Ken Whetham: The Crossroads

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If you compete in powerlifting you realize that when you’re getting ready for a meet everything needs to progress with your training so when you reach your meet, you peak at the right time.  Proper nutrition, training, hydration are among a few items that need to be dialled in to reach your goals.

This training cycle has been less than ideal for me.  I caught some type of flu bug which threw a wrench into a few sessions, I ended up with bronchitis and pneumonia and went on a round of antibiotics to get fixed up.

Being sick has made it difficult for me to maintain my bodyweight and I’ve dropped to 274 lbs (down over 25 lbs) despite trying to eat.

I squatted yesterday to attempt some type of opener but everything felt super heavy and slow.

I’m going to see how this week goes, but I feel like I’m at a point in this meet prep where I need to decide whether to pull out of the Nationals.

Ten Minute Walk

McGill Carries/McGill Warm-up

Beltsquat:

290 x 10/10/10

380 x 10/10

Mastadon Bar

375 x 3 (Briefs)

465 x 2

555 x 1

645 x 1 (Add ULV)

735 x 1

825 x 1

825 Squat

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Ken Whetham

Ken is a full-time Firefighter and Rescue Technician with the Oshawa Fire Department and is a certified Kettlebell Coach and WKC Master Trainer. Ken competed in Kettlebell Sport and won several championships across North America. In 2012, Ken competed in the Firefighter Combat Challenge where he won the Canadian National Championship. Ken trains at his home “Outlaw Powerlifting” gym outside Toronto, Ontario with a team of lifters that train and compete together. Ken is an Elite powerlifter in the 275 and 308 lb weight class and his current best lifts are 940/550/705 and his current goal is to squat 1000 lbs to become one of the few lifters to achieve that goal in their early 50’s.

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