|12-02-2013, 11:18 AM||#11|
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: New Jersey
Training Type: Powerlifting
Fav Exercise: Squat
Fav Supp: Whey Protein
730/500/670 - 1900 @ 275
|12-02-2013, 01:26 PM||#12|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Training Exp: 1 day
Training Type: Powerlifting
Fav Exercise: Deadlift
Fav Supp: More deadlifts
Thanks, Steve. I didn't realize you had posted this here in the powerlifting section too. For that, thank all others who responded too.
I don't sit and think on these questions all the time. It was just a small moment of thought that I thought was interesting. A lot of it was fueled from reading the Paul Carter quote a few months ago, and then Clint Darden's recent video about sports. I love this sport. I'm really looking forward to doing a strongman comp. Should my tuition easily get paid for I'll be doing one in January. If I can't afford that $60, I plan on doing one in March. I've wrote some in my log recently about how this has become "my heroin". I look forward to going into the gym daily, and competitions, trophies, or nothing, I just enjoy lifting things.
Thanks for the responses, because I know it is about to get harder to get stronger.
|12-14-2013, 02:24 PM||#13|
Join Date: Jan 2012
I'd just like to share something of my personal experience to this.
I see many lifters be it bodybuilder or powerlifter posting about this program or that they are doing and expecting quick gains. I've been doing this a long time. Much of that time has been wasted making various mistakes. I've left lifting and returned to it a few times. I've followed bad programs combined with bad diets. I wasn't genetically gifted to begin with (not to launch into a tangent on that).
I'm going to mention the program I was just on not to advocate anything in particular but to make a point. For the past few months I have been doing a twice/week program with a heavy/light day setup. One day was 10x3 and the other was 10x10. Week in and week out I hit bench hard 2x/week using this approach. Workouts were long and hard. The 10 sets of triples were straining and the 10 sets of tens were draining (that rhymed).
I've heard both of these programs referred to as "shock" programs before. I've heard outrageous claims of 10x3 putting 30 lbs on your bench in a month and 10x10 putting on 10lbs of muscle in 6 weeks. Now I don't wish to argue over whether I was overtraining...I've built my work capacity up over months and years of training and I was recovering.
My point is I went in, I did grueling work, logged it and went home. I continued this week after week on a program some people would call crazy or others would say should turn me into Arnold if I can recover from it. I'm at a point where there won't be any 30lbs on your bench fast programming. I added 2.5 lbs a week until I stalled, reset 10lbs and repeated. I hoped for 5 lbs in 4-6 weeks and I got it. I added 10lbs or so to my bench and squat. I had no crazy expectations and I did it even when I wasn't sure I would make it.
This is the attitude you have to adopt. "Do you work and go home. Do what you do and get what you get". This should be your mantra. Your graph of progress might not be a nice looking continuous slope, in fact I can promise you it won't be. In all the time I did that program I never bragged about or even thought how "intense" or "hardcore" I was being. Those who adopt that attitude or approach are sure to fail. I was simply training and monitoring progress. If the training isn't getting results, make some changes. I assure you that the road ahead is long, hard and wrought with many perils. Do not be discouraged and always see your failures as what they are - a valuable learning experience in the iron game.
Sorry if that got rambly. Over and out!
Last edited by jaymax; 12-14-2013 at 06:48 PM.
|05-17-2015, 09:51 AM||#14|
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Quebec City (Canada)
Training Exp: Started in Jan. 2013
Training Type: Strongman
Fav Exercise: Deadlift
Fav Supp: Mac and cheese
Starting to compete is a game changer indeed! Had I not competed in strongman last year, I probably wouldn't have block pulled 515 for a double this week nor push pressed 200 lbs for reps; I'm preparing for a hard competition and this gives me the will for progression (and the will to educate myself so I don't spin my wheels).
I didn't made it to the finals in that competition, so what? I had fun and discovered an incredible camaraderie. The kind you see in WSM 1986 with the likes of Jon-Pall Sigmarsson (he was such a gentleman, hugging and encouraging everyone; he truly loved his sport and had tons of respect for every other guy - I miss him). That 600-lb deadlift is somewhere in the background, but my concern is more on "how to get this 515 off the floor?" and then "between this competition and the next, I'll have time for a short cycle that may give me an extra 10 lbs".
Last edited by dlocas; 05-17-2015 at 09:58 AM.
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