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!
1 day ago
POWERLIFTING DOESN’T NEED YOU...it doesn’t need me. It doesn’t need anyone. Powerlifting breathes on it’s own. Numbers go up, popularity and talent level increases, and businesses are able to cash in on the contemporary powerlifter. I discuss and bitch about aspects of this often. I urge you to take action. But more than anything, I urge you to see through the facade that you see on the device that you hold. While this platform allows us to see directly into great minds within the sport, it seems it’s crammed full of more noise every day. Things are often not as they seem. With enough dollars, enough popularity, and enough promotion, one can attain what they desire. Do you want a 300 pound total PR in a year? There’s probably enough food and drugs that can make that a reality for you. Do you want to be popular? It’s up for sale. What can’t you buy, no matter how hard you try? Mileage and experience. And the most valuable things, in my opinion, still can’t be purchased. There’s not one of us that the sport can’t do without. Powerlifting has taken from me, as will anything I invest my time into. Yet still, I am a pawn in the sport of powerlifting. I’m addicted to the sport, but powerlifting doesn’t need me. I need powerlifting. I think lining out obstacles and sacrifices that I’ve made up to this point is bullshit. I chose to make those. The noise is what I encourage you to see through. I wish to spread what powerlifting is to me: betterment of self. The ads, the shout outs, the discount codes, and the imagery comes second to your self improvement. Please don’t fall into the pit of, “I need to be this strong right now,” or, “I need to be relevant,” it’s all just noise. Before this platform, powerlifting was about loving the sport. You paid your own way. Expenses were higher than returns, because there were no extrinsic or monetary returns. Only intrinsic. Don’t be fooled into thinking powerlifting needs you, because it doesn’t. You need powerlifting, because it is your way to improve yourself and give your energy to something meaningful.
YOU PLAY WITH THE HAND YOU’RE DEALT...this picture is from earlier, after doing a work set of floor press. It brought a lesson to mind that I learned from my mentor. Floor press is usually a safe bet for me. It usually doesn’t hurt, and is a good strength builder. It hurt today. My train of thought went to the fact that slept like shit last night. And then Brent Tracey’s spirit creeps in right after it. “It don’t fuckin matter, now.” On meet day, and really, during your training sessions, you play with the hand that you’re dealt (or even that you deal yourself, for the most part). Once you get to the gym and warm up or walk into a meet, you’ve got what you’ve got to play with. There’s no changing that. If you missed a meal, it’s too late now. If you didn’t sleep well, it doesn’t matter now. I’m not telling you to push through unnecessary pain and fuck your body up for a training PR. The responsibility still lies on you to back it down if that’s what needs to be done. But telling yourself, “well I missed meal 4...” is nothing but an excuse and won’t change a thing for you. You may feel it aids you to find reasons and assemble a rationale for why something hurts, or why you’re not doing as you’d hoped. You might like the justification or validation. But if you do it once, you do it twice. And then you’ve got an excuse for everything, and you can’t face reality. Taking responsibility for what goes on in your training and in your life is something few have the valor to do. When you put a bar in your hands, what led up to that point doesn’t matter. The variables are all lined up at that point. Whether they’re your fault or just life’s fault is irrelevant. They’re your variables and your circumstances. Own them. Doing the best that you can with what you’ve got is all you can do.
RILEY FRIDAY....Currently, Lones and I are working on improving my squat and finding a more efficient technique that works best for me. Tempo squats are going to be a large part of that in this off season. Tempo work can help one reinforce better mechanics by forcing tightness in all parts of the movement, from beginning to end. It also has it’s place identifying weaknesses. For me, I’m not as fluid transitioning from eccentric to concentric. I lose some of my back positioning within that transition, and my upper body becomes almost perpendicular with the floor. I lose my tightness. Pausing in the hole forces me to stop anticipating the concentric before it happens, and strengthens my positioning where I need it. Another variation we are going to utilize with tempo training is squatting with a cambered bar using a 4:2:0 tempo to really increase stability and tightness coming out of the hole. The cambered bar will really throw you around if you have weaknesses in creating a braced and stacked body. If you want to really hone in your technique on a movement and also probably get a super insane pump, I 10/10 recommend tempo exercises.
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Check out Stefanie, @burgerhole69 with a 255 bench press paused on pins! This is 5 pounds over her best meet bench. Stefanie has two bench days per week, and an additional upper body day focused around upper back work. If she can keep her tightness with a weight, she can press it. Shes using pin work here to reinforce maintaining her tightness. If you aren’t tight enough off the pins, it either won’t move, or will move like shit. They can be a tool to use in your arsenal if you struggle with this, as many do. Stef is constantly keeping an eye on technique and her tightness levels. She’s highly critical of herself, as we all should be. Stef is training for the @ironmafia_4brosgym RPS Battle of the Bluegrass meet on May 11th in Kentucky. I hope to see some of you guys there if you plan on competing or attending!