Well, here we are.
2015 is about to end and the New Year’s resolutions will start sounding off.
The best way to resolve to do anything is to take aggressive action NOW. The most successful people out there don’t have more time than you or even more opportunity than you do, they simply take more action.
For example, I got tired of not moving the weights I wanted so I attacked the powerlifts with extra volume, extra dedication and extra intensity.
I challenged myself on the spot and squatted 5-6 days a week for 5 or 6 weeks and finally squatted over 400 lbs which I hadn’t done since my ACL surgery when I was 26 years young (now 39).
I missed 500 + lb deadlift a few times this year (beltless) and I experimented with using a belt and different training protocols.
Watch the Video to see my 505 lb deadlift and my thoughts on training with what I’ve learned this year…..
Training harder and pushing the envelope was also a great way to identify weak areas.
My abs are going to need a lot more work. I have begun using a weight belt again which I haven’t done in some 10-12 years or so.
I feel the abs pushing hard against the belt and I used to NOT want to wear a belt at all. I felt like I was cheating with the weight belt. But, at my age, there is no need or time to push the envelope every single opportunity I can. It’s a bit of a safety precaution and I do feel the added stability with the belt so I’ll continue wearing the belt when maxing out.
I’ll be doing more deep breathing, more mobility and more ab work as I just mentioned.
A few years ago I pulled 525 without a belt where in my training I don’t recall going much heavier than 405, focusing on speed and technique. From a safety stand point, I am working harder on squatting the weight up, remaining more vertical, as shown in this Video with Kirk Karwoski.
When maxing out, I don’t expect the deadlift to look picture perfect, BUT, I expect it to be better, so I am always working on improving form and technique.
After the new year I will return to a more balanced program where I am not squatting 5 – 6 x week and working much harder on mobility.
Wishing ALL of you the best holiday and new year EVER!
QOD / Question of the Day: What BIG training / life lessons did you learn this past year?
Leave your comments below, I am psyched to read them!
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