display drains my energy. We do our best to make our lifts as efficient as possible and the least wasteful of energy in all ways, but some are so quick to scream and ram their foreheads into the bar without questioning why. By the time they start the movement, they’re gassed. I believe there is a huge difference between getting psyched up, and channeling that aggression for the lift itself. I might go to some deep, dark places before a heavy lift, but I channel that into focus over misplaced anger at a time when it doesn’t count. Think about when you’re truly angry and aggressive. Are your thoughts clear? Not usually. I want to be as focused and as locked in as possible under a max weight, so I can remember every cue necessary for me to perform the lift. I don’t want to be fuzzy brained. Everyone is different though, so if hitting the ammonia and growling is your thing, by all means, just be consistent with it. If you’re a calm lifter 9 times out of 10 and I see you getting hyped up and yelling before a lift, I know you’ve already lost. You psyched yourself up too much and questioned if you were going to be able to hit that weight. Whatever you do pre-lift, do it consistently and don’t feel obligated to be a psycho walking up to the barbell because you saw it on the internet once. Be your own lifter, because that’s all you need.
2 days ago
Pulled 245 for a solid single tonight. I wanted more, but form is crucial. And as I told @rileypresnell - I'd rather fail with good form than fuck myself up pulling something poorly.
The last time I pulled heavy singles, I worked up to a very, very ugly 265. I dropped it at the end for reference. That was around 6 months ago, and I couldn't pull heavy for a solid month afterwards. This is the most weight I've pulled from the floor since that hideous lift.
Wasn't in the tank tonight to top that, no excuses and no bullshit. But I know I've gotten stronger and I know I'm on the verge of busting through that ceiling. Just need to build confidence to win the mental part of the game.
2 days ago
Here’s a little video dump of some upper back and lat work. I’m a firm believer that your back can never be strong enough and it’s something that I always strive to throw in on squat, bench, and deadlift days as each of those movements require a strong back. Big back = big bench.. yes, but also big squat and deadlift. There’s face pulls, lat pulldowns, meadow rows, single arm dumbbell rows, pull-ups, a chest supported row, and a cable pull down. Don’t neglect your back work people! @callousedhandspower
STATIC BACK WORK...here are a few examples from this past week’s training of static holds on some predominately back based movements. Yes, training your back to grow bigger and stronger will help out all 3 of your main lifts. However, what many lifters struggle with is being able to keep things locked in back there to hold positions under load. A bench press missed just off the chest can be an issue with this. A squat that appears to be going well, then crumbles half way up can be an issue with this. I’m sure you’ve seen both of these at any given meet you’ve attended. Holding the right positions can be hard. I feel training your body to hold them for longer periods than 1-2 seconds on accessory can help you and carry over well to main lifts. These kind of speak for themselves. I do 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps with heavier weights on exercises like these, and hold the last rep for several seconds. Then I cut the weight down, and do a static hold on probably 60% of the back work I do. The first exercise looks like a bench press, the second one emulates what you need to do with your lats on the squat, and the third video is simple holds with different grips on pulldowns. Take my advice, or don’t. It’s yours to do what you please with.
This is a lonely fucking road man. People don’t know how to pay dues anymore. They don’t know how to pick something and stick with it. People go through people nowadays as fast as they go through clothes. Understand that these people do not last as you continue down your road. Learn how to be with yourself. Know who you are so that when it comes time to stand for something there is no hesitation.
3 days ago
Say hello to @taylorjudah, the winner of the contest for 4 months of coaching. Taylor has come off a long string of competitions with bests of 260, 143, and 340 pounds. Taylor has chosen to use me for offseason work, which I’m excited for. I think that is the most important time to have a coach. We’ll be starting up together next week. To those of you that entered, thank you. I’m really appreciative that so many people cared to enter. Although I can’t help all of you because I only have so much time (I send about 900 text messages per day, currently), you can message me with any questions or videos you might have. I will get to them. I want to help you if I can. I will continue to open spots when I can, and will run one of these contests every 12 weeks.
I don’t much talk about my other job but I bartend at an Irish pub in my part time so that I can give back to the gym and live a real life. This weekend from Friday to Sunday we worked 50 hours walked an average of 8 miles a day, and poured on average a drink per minute for that entire time. Shit wears on you. Got in here and did some @callousedhandspower work anyway.
6 sets of doubles from 365 to 430
5 sets of doubles last for a single at 445 in wraps (super disappointed sorry @callousedhandspower depth was good but just couldn’t figure em out....but I am not giving up)
10 singles at 315 plus 60 in chain
COACHING GIVEAWAY...as a celebration of the completion of my last giveaway, here’s another. I’d like to keep coaching one lifter free of charge at all times. If you decide to join me after ( @man_in_tights88 did), that’s totally fine. If you don’t, that’s fine too. But I want to keep this going. I’m honestly not as concerned with building the following of this page as I am with putting out content that I think is valuable. Yet still, the easiest way for me to do this is have you tag a couple friends. TO ENTER: tag two friends in the comments section. If you repost it, I’ll add another entry. Just use #havecallousedhands in it, so I can see it. Winner will be picked at random tomorrow. If you’ve picked a meet and want me to coach you to it, offseason type work, whatever. We can start as early as next week. Thank you!