August 7, 2013

Here’s me trying to hang with the cool kids.  I told everyone who competed at Nationals to throttle back for the next 2 weeks or so.  I want our minds right for the 16 weeks leading up to the American Open.  Go ride a bike.  Swim.  Do a push-up.  I don’t care.  Meanwhile, I’m still working at the gym all day so I decided to hop in with the team ST guys to kill my whole face with some deadlifts.  Honestly, after hurting my back this most recent time, I’ve lost a lot of strength and confidence from the floor.  I never truly got it back even after I got my 180 clean and jerk.  As Mark always says, strength is never a weakness.  Weightlifting coaches can go back and forth all day on the cost vs. benefits of deadlifts but in my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with throttling back on the lifts and working on general strength at certain points throughout the year.

My best ever deadlift is 240kg. I got 535lbs here and I hit 505lbs for a double yesterday.  Most importantly, I’m having fun and giving my mind a break from pushing the lifts for a couple weeks.

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