11 Nov Dan Dalenberg- 1500 to 2000, Part 2: Getting Closer
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 2, Getting Closer.
After the XPC Raw finals in March 2014 I knew I was getting closer. And frankly, that meet left a bad taste in my mouth. I was capable of more than 1900, probably closer to 1950. I also placed out of the money and I was PISSED at about it. I wanted to WIN and I wanted to put up the numbers I was capable of doing.
I knew I wasn’t going to do another full meet until Relentless. This gave me a very long off season, allowed me to do a bench only meet and have some fun. I wanted to experiment a little bit with my squat stance and knew I needed to put in some work to total 2000+. I put my focus in a few different areas:
- Peaking Correctly– I had a long off season. It was really boring. Like torture. It would have been much more fun to smash weights all summer and become a youtube hero. But turns out being a youtube hero doesn’t count towards your total. So I turned up my training at the appropriate times, focused on recovery and staying injury free.
- Working weak points– My core stability was holding me back big time. Definitely was keeping my deadlift back. I wasn’t able to hold a good position to pull big weights. This is honestly what I believe allowed me to PR big time on both my squat and pull this year. I lived the McGill 3. Thousands of bird dogs, curl ups and planks. I hammered this and my pull climbed all year.
- Being less fat– In July I felt like garbage and looked kind of bad. I was fat, out of shape and wanted to be a harder 250. After the Can-Am bench meet Brian and I decided I should drop some weight. I didn’t really diet, just stopped eating so much bullshit and walked a lot more. I very quickly dropped from the high 250s to the high 230s. I felt much better and was still quite strong. When Relentless prep started, I started eating like crazy again. But this time like less of a jerk. No more entire boxes of Little Debbies driving home from the gym and generally less crap. My bodyweight came back fast, but I felt better, looked better and my strength shot through the roof.
- Allowing for recovery– This was a huge part of bringing up my squat and pull at the same time. I was moving some heavy weight and beating on my body. I had to very carefully ride the line of pushing too hard. Thankfully a combination of training squats and pulls the same day, as well as regular deloads I stayed healthy. In fact, I know some people think I undertrained. Even guys from my gym think that, asking me why I never push to failure. I generally believe your body only has so many big attempts in it, at least over a given training cycle. I want those lifts to be on the platform so my training might seem light, but I’m pushing for bigger totals, not to be a gym hero.
The training cycle went really well! I got stronger, bigger and better overall. I was going into the meet with an ambitious goal and knew I was strong enough to get it. [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”]