Dan Dalenberg | Next Meet Plans

I just finished up the 2016 Arnold XPC meet where I lifted raw with wraps. Transitioning into a long off season and looking for a late summer/early fall meet. 


What meet?

I haven’t decided this yet. I’m looking at three, all RPS meets anywhere from late August to mid October. I’m also considering trying to get a roster spot at Dan Green’s Boss of Bosses meet in August, but with a relatively high travel cost I’m generally unsure on that one. I’d love to do it because I know there will be a variety of top lifters there. As long as I can find a meet that will have good equipment, a platform crew I can trust and be at venue that is big enough I’ll be happy. I know anything that Danny Dague or Gene run will meet all of that criteria. Maybe I can convince Casey Williams to stop getting hurt so we can finally lift against each other again.

Side note- Casey and I are friends. I really enjoyed lifting with him at RUM8 and we’ve been trying to do it a second time for a bit now. I really do hope he is healed up and I would like to lift against him again.

What weight class?

Maybe 220. Definitely a lighter 242.

I keep trying to put together a decent build at 255, but every time I get up there I do it too fast and just end up fat and sluggish. It hasn’t paid off.

In November 2013, I benched 505 in a full meet at 247. My scale was messed up and I thought I was way heavier. Since I knew I wasn’t going to hit my goal total of 2000 yet, I decided to just come in heavy and go 275 (not knowing how close I actually was). So my 247 weigh in included a large pizza and a big breakfast.

In March/April of 2014 I squatted 755 and pulled 700 at 235. The deadlift was actually done at a seminar a month after my spring meet- relatively detrained.

Point is, I have lifted well at 240ish and sometimes even lighter. I’m only 5’6″, 235-240 is still pretty heavy. Danny is helping me get to a better weight and I’m already down into the 230s. I feel better, sleep better and look better. No complaints.

What division?

I was about 95% committed to lifting multi-ply after the Arnold, until I didn’t lift to my full potential. I want another crack at a nice total, so I’m going to put off multi-ply for another year and do at least two more raw full meets. In reality- I’ll probably be lifting raw until I get what I want in, which is an all time top 10 total. I don’t care if it is at 220 or 242, that doesn’t matter to me. I just want to crack the top 10. Right now that means either 2010+ @220 or 2075+ @242. Either of those totals will take a perfect, stars aligned kind of day.

So there you have it. Good and vague, no real decisions made besides having Brian construct my off season and lifting raw until I hit the goal I have set.

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Daniel Dalenberg

Dan Dalenberg is a pro level raw and equipped powerlifter with elite totals in the 220, 242 and 275 class. Best official raw meet lifts include an 804 squat, 507 bench press, 715 dead lift and 2006 total. Best equipped lifts include an 950 squat, 715 bench, 735 deadlift and 2400 total at 242. Dan has been training under Brian's guidance using the 10/20/Life methodology since late 2010.
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