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Well this week didn't go as planned starting out with an injury on an already short prep cycle.  But all you can do is go with the new flow and develop a plan of action and execute.  Here I show some of the work thats been done over the course of the week.  Below is also the training log with all details on what was done during the course of the week. https://youtu.be/oxM5TxcVLcg...

Feeling a lot more stable with my squats this last week.  Was also quite happy with all my big lifts for the week given I'm just getting back into hitting all 3 major lifts in the same week again.  I'm squatting twice, benching once, and deadlifting once, with one two accessory back days.  I still have a little bit of an issue with nagging oblique and QL strain on the left side which is likely due to the last training cycle but it is recovering quite well.  Prep time for Arnold Fit Expo is quite short but overall I'm walking around stronger than I have ever been before so I don't think I'll need to be reliant on a huge prep period.  The details of the training plan are below.https://youtu.be/2WgIkyebHd4...

Still keeping it under wraps as to exactly what I want to do in the Animal Cage at the Arnold.  But I am excited for it.  This marks the first week of training for a very short prep period.  It will also delay my 1000lb squat goal but I've got a pretty interesting plan for the year for my goals.  Ready to get moving forward on it.Below is the training plan for the week. ...

Here is this last weeks training.  A lot more missed training as you will see in my training log snapshot than I would like to see.  But its hard to keep up when traveling and speaking for sure!  Considering that I'm quite happy with the work I did get in however.  Things are progressing nicely.  Will be working on improving the formatting for the training log for those not familiar with how we track training.  But below is the weekly plan, performance, and deviation....

Last weeks leading into the meet[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]muIuT3FjSsc[/wpdevart_youtube]Here is a quick meet recap and the lessons I learned[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]e-rlAlCqweY[/wpdevart_youtube]...

This path may be a little confusing to most.  But I'm taking some time off from heavy lifting right now and making sure I'm functioning well and setup to perform well to hit my 1000lb Squat goal.  While I do this I have an interim goal to do a one-arm barbell snatch of 225lbs.  I might not hit this at this point but its a good time to work on that as a slowly transition back into squat training....

Finally, the meet prep has begun and the 1st week went exceptionally well. The hardest part for me is picking the right numbers, to begin with, I have a good round about number to begin the cycle with but I also let my warm ups dictate my working sets for the first. This week is what establishes my base for me and it sets up the rest of my meet prep for good or bad. The way I have things setup is pretty simple, for my main movements I will be working up to a top set and for my secondary day I worked up to a repeatable weight that can be built upon for the upcoming weeks. This gives me a good amount of mixture between intensity and volume and it actually makes me push my strength curve through the cycle as my base building was done in the offseason. Here is week 1 training recap:SundayBack and Shoulders[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]dYI3-pzAAHI[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayLow Bar Squats- 615lbs for 3 RepsBack Down Sets- 505lbs 2x3High Bar pause Squats- 415lbs for 3x3Sumo Pulls w/ Chains in Front- 462lbs 10x1 (50lbs in Chains)Ab Wheel- 4x10 WednesdayClose Grip BP- 365lbs x5, 385lbs x5, 405lbs x3x5Tempo Close Grip BP- 315lbs 4x5JM Press- 5x12Dips- 4x15s/sFace Pulls- 4x12[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]UbjmL5l4UMI[/wpdevart_youtube]FridaySumo Block Deads- 660lbs x3x3SLDL's- 315lbs 4x8 (double overhand grip)Belt Squats- 4x8DB RDL's- 3x8Band Abs- 3x12SaturdayDuffalo Bar  BP-  420lbs x5Tempo Duffalo Bar BP- 385lbs- 4x5Incline BP- 335lbs x4, 315lbs x3x5DB OHP- 75lbs x10, 95lbs x8, 125lbs x2x6DB Incline Flyes- 3x12s/sMachine OHP- 3x8...

Discipline equals freedom is something I picked up from Jocko Willink author of Extreme Ownership, but I was taught it during my time in the Marines. I learned that having the discipline to wake up at a certain time everyday regardless of the situation would give me the freedom to do what I want. I accomplish this freedom by having that discipline to wake up and tackle the task I have set forth for the day. I have the discipline to eat all my meals and bring them with me when i travel so that i can still train hard and reach my goals. It is this day to day discipline that has giving me the freedom to own my life and do the things I want to do.I knew I wanted to fully focus on being the best powerlifter I could be, so I knew I had to travel and learn from the best. I could only accomplish this by creating a job that allowed me to travel and still make money. So I started my own online training and nutrition business so that i could always get my food in, travel, sleep and really focus on my goals as a strength athlete. I had to have a ton of discipline to create a business build my name up to the point where I could do this. Granted it took awhile to get to and it had its ups and downs but I had the discipline to stick with it and make it a success. I learned all this through the rigid schedule of the Marines and the discipline it took to be a good Marine. These lessons have molded me into the man I am today and I am extremely thankful for it. Here is a link to...