21 Oct LcStrength gym update and 8 Weeks Out
Woohoo! Got a lot going on, folks. I’m 8 weeks out from my own competition on Dec. 12th. We’ve got another competing in 7 weeks and more that will compete in 12 weeks. Through all that, the MMA and jiu jitsu guys are in off season right now so we’re cranking up their lifting.
My own training starts to take precedence over anything else going on at the gym. Here’s where I heavily implement my number one strategy in dealing with people; ask three, then me. I have an incredible crew that can take a good bit of load off my shoulders. I keep them updated on training and they run with it. This enables me to concentrate on my own training without having to be mean to everybody, just the stupid ones.
Scott Paltos has been doing my offseason training and will be handling my meat prep. I’m an athlete first. I suck at coaching myself. Let me do all the most retarded shit I can throw at myself. I’ll hit a wall 6 weeks out because I’ll push way too hard. With a coach looking over my shoulder and somebody to hold me accountable, I’m not nearly as likely to be an idiot. Not nearly but it does still happen. Sorry Scott.
I’m wrapping up my last raw block before transitioning back into gear. I hate raw lifting. Not sure why, but I crave getting back into the gear. Brian just posted that article how Strength Training Isn’t Always Fun. That’s where I am right now. I’m doing the things I suck at now so that later I’ll be better at the things I am good at. Knowing what’s weak and fixing them are crucial.
The other competitors competing with me are 8 weeks out as well and have slowly started to ramp things up. They’re coming up on a deload before we get really crazy and into the meat and potatoes of the training. I always look forward to those weeks because the energy in the gym gets amazing. Loud music, chalk flying and lots of people smashing heavy weight. Always a good time.
For my folks entering into the offseason, they’re working on bringing up their muscular endurance. Lots of high volume stuff right now. Most really do enjoy these sessions because deep down they’re closet bodybuilders… or I might just be projecting. Anyway, it’s what they need right now. Coming off a good meet prep, it’s time to rebuild, reassess the weaknesses and address them.