I competed in the 2012 USAPL Richmond Open this past weekend and it was a huge success for me. I hit a PR in the squat and deadlift as well as my meet total! I competed at 181 and weighed in Saturday morning at 180.9 after cutting about 10lbs (first time I’ve had to cut weight). For anyone who read my post last week you know that I was very unsure going into the meet so for me to come out with PRs and meeting my goal of an 1100lbs total (finished with 1136lbs)is a huge deal for me. So without wasting any more time here is the video compilation of my attempts...
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The only thing that even remotely ruffled my feathers as far as judging went was on my squat. On my first attempt I got red lighted for my depth even though I felt I was below parallel. Then on my second I got a white light but the judge still told me I was almost high. So for good measure on my third attempt I decided to hang out in the bottom so there wouldn’t be any question.
Bench press went alright. I was hoping to get around 325 but after my second attempt I only took a little jump. After all the trouble I’d been having with my shirt I was just glad to get on the board. After watching the videos I noticed a bunch of problems. My arch wasn’t as big as it could have been, I tucked my elbows too much then I didn’t flare them on the way up (this causes a loss in leverage), and for the position I started in I hit to low on my chest which threw off my whole stroke.
My deadlift went a lot better than expected. I actually feel like I could have gone much heavier on my last one but whatever I got the weight and the total. I still need to sit back into my heels more and pull back more as opposed to standing straight up which is very evident on my last attempt.
Right now my upcoming goals are to get stronger and continue to refine my technique on my lifts. I don’t like saying that I have to work on my weak points because as far as I’m concerned everything is weak and it all needs to be worked on. Is this the wrong attitude to have? Absolutely not, as I’ve stated before I don’t like feeling content. The moment I feel content and that I’m strong is the moment that I stop working hard and I don’t ever want to stop working hard.
I want to congratulate Carson on his first meet, he did a great job and we are all very proud of him. I also want to thank everyone who came out to support me and who helped me out with my training and everything else. Thanks to Gabe Naspinski who did my programming and also congratulations to him as well for totaling 2100 pounds at his meet in Tampa! Sean was a great training partner and it was a shame he couldn’t attend but he had some very important things to do in New York but thanks again man! My friend and current SAPT intern Tadashi was my handler for the whole thing and did an awesome job taking the stress off me, wrapping my knees, picking weights, etc. so thanks a lot man I couldn’t have done it without you. Steve was there to handle Carson but helped me out as well, he is a great friend and I’m glad he came down.
Tim Henriques was in attendance with his powerlifting team as well. Tim is someone that I look up to in this industry and for him to help out and lend his support like he did was a huge deal for me so thanks Tim!
SAPT’s longtime client and friend Ron came down, which was awesome that he would take a whole Saturday to support Carson and I, thanks Ron! Two of my buddies who I’ve been friends with for as long as I can remember came out as well which was cool for me to share this experience with them, thanks guys. Part of my family made the trek to Richmond too. This meant the world to me so thanks to my sisters, Sissy and Stephanie and to my nephew Trevor who is one of my best friends so that was doubly awesome that he came out.
Last but certainly not least I really want to thank my girlfriend Shannon for everything she did, has done, and will do. She learned very quickly how important competing in powerlifting is for me and she jumped right on board. Without any hint of boredom or annoyance she listens to me day in and day out talk about my training successes and struggles which very few people can pull off. She watches my videos and reads my articles and doesn’t think twice about it. She made the trip with me to Philadelphia to spend two days watching a powerlifting meet that I wasn’t even in! She even drove Tadashi and me to this meet and spent 7 hours waiting to film me and support me for only the 3 total minutes that I was on the platform. I am truly lucky to have her in my life so thank you Shannon, I love you very much!