Danny Bellmore – Deload and a Trip to Black Bridge Barbell

This was week 6 and it was a deload with not a whole lot going on. Bench night was focused on foot placement and extreme tightness. I try to optimize my time deloading and work on the little things that come to light while handling heavy weight. While speaking to Brian this week we discussed doing some shirted benching once a month. I am planning on doing some shirt work the week right after a deload. Deadlift night I switched to conventional for my sets just to mix things up (plus I suck at conventional pulling). Sunday is usually a squat day for us, but I needed to work. Scott and I opted to go to Black Bridge Barbell on Saturday to get in our squats in. Black Bridge is a pretty cool place, they do an array of things including cross fit, strong man and powerlifting. The hospitality was great, and I look forward to training there again in the future.
I have found that at times its nice to frequent other people’s facilities. There is always an open offer for other gyms to check ours out.
Warm Up
McGill Big 3
Kettlebell Swings
Pull Ups
Flat Bench 5×1
Cambered Bar Clos Grip 4×6
Band Push Downs 3×25

Warm Up
McGill Big 3
Goblet Squats
3 Inch Blocks 3×8 (Conventional)
Seated Long Pulls 3×12
One Arm Rows 4×10


McGill Big 3
Goblet Squats
Squats 5 x2
Farmers Walks 4x15yds
Tried some stones out

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Danny Bellmore

Danny has been involved in powerlifting since 1994. The first swing at a career was short lived due to a major back injury in 1999 that resulted in a 3-level spinal (lumbar) fusion. At that point, he took a 10-year break. Avoiding the gym all together because his body, and back, just never felt right. In 2010, Danny went to handle a good friend at a local meet. That experience re-ignited the fire within and he was back under the bar, never looking back. Danny established an elite total at my first meet back in 2010 and then accomplished a win at the 2012 APF Masters Nationals. Through his win at the APF Masters, he was training using the Conjugate Method, but he wanted a change. He needed a change. Danny reached out to a friend who stated that Brian and the Samson Barbell crew had it going on. In the process of connecting with Brian, he has endured a few setbacks. During our initial discussions, he had torn my rotator cuff and labrum, along with a separated AC joint. The surgery did not "take" and just nine months later, he was back under the knife for a "do-over." During the healing process, he had lost feeling and strength in my right arm. Being pig headed, he waited and waited. My choice to remain stubborn backfired, and I was back in the OR for another spinal (cervical) fusion. Now healed, and a few years under Brian, Danny’s total has moved to 1871 @ 165. He doesn’t like to predict or talk about goals, but he wants more, and feels like he has more. Plans now are to compete at the Senior Nationals in Jacksonville, Florida this June.
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