Danny Vega – Off season week 3 – Squats-ish

I am currently in off season mode. Over the next 4 months I will be focusing on building my bench and working on some weak points until I start meet prep for next May’s RPS Redemption meet. I will be competing raw with wraps in the 242 weight class.

Yesterday I thought I didn’t even need to deload next week (even though I was going to anyway). Today I know it’s exactly what I need. In fact, I need a deload from life.

Somehow Brian knew this because a few times in the last couple of days he’s asked me, “Are you okay? You seem off.” I definitely am. Juggling being a parent to two toddlers, a fast paced and demanding job, and this powerlifting obsession (along with everything else) is EXHAUSTING. I don’t have it as bad as my wife though, because she has the kids all day and they’re like hemorrhoids. I love them to death but they’re demanding. Right now it’s just a survival game.

This morning’s squatting felt just as I thought it would–terrible. Very taxing. But at least my knee feels great. Next week we deload, which couldn’t come at a better time. Here’s what we did:

Front squat 55×10, 145×5, 195×5, 235×8, 255×8, 275×8, 275×8, 255×8

High bar squats 285×5, 305×5, 325×5

KB goblets with xstremeai (band tension from ankles to waist. Constant tension the whole time which was very taxing) 55×10, 2×10@71

GHR 3×10@bw

All of that took two hours because I’m weak and out of shape. Thank God for deloads.

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Danny Vega

Danny Vega is a 220lb raw powerlifter with meet bests of 640 squat in wraps (610 raw), 400 bench, and 700 deadlift. A native of Miami, Florida, Vega received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University in 2004, where he was a member of the football team and a three-time Dean’s List recipient. Vega earned his masters of science in human performance from the University of Florida, where he worked with the national championship men’s basketball team along with women’s basketball, tennis, and golf programs. He then went on to become the Strength & Conditioning coordinator for VCU basketball. The Rams were 2007 conference champions and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
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