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Old 12-05-2013, 03:44 PM   #1151
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Hey BBOD,
I know when you first recommended a workout to me you had said give it three months and see how it goes. Its been over three months now and I think it's going great. I'm tipping the scales at just over 240 now and all my lifts have gone up. I even started growing out my beard for my journey into powerlifting.

My squats are much better - I've managed to stop my back from rounding. Still need to continue to work on my flexibility because I'm just a hair away from parallel right now. I'm still doing low rack pulls in place of deads since my back injury. But I'm thinking that I'll switch to lifting from the floor tomorrow. I'll start light and feel it out for a bit, really nail down my form and then start bumping the weight up again. In any event I'll take some vids tomorrow for form critique.

Anyway - on to my question:
I saw your video a while back (So you wanna be a powerlifter part 1) and you said to just sign up for a competition. So I took a look at powerlifting watch and found there is a push/pull coming up at the end of January in my area. I have huge respect for you and everything you do so I'd like your opinion here. Should I enter knowing that my dead-lift might not be at its best by then? Also I know there is a certain method for ramping up your lifts for meet prep - do I have enough time to prepare?
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Not sure if you've seen the videos. But what is your take onelliot hulses corrective deadlifting technique?
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hello everyone!
I started training olympic lifting a few months ago, and need help with a strength program. currently I do an upper lower split 4 days a week. But since I need to improve my front squat I started running Smolov Jr.

do you think I should continue doing upper body 2 times a week? I train Olympic lifting 2-3x a week. Or will it be too much?
Or what would you do?

btw, I am 40years old and have been training on and of my whole life

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Hey BBOD,
I know when you first recommended a workout to me you had said give it three months and see how it goes. Its been over three months now and I think it's going great. I'm tipping the scales at just over 240 now and all my lifts have gone up. I even started growing out my beard for my journey into powerlifting.
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My squats are much better - I've managed to stop my back from rounding. Still need to continue to work on my flexibility because I'm just a hair away from parallel right now. I'm still doing low rack pulls in place of deads since my back injury. But I'm thinking that I'll switch to lifting from the floor tomorrow. I'll start light and feel it out for a bit, really nail down my form and then start bumping the weight up again. In any event I'll take some vids tomorrow for form critique.
My advice is to not go above 90% on floor deadlifts. Not needed in my opinion. Keep your heaviest work to about 85% tops until you are certain that back is good, then limit your ceiling to 90%.

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I saw your video a while back (So you wanna be a powerlifter part 1) and you said to just sign up for a competition. So I took a look at powerlifting watch and found there is a push/pull coming up at the end of January in my area. I have huge respect for you and everything you do so I'd like your opinion here. Should I enter knowing that my dead-lift might not be at its best by then? Also I know there is a certain method for ramping up your lifts for meet prep - do I have enough time to prepare?
Yes. Don't worry about performance. Go see if you like it and have fun.

I wouldn't change your training at all for this first meet. I would cut your assistance work in half the last 3 weeks.
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Not sure if you've seen the videos. But what is your take onelliot hulses corrective deadlifting technique?
I don't watch other channels, sorry. If you could give me his advice I would comment.

Likely we are teaching similar thing,s perhaps with different ways of saying it.

But I warm up with Hulse's max

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hello everyone!
I started training olympic lifting a few months ago, and need help with a strength program. currently I do an upper lower split 4 days a week. But since I need to improve my front squat I started running Smolov Jr.

do you think I should continue doing upper body 2 times a week? I train Olympic lifting 2-3x a week. Or will it be too much?
Or what would you do?

btw, I am 40years old and have been training on and of my whole life

Thanks,
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If you are doing a specialization program like Smolov I would drop upper body work to once a week, or moderate volume twice a week.

Once Smolov is done I would ramp the upper body work back up some.
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Another question for ya, BTB. The pull-up challenge in the challenge thread got me thinking.

I have NEVER been able to do a pull-up. Even when I was 200lbs lighter in the Marine Corps. Luckily for me, back then we could do kipping pull-ups. My weight is obviously a limitation now. I have always been able to do very heavy pulldowns, though. (I do understand the mechanical advantage provided by the cable/pulley setup). How can I go about determining what the weakness is. (arms, back, or both?) Are there other factors that affect one's ability to do a pull-up? (other than just being a wus).

We have a pull-up assist machine in my gym and I can't even currently do a pull-up with the full stack. I may not be able to improve my pull-up much right now whiule I am preparing for my meet, but I am gonna make it a priority after my meet. Not being able to do even one pull-up is pitiful no matter what my bodyweight is. I call myself a powerlifter, but can't even do a pull-up? That ain't right. I needs to put the power in powerlifter.

Thanks for any input/advice that you may have on this matter, big, hairy (though a little less hairy now), ugly dude.
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Another question for ya, BTB. The pull-up challenge in the challenge thread got me thinking.

I have NEVER been able to do a pull-up. Even when I was 200lbs lighter in the Marine Corps. Luckily for me, back then we could do kipping pull-ups. My weight is obviously a limitation now. I have always been able to do very heavy pulldowns, though. (I do understand the mechanical advantage provided by the cable/pulley setup). How can I go about determining what the weakness is. (arms, back, or both?) Are there other factors that affect one's ability to do a pull-up? (other than just being a wus).

We have a pull-up assist machine in my gym and I can't even currently do a pull-up with the full stack. I may not be able to improve my pull-up much right now whiule I am preparing for my meet, but I am gonna make it a priority after my meet. Not being able to do even one pull-up is pitiful no matter what my bodyweight is. I call myself a powerlifter, but can't even do a pull-up? That ain't right. I needs to put the power in powerlifter.

Thanks for any input/advice that you may have on this matter, big, hairy (though a little less hairy now), ugly dude.
I stink at pull ups too, even with incredible whole body strength. The best thing that can help guys like us is weight loss.

I would do inverted rows. You should be able to do them. They will help you build strength that can carry over to the pull up, or it is just a good pull up substitution if you are never able to do pull ups.

Here is how I do them, but with the bar slightly higher.

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I am a "smaller" &fairly strong overall person and I have always sucked a strict pull ups, too. They are just difficult.
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