10 Nov Dan Dalenberg- 1500 to 2000, Part 1: The Beginning
As a part of my meet write up for Relentless Detroit I would like to share more information on my background and growth through 10/20/Life. This is 1500-2000 Part 1, The Beginning.
Like most powerlifters I started strength training because of other sports and because I loved to bench. My older brother had played football and I had seen him bench around 250 pounds. I thought it was the most badass thing I had ever seen so I started trying to do what he had done.
Turns out I wasn’t all that good at football. I enjoyed playing and at my little high school I did OK, but what I really enjoyed was getting strong. I had competed in several local meets and had squatted in the mid-400s, benched 315 or so, and pulled 405. I was lifting at 165 and 181, nothing impressive but having fun with it.
Once football was over for me, powerlifting became a main stay. I had no clue what I was doing. I followed plenty of different cookie cutter programs like 5/3/1 and was still getting stronger. Honestly at that point as a lifter I just needed to put in work and get reps in. Cookie cutter stuff was working ok but progress was stalling. I managed to get myself to 1575 @ 220 but after a frustrating meet where I fell short of that, I knew I needed something more.
I knew at that point I needed a coach and mentor. I asked Ted Toalston and Steve Diel of EliteFTS for a recommendation and they pointed me to Brian Carroll.
After a few emails with Brian, he worked up my first 10/20 training cycle. Right away I knew this was something very different from what I had been doing. For the first time I had real focus on three areas:
- Injury prevention/rehab/prehab
- Weak point specific training
- Peaking properly for a meet
12 weeks later I lifted and posted a nice PR total of 1630. This was April of 2011.
I still didn’t really know what I was doing but I was making progress again. Brian kept helping me with my training and I kept learning. Now I was figuring out how to identify needs and was getting strong. My total kept coming up, going over 1700 in 2012, 1860 in 2013 and 1900 early this year. I had also eaten my way up to 250 pounds. Every meet training cycle I picked one weakness per lift and kept hammering away. I knew I had a lot of work to do but I also knew that powerlifting is a sport of longevity. I needed to keep chipping away and building strength to get to where I wanted to be.
Now I was learning how to be a pro and was getting much closer to a lifetime goal of a 2000 pound total… [share title=”Share this Article” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”][author title=”About the Author”]
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