Danny Vega – RPS Redemption meet prep – Pulls, Bench Attempting & Good Times

I am training for the RPS Redemption/XPC Qualifier on May 30, 2015. I will be competing in the classic raw 220lb weight class.

Most of the Powerrackstrength team was in Michigan this weekend for a fundraiser/seminar. We had an awesome weekend. Many stories were told, much was learned. wow. Seriously, we had an awesome time. I also decided to train both days, which brought mixed results.

Saturday, I pulled at Michigan Barbell:

135*5, 225*3, 225*1, 315*3, 315*1, 405*1, 495*1, 585*1, 675*1 for a 9lb PR. It moved a little slower than I expected, but it was a good lift.

After that I pulled off the blocks and was spent after just one single at 585. So I cut it off and decided to watch my boys squat some big numbers. I wanna brag about what they hit but I’ll leave that to them. 

Sunday was a whole different story. I tried to learn how to bench AND match my paused PR which was stupid in retrospect, but when you’re in that environment, those things happen. Warmed up thoroughly, then totally rearranged my set up with the help of Brian,  Byrd, Pegg, Brandon and Jason: 

45*20, 135*8, 225*3, 275*3, 315*3, 365*1 (this actually felt really fast), then went up to 405 and my left foot slipped as I pressed it up. Then I decided to try it again and brought it down to my belly. It was atrocious. But all in all, one crappy training day in a whole meet prep ain’t too bad.

We dropped the weight back down to 225 and Pegg gave me some really good cues to focus on. After several sets of doubles and triples I felt more confident.

During this last month, I’ll be working on set up and form on my accessory day to dial in my form. It’s a long shot, but who cares, I just wanna get better. 

One last thing. Thank you to Brian for taking care of us while we were together. It’s an honor to be around a group of people so genuine and eager to help each other. We have a ton of knowledge between all of us and I’m excited for the next several years. We’re gonna do some big things.

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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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