I just finished a 10 week off season and my next two meets are lined up. I’ll be doing the XPC Finals at the Arnold in early March and then 8 weeks later the US Open in San Diego, CA. This will be uncharted territory for me. I’ve never traveled this far for a meet before and never done two big meets back to back. I’ll do the XPC Finals in the 114lb weight class. How I do at the XPC Finals will determine if I do the 114lb class or 123lb class at the US Open. It’s time to get my head right, dial in the diet and get rid of distractions. Social life goes on hold and training becomes priority after family and work. I’ve got some really big goals for myself.
I made it up the RPS Holiday Havoc meet this past weekend in Fayetteville, NC and got to help some teammates who were in the meet. Crystal McCullough had a great meet. She qualified for the XPC Finals at 148lb and hit a huge squat PR. Will Kuenzel didn’t have the day he had hoped for but did learn some things for the next meet where I am sure he will come back strong. Todd, my hubby also lifted in the meet and hit PR’s on all three lifts. I am very proud of him and hoped that I handled him as well as he does for me at meets. It’s great when I can pay him back a little and help him as he does so much for me.
I did get some work in while I was in North Carolina. I dropped in at Crossfit Haymount and got some squat work in. Worked up to a heavy single. I am in limbo right now before I start my official meat prep so I figured why not test some things out to see how well all the box squatting in offseason helped.
McGill big 3
Bar x 20
95 x 5
135 x 5
155 x 3
185 x 2
215 x 1
235 x 1
255 x 1
270 x 1 Wraps on
305 x 1 Wraps on
Wasn’t a pretty 305 but I was pleased with the speed on descent and out of the hole which was a big weakness I focused on in offseason
Monday Bench work
I was super excited that I got some hands bench work with the bench master, Paul Key. Paul suggested some changes on my set up that I think will really help. He noticed that I was setting up too far back on the bench which wasn’t allowing me to push the bar back towards the rack and I was setting and sinking my shoulders after receiving the bar which was causing me to lose a lot of tightness in my back. He gave me some really helpful cues too.
1 arm KB swings
Bar 2 x 10
65 x 10
95 x 5
125 x 3
135 x 1
155 x 1
165 x 1
Backed down to 135 for singles to do some form work with Paul. Very happy with speed and I was able to easily push through my sticking point after Paul’s changes.
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