4 hours ago
Did some shoulders and arms tonight, hit a new PR on the log clean and press, 190 lbs for 1 set of 2 reps and a bunch of singles after, form is starting to feel good now, 200 on the log should be right around the corner and then after that the road to 300 starts! #gains #gainscity #gaintrain #gym #gymlife #makethegymgreatagain #makepowerliftinggreatagain #strongman #logcleanandpress #doyouevenlift #idontevenlift
4 hours ago
A CONGRATULATIONS...is in order for @_samhein. Sam’s best bench to date was 185 pounds. The video clips show 195 and 200 pounds from tonight. I’ve been working with Sam for about 4 months now. Despite a job that requires a high level of travel, and after driving 9 hours...Sam ground out her short term goal of benching 200 pounds for the first time. I really do jump at the chance to work with those I care about in a face to face setting. I traveled to Chicago to do just that last weekend. Sam let me know she was visiting close to where I live, so I was excited to be able to work with her in person for a few days this week. Sam gets things done, often on the road, and often in a less than optimal training environment. From here, we’ll continue to address weak points including a minor imbalance in strength in her right versus her left side. And set our sights on a 200+ pound meet bench. I’m proud of you, Sam!!!
14 hours ago
So my last #deadlift session was an eye opener. First video shows 240kg for 3 and I was fucked off royally. I then had back offs and went down to 200kg and decided to go full Sumo rather than semi. I hit 3x3 at this and it felt so much better, so then I decided to do go back up and do another 3 reps at 240kg but with this stance and I was much happier. . . I will be working more on this after this qualifier and certainly look to re introduce paused and deficit deads to ensure I dont have such an identity crises again. . . #Powerlifting #strength #forgepowerlifting #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #sumo #makepowerliftinggreatagain #gym #instafit #bodybuilding #learning #coaching #competition #personaltrainer
1 day ago
PULLING THE BAR DOWN...after working with @jennarhoffman in person last weekend and reflecting on that, we came to the conclusion that she needed work on three main things regarding her squat. Pulling her air down, moving her grip out a bit, and to pull the bar down on her back. These are common principles that many lifters glance over, or do incorrectly. I’m not going to say breathing and bracing speaks for itself because there’s been tons of exploration in that. Jenna was pulling a lot of air in and bracing, but the air wasn’t forced down. It was in her chest cavity and she was shrugging when taking air in. The other two concepts are related. The hands being too close makes it difficult to pull the bar down with the lats. In turn, you get a tight scapular area, but not so much in the lats. The lats are key. Do a lat pulldown with a just outside shoulder width grip, and you’ll feel it in the scapular area. Do a pulldown with a wider grip, and you’ll feel it more in the lats. This isn’t rocket science, and it’s not new information. If you’re experiencing the lost positioning of your hips rising out of the bottom of the squat prematurely, these concepts will likely help you. I set out to figure out a warm up drill that would help reinforce the concept of pulling the bar down for Jenna, and this is what I came up with. You can see how I set things up in the video. The idea is to use the PVC pipe to literally bend the “bar” over your back and resist the bands from unlocking your lats when squatting. I first tried putting the bands on the PVC pipe, but putting them on my arms made things click in a clearer way. Pulling down with the hands is good, but it’s not as important as pulling down with the elbows. Jenna also experiences flare ups of tendinitis after straight bar squatting. Pulling down more with the elbows will hopefully cut down on that. The straight bar will fuck your upper body joints up, @thompsonbowtie said it first. Unfortunately it’s what we use in a meet setting. Squatting with more efficient positioning can help with the wear on your upper body and help you squat more. If you struggle with this, maybe this clip will help you.
2 days ago
THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO LEARN...it’s cliché, but true. The second you feel you have everything figured out is the second you shoot yourself in the foot when it comes to powerlifting. I went through a period of time where I thought I did have it all figured out. I’d shrug off the advice of someone more experienced than myself because I felt I knew exactly what worked for me. And I did, until it stopped working. It will always stop working. Your body will adapt to the stimuli you place upon it. I’m not sure what, exactly, changed, but I’m not sure it matters. I’ve been involved with powerlifting for quite awhile, and I pick up new ideas and approaches from others on almost a daily basis. This shift in mindset helped me more than nearly anything else. Ask yourself if you’re being dogmatic in your training style, in your philosophy, or in the way you approach training. Every tip you receive from someone who you trust is a variable you can test that will benefit you in some way. If it doesn’t, you know that approach doesn’t work well for you (at that time, at least). If it does, you improve. Think about what you knew just a few years ago, and (hopefully) how you’ve altered your approach. There’s probably some core concepts that you stuck with, and some things you’ve played with. Think about how that will change 10 years from now. Those more experienced have more trials under their belt than you do, and can teach you a thing or two. I encourage you to keep an open mind and be cerebral with your approach to the sport of powerlifting. You can never learn too much! Photo credit @yessie_mart
2 days ago
HYUGEEEE volume and weight PR on trap bar deadlifts, 515 lbs for a top set of 5 reps! #gains #gainscity #legday #dontskiplegdaybro #brosdontletbrosskiplegday #deadlifts #trapbardeadlift #repsforjesus #makethegymgreatagain #makepowerliftinggreatagain #strongman #powerlifter #powerlifting #strengthisneveraweakness #stayhungry #proudbutneversatisfied
2 days ago
Locking up 2 second place finishes on the biggest stage in multiply powerlifting. @mr__dfave and @davekirschen had themselves a fucking day. Proud of both these guys and it’s been a blessing to have them as my training partners to learn, grow, and get better as a lifter. Congratulations fellas!!! @hellbent_barbell @worldpowerorg #HellbentBarbell #Powerlifting #Multiplytillidie #MakePowerliftingGreatAgain #FuckYourGym
2 days ago
The freaking WPO where do I even begin!?!? This was the best experience ever, not only being surrounded by the strongest in the world at the superbowl of powerlifting, but to actually be invited and have the opportunity to share the platform with them was unbelievable! When I was not lifting all I wanted to do was watch the other competitors, they were so strong! First, every single person at this meet was beyond nice, supportive, helpful, etc. Ive never been to a meet where every single person was this awesome! I was cheered on by complete strangers who didnt have a clue who I was. So many people who didnt know me helped in the warm up room. Everyone was amazing! To be invited to this meet and come out with a total would have been great. But on a stage like this, I was able to pr in every lift with a 48lb pr total which was even better! This was the first time Ive ever had a coach, Todd Brock prepared me for this and I csnt thank him enough for his patience and dedication with me! I have so much more to say about this meet u I could go on and on! So heres my lifts in order of the videos Squat 500 530 5lb pr 551 26lb pr Bench 231 miss butt came up 231 248 8lb pr Deadlift 385 405 422 7lb pr Total 1223 (kilos so there were decimals in there somewhere) 48lb pr total #makepowerliftinggreatagain #multiplypowerlifting #inzeradvancedesigns #inzer #wpo @apollongym