Background and Training
- 5’9″ – 202 lbs., 25 years old
- 5th USAPL Meet
- Training with Strength Strength since May 2011, and Advanced Starting Strength since June 2012
- 5RM – Squat 367.5 lb., Bench 245 lb., Deadlift 387.5 lb.
Stayed the night at a hotel in Midland, MI before the meet. Since I weighed over 198, I decided to just not worry about cutting, and went out to dinner at Logan’s and had a delicious steak and shrimp beforehand.
The week before, I dropped all of my lifts to 80%, and did not train on the Wednesday or Thursday before the meet (with my normal training schedule being T/Th/Sat).
Took 3rd place out of 6 lifters in the 220lb. Raw Open class.
All new competition PRs
- Squat (405 => 424)
- Bench (281 => 286)
- Deadlift (435 => 452)
Also, as I competed in this same meet last year, my totals from the last year and this year:
- Squat (347 => 424)
- Bench (242.5 => 286)
- Deadlift (363.75 => 452)
I wore Original Blue Rehband Knee Sleeves for training in this cycle, and they help with tightness in the knees. For a raw lifter, they can help with the soreness you can get from heavy squats, but they don’t do anything to add poundage to your lifts. I would not wear them for deadlifts, as they get in the way.
Purchased a set of Adidas Adipowers (from using Chucks before) for this training cycle, which helped my ability to hit depth for squats. As expensive as they are, I definitely recommend them in being able to perform squats well, although I would not wear them for deadlifts. The main benefit is two-fold: Gives you a very solid base to squat for that Chucks don’t provide, and give you a slight arch in your heel to make reaching for depth easier.
For selecting all of my attempts, Generally rounding down, I use
- My 5RM from training
- As small as possible competition PR
- Calculated max
I will be competing Nov. 3rd at the MI State Raw & Equipped Championships, and will deload everything and keep consistent with using Adv. SS with some changes, as it’s been working well for me in my training.
Also, I want to thank both Dave for competing at his first meet, and Liz for coming to support the two of us!