Monday, July 6, 2009

New Training Cycle and PR

I am finally able to press the 24kg. I have not been specifically working toward a 24kg press, but I have been wanting to press that pig for a long time. Every month or so I give the 24kg a try... suddenly I can press the 24kg, no problem. I have pressed it 5 times now. Twice on the 4th of July before we left to spend the weekend with Aaron's parents. Today, Monday I have pressed it 3 times. I can't get a double in yet, but I feel like that should come soon. I haven't been able to press it with the left arm either... only on the right side so far. Here is something for your viewing pleasure.

In other news, I have a new training cycle mapped out specifically for me by Matt Gary. Yep, I am finally going to get serious about powerlifting. Matt coaches Team Quest as well as his wife Sioux-z Hartwig-Gary. I know I am going to learn A TON from working with Matt. My cycle is "Shieko Like". I can't wait to see what happens with my strength. I was inspired by Becky Rich who is training with Wild Iron in California; she just put 20lbs on her squat, 17 pounds on her Bench Press and 13 pounds on her deadlift. WOW!! That is amazing improvement. I want those kind of numbers! Check out Powerlifting Watch!

Friday July 3 I did a max effort deadlift day. I was able to pull 305lbs, no problem... but missed 315lbs. I was still just too tired from meet in Duluth and the long drive. My back really tightened up on me after our drive up to Alexandria. Not a nice feeling. This happened to me a few years ago when I first learned how to dl. Deadlifting + Long drive = sore back.

Also, a bench press. Not my strength, but getting better. Long monkey arms; but I do have a great arch. Check it out if you feel like you need a laugh...