Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Post Competition

I got 4th in my weight class. Due to the low amount of teens signed up I was put into the middle weight weight-class which did not really bother me. I did great in the yoke walk and farmer's carry. They felt both light and easy. I had to do a 475lb yoke and a 225lb/hand farmer's. I lagged in the axle press. My 3rd and final attempt for my max was 200. It would have been a PR, my best being 190lb. For atlas stone I had to do a 225;b stone for max reps in 60 seconds over a 53 inch bar. I had never done a stone that heavy so I was very excited when I got three reps. My friend and training partner, Zach, beat me. It is friendly competition. Overall it was an exciting and fun competition and it really showed my progress over the bast year.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Competition Preperation

My first strongman competition of this year is this Saturday, the 30th. My peaking phase of my training started 3 weeks ago. My peak consisted of low rep sets that is no lower than 75% of my max. The training felt good and me hitting those high numbers has helped my confidence. When I am not training conventionally, like squats, dead lifts, or bench, I am training strongman. So I have been hitting a lot of axle press, yoke holds, yoke walks, and atlas stones. I can tell a difference in my strength from working with John Calhoun at Calhoun Performance Center.  This week is my deload phase so my body is fully rested. I am doing 5x5 on the big lifts at 50% of my max. I am also eating more than I need so I know I am recovering. i have also been sleeping 9-10 hours a night and drinking a lot of water. I am ready for Saturday.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

DOMS, with many lifters, is a love-hate relationship. The sore muscles that inhibit basic everyday activities can be really annoying, but in your mind you know it was an effective workout. I have been on a journey on ways to alleviate the pain and quicken recovery. I have found that the day after when you are really sore, do very light weight on the muscles worked. So for legs, body weight squats help get blood flowing to the legs to speed up the process. Also a calorie and protein surplus will help the body recover the quickest. Then you can foam roll. While this is the most painful, it really works. I actually did this to my legs this morning and hopefully I will be fresh for tonight's workout. Foam rolling sucks but is very effective.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Where To Look?

Nowadays there is so much information on the internet about lifting, nutrition, how to lift, what's the best protein powder, it can be overwhelming. The best place to find true solid information is an actual person that is educated in exercise and nutrition, but not everyone has this luxury. The next best thing is YouTube. Many professionals have accounts on YouTube and publish very detailed content that is extremely helpful. Athletes like Brian Shaw, Mark Bell, and Chad Wesley Smith, who are some of the industries finest, all have YouTube channels that post videos and live seminars pertaining to lifting and nutrition. Also talking to a dietitian or strength coach would be a solid information source. This day in age it is almost impossible to remain uninformed on the basics. So if you are a beginner, the best thing to do is research online and ask questions. Veteran lifters are usually more than willing to share tips and give advice. The internet is free and there is tons of good content on it.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

One Won't Hurt

I hear this all the time, "One won't hurt." Whether I am eating out with friends or with my family, I feel pressure to eat or drink something I do not want to. For instance I was with my friends this week and one of them had McDonald's and was full and wanted to get rid of the fries. She asked me if I wanted any and I said no thank you. She then teased me about how I only eat chicken and rice. While one cheat meal most likely would not affect me, I hate eating it. Fast food makes me feel like crap because it is literally poison. Also if I were to indulge in less than healthy food, it would set a precedent in my mind that one won't hurt and soon it would turn into more than one. So maybe one wouldn't do any damage, but I do not want to take the chance. In order to be the best, you have to act like the best.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Not Everyone Will Understand You

As you begin your training, there will be people in your life that do no understand your journey. People do not understand why you would give up your time and put effort into something like fitness or lifting. And with less free time or none at all, they will get upset with you because there is less time for them in your life. But this your dream and your cause so you cannot let others dictate it. There is the saying the family comes first and that is true, but after that, priorities are priorities. So when your friends wonder why you never stay out super late and how you do not eat certain food, they will question you and you have to be ready for that. I do not understand why people do the things they do. Why do people eat Wendy's? And drink pop like it is going out of style? I try to treat my body the best I can but I do not question those who do not. Bottom line, people will not understand your change in mentality unless they are experiencing it too.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Curbing Injury

When it comes to strongman, football, or any athletics, the worst thing that can happen is an injury. It is the most dreaded thing in sports. It hinders you useless and prevents you from getting better. In strongman, injuries seem to come more often than they go making it difficult to succeed. I have found that proper rest, diet, and recovery make aches and pains disappear. But if it seems to be more serious than that the best thing is to address it before it becomes career-ending. For example I was training this weekend and when my training partner Zach heard a loud and painful pop come from his knee, he stopped what he was doing and stretched it. This was smart of him due to the multiple surgeries he has had on his knees. I luckily have never had any serious injuries and I think that is due to my warm up. Before I lift any type of weight I take a proper warm up. I start with calestendics followed with a light amount of weight for whatever lift I want to perform. For some reason people know a days do not take warming up seriously and give me a hard time for doing so. But that doesn't bother me cause I know I am preventing pain and injury.