I just basically wanted an excuse to post this video of Jonny military pressing while drunk…if you think he’s staggering a lot under this you should of seen him getting around the gym before and after.
His training is going along well besides his drunkeness. He’s testing in 3 weeks time and expect him to post some big numbers.
Just thinking now I will post vids of his squats and ‘straightbar deadlifts’ this week along with some benching from last week…not to flog a dead horse…but it does make me laugh…and I know it will make you laugh…and since it is all about boards.ie tonight….and because I know that they love it when I talk about them…apparently…none of the lads I train would stand a chance in a powerlifting competition…including Jonny. There has been some great comments come out of boards.ie…along the lines of…lifting in rugby is nothing but high squats and heavily spotted benches…I don’t see too much heavy spotting in this video do you?
There has been some other fantastic lines…like the one that stated that apparently Jonny’s trapbar deadlift was nothing of significance as there’s little or no carry over to ‘real’ deadlifting.
Now that trapbar deadlift is very old but I think in Jonny’s defence…it went up pretty easy and more importantantly…it was only 310kgs because that was all we could strap onto it at the time. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how much carry over he gets in competition.
I was asked about arching the other day on the bench. For me it is really simple…I want to get as tight as possible to limit to as great an extent as possible any movement through out the rest of my body. I want to decrease the distance travelled by the bar as much as possible so I can maximise the loading. I want to turn every flat bench press into a decline bench press…as you can see I do this quite effectively.
If you have particular questions about benching…then be specific. The way this blog works is that you ask questions and I give you ‘my’ answers…I don’t know what you don’t know.
My training progress
I am happy at the moment…the fat is still coming off and my weight is actually climbing a little. I am banging in a lot of volume at the moment…for example today I did Day 1 in the morning and Day 2 in the evening. I was asked about how I was progressing so quickly…the main reason is because I am training my arse off. Training 3 to 4 hours a day works…especially when you eat well to support it. I will do a proper update at the end of the month but if people have particular questions then ask away.
Continuing here rather than starting a new post
I want to clear a few things up…I don’t hate powerlifting. I enjoy it like I enjoy all sports….except golf…I hate golf. I know that a lot of powerlifters and those that are involved with powerlifting read this blog…I know this because a huge number of the few friends that I have are or have been involved in powerlifting.
Anyway…I would like to have a crack at competing at some stage…not because I think I will set the world alight but because I love competing and I am very goal orientated. I want to encourage the lads that I train to compete because I think it will be good for them on lots of levels…it will give them something different to focus on other than whatever sport they happen to be competing in and because it will require them to really hone their technique.
Anyway…Sully was talking about my bench. As I said in my last update on my training…the targets I had were as follows:
Bench – 150kg
Pull Ups -12 reps
Push Ups – 50 reps
Inverted Rows – 30 reps
Trap Bar Deadlift – 200kg
Well today I had a weird sort of session…I was planning on doing some light squats and some stretching then a heap of core and prehab work because today was supposed to be a down day and I was still sore from yesterday….that didn’t actually happen….instead it went like this:
Hip Mobility Work
Squats – 5 sets of 5 @ 60kg…this is where it goes off script…I felt good so I thought I’d try 5 reps @ 80kg…keep in mind I basically haven’t squatted for 2 years and have only been back squatting this last 6 weeks…the heaviest I’ve gone is 100kgs…so 80kg felt good…then I did 90kg for 5 reps. I decided to put my belt on and did 100kg for 10 reps…still good…so did another 2 sets of 10 reps @ 100kg. Then 5 reps @ 120kg, 5 reps @ 130kg, 5 reps @ 140kg, 5 reps @ 150kg, 5 reps @ 160kg…at which time thankfully a fully paid boards.ie member stepped in and said you should only do singles from here…so this is my single @ 180kg.
Basically I chickened out…I was actually searching for the bottom…but like I said this is the first time I have squatted over 100kg in over 2 years…so not too unhappy…I went back to 150kg and did another 5 reps just for the craic.
Then I decided that since I wasn’t going to be able to train tomorrow as I had tomorrows DOMS already…I might as well bench as well and see how that was going.
Bench Press – 10 reps @ 60kg, 10 reps @ 70kg, 10 reps @ 80kg, 5 reps @ 90kg, 5 reps @ 100kg, 3 reps @ 120kg, 1 rep @ 130kg, 1 rep @ 140kg, 1 rep @ 150kg….which was shit…
Then had another crack at it…
This was better but still crap…still a little arse lift….didn’t get as much air as the first attempt. The thing I am happy about is that when I last tested I missed @ 145kg and am confident I will hit 150kg ‘properly’ on the 1st of July.
Finished the session with 5 sets of 8 reps on pull ups. So a completely off the wall session but felt good and it was fun… definitely progressing.
Already recieved an email…
Calling bulshit on all those squats. That didn’t take long did it. All I can say is that the gym was pretty full and there were actually quite a few witnesses and have a good few of the sets on video so I will post some more.
These are not instructional videos by the way….and the form is not great…but in my defence I’ve been back training for less than 2 months and this is the first time I’ve squatted anything over body weight…I will keep posting though and we’ll see if the load and form improves.
If you want to see what the new gym looks like!
You have to go and check this out Barry’s blog…he has video of the gym up.