If you read my blog regularly you probably know that I have been working with Mike Robertson of IFAST for the last 2 1/2 years. For the full story on why I went to see him in the first place, check out his interview with me here. Long story short I had to take quite a bit of time off from heavy lifting to fix some major postural issues I was having. It was awful and I hated it at times, but I knew it was what was best for me in the long run. My main goals are to stay health and injury-free, have an aesthetically pleasing physique, and be as strong as a house… that’s not too much to ask, right?
While I am interested in competing in Powerlifting again (I have dabbled in it in the past), I am not willing to sacrifice my long-term health and safety for it. Some people are, and that’s fine for them and I admire people who are that dedicated… it’s just not for me. That being said, I want to be as strong as possible while being as safe as possible, which is why Mike is the perfect Coach for me.
A couple of weeks ago, Mike told me that it was about time to test my maxes and I have been ecstatic about it! I held off on testing my Deadlift max this time around because I haven’t deadlifted for 6 weeks due to a weird pulling going on in my lower back. I have seen a PT for it, and she released some stuff in my right glute and it’s feeling 100% back to normal, but I won’t test my DL max until deadlifting has been back in my program on a regular basis.
Here were my previous maxes:
FULL POWERLIFTING MEET (2009):
I haven’t purposefully tested my 1 rep max in any lift since 2009, although I have squatted 245 a couple of times in the last 6 months. The funny thing is, I thought that I was matching a previous PR and when I went back and watched the video I realized I got some help with 245, so I inadvertently sent a PR when I squatted 245 recently.
Anyway, I took last week off as a de-load week (read more about de-loading here) and the first several days of this week I just did some conditioning and a little light lifting. I was PUMPED to go in tonight and smash some weights. I was planning on squatting around 275 and benching around 165. I started taking videos with my Flip Cam and then it pooped out on me… so I can’t access my warm-up videos on squat. Oops. Oh well… the rest is history:
So there you have it. A 20 lb PR on squats and a 15 lb PR on bench press. I was a little disappointed with my squat (hoping I would get 275) but all it has done is motivate me to work harder! I am also including a video of some breathing and bracing drills that my partner Jim Laird and I have been doing with our clients and ourselves. Jim learned them from Bill Hartman (Mike Robertson’s partner in IFAST). It has helped my core stability tremendously and I definitely recommend it. Enjoy!
So what do you think? Have you hit any PR’s lately? On any exercises? 1 rep max PR’s? Rep PR’s? I would love to hear about them! Thanks for reading and please share this blog post if you support what I do! Thank you!