One of the strongest, smartest, and all-around most genuine individuals I’ve ever known, this was Sean’s last Powerlifting competition.
I originally wasn’t planning on competing until January 2015 but since this was Sean’s final meet I chose to enter and compete with him one last time.
Sean lifted extraordinarily well and hit personal records in all 3 lifts.
Totaling 1285lbs, Sean hit an easy 425lb squat, 310lb bench press, and 550lb deadlift.
The best part was Sean had a lot left in the tank and, given the chance, easily could have totaled well above 1300lbs.
As for me…
I had a pretty good day as well.
Not nearly my best but much better than expected.
Before I go into the details, here were my best lifts of the day:
Squat: 380lbs (2.5lb all-time personal record)
Bench Press: 220lbs (no where near my best)
Deadlift: 490lbs (5lb all-time personal record)
Total: 1190lbs (slightly less than my all-time best)
The Play by Play
I’ve never felt worse going into a meet.
Over the past 6-months my training has, unfortunately, taken a back seat and subsequently been no where near as consistent as I’d like it to be.
Between working as a full-time coach, building Syatt Fitness, starting at AMP Fitness, trying to maintain some semblance of a social life, etc, etc, etc…my training went down the drain.
It’d be easy for me to make any number of excuses but the reality is my performance is my responsibility.
I hardly slept.
I rarely ate enough.
And I prioritized work far more than my own performance.
I don’t regret it – not in the least – because other areas of my life have improved more than I ever could have imagined. But I’m not happy with how this meet went and it’s time for me to make a change.
Having said that, here’s the meet play-by-play.
First Attempt: 335lbs
Opening at 335lbs, I knew this was going to be an easy single.
Second Attempt: 360lbs
Remember I said my training’s been shit?
I actually failed 360lbs out of the hole about 3 weeks ago. Going into the meet I thought if I hit 360lbs it’d be a good day.
I ended up burying it and going for an all-time personal record.
Third Attempt: 380lbs
Obviously a grinder, I’m glad I chose to use the bathroom prior to this attempt.
Going into my next meet I plan to hit a 405lb squat which will be about 3x my bodyweight.
The Bench Press
First Attempt: 220lbs (no video)
15lbs less than my all-time meet PR, I knew this was going to be a cake walk.
Unfortunately, I had a dur-dur-dur moment and forgot to wait for the “Bench!” command.
The lift was disqualified.
Second Attempt: 220lbs
Not wanting to bomb out of the meet (I really wanted to deadlift) I opted to take 220 again.
It felt like speed work.
Third Attempt: 240lbs
Going for broke, I chose to make a relatively big jump and go for an all-time PR.
I got stapled.
No excuse other than I wasn’t strong enough to press it.
Going into my next meet I plan to hit a 245lb Bench Press.
First Attempt: 460lbs
At this point I thought 500 was [finally] in the bag.
Second Attempt: 490lbs
Much harder than I wanted.
Reviewing the video it looks much faster than it felt, but I strained my right pec at lockout and new 500 was going to be a battle
Third Attempt: 500lbs
I wanted this so bad.
So fucking bad.
It actually felt pretty good off the floor but as soon as it got to my knees I hit a wall and knew it wasn’t going anywhere.
I guess I’ll just have to wait until my next meet where I plan to hit a 4x bodyweight Deadlift of 530lbs.
My Plan Going Forward…
My next competition is scheduled for January 2015 in Newark, NJ.
Competing at a bodyweight of 132lbs, I plan to hit:
Squat: 405lbs (3x BW)
Bench Press: 245lbs (1.9x BW)
Deadlift: 530lbs (4x BW)
Lofty goals, no doubt, but these next few months I’m going to attack my training with an entirely new level of intensity.
I look forward to sharing my progress and learning experience with you.
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