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Saturday, May 31

Dynamic Effort Squat

Today was an interesting day. My main exercise was safety squat bar squats with no hands. That was new. I was supposed to do 50%, so I chose WP_20140531_12_51_22_Pro285, which is about half of what my goal is for my meet in July. I did 15 sets of that. Around my third set I heard a ripping noise. I thought it was my shorts, but, when I felt the crotch, they were fine. I did my next set and heard another ripping sound. Again, I couldn’t find a problem. I heard it a third time. That’s when I checked my underwear. Sure enough, a significant hole was forming right behind the seam in the crotch after 15 sets, the hole was huge, as you can tell from the image to the right.

Squatting with no hands on the SSB is a weird feeling. I have to put the back pad right on my neck and lean forward just a little. I have to be careful not to move my upper body at all during the squat. I don’ know about other SSBs, but the handles on the one I use are short, and if I moved much I’m pretty sure the bar would fall off my shoulders. That means I have to do every rep with complete control. It’s a good exercise for me. Other than that, the only thing I have to say about it is that my belt seems to dig into me a little with my arms down. Kinda uncomfortable, but nothing big enough to worry about.

Afterward I did 300 reps of banded good mornings. Which sucked. They just never ended. They weren’t even really hard. They just kept going and going and going. I finished up with ab work.

First post

I’ve decided to start writing about my powerlifting experience. At least I think I have. Time will tell. I’ve blogged quite a bit in the past, but that was a while back, so I’m not sure that I’ll actually keep up with this. Still, I’ve been looking for a place to talk a little more extensively about my movement into competitive powerlifting, so I think this will work out.

I’ll say that while I’m working towards competing in my first meet, I’m also working to recover from an injury this past February. While benching 405 for doubles I dumped the bar on my chest. I spent four hours in the emergency room afterward. While there was no lasting damage, I was pretty beat up, and I could barely move for a month. I couldn’t lift for another month afterward, so it wasn’t until April that I was even able to start training seriously again, and by that time I had lost more than 100 lbs on each lift, about 400 lbs on my total. Though about 50% of that came back pretty quick, I’m not up to full speed yet. To help I hired a coach, Jesse Burdick. With his assistance I hope to achieve the modest goal of a 1500 raw total at the USAPL Louisiana Summer Classic on July 12, 2014.