29 Feb Make or Break: Byrd Squats and Deadlifts
Currently training for the XPC Finals at the Arnold. Working my body weight up to 290lbs and making the cut down to 275 class. I will use the protocols from Brian’s Manual“CUTTING WEIGHT”[wa-wps]
As always I am fighting off nagging injuries from my past years of complete dumb ass training. This maybe the first time in 3 years that I can call myself healthy (by powerlifting standards).
Honestly I dont even know where to start. Getting ready for the 2013 XPC Semi finals I completely destroyed my left pec. Tendon tear from the bone as well as an actual muscle tear. Kiss of death for a powerlifter. Since the day of that tear I have been fighting my ass off to get back to the level where I could complete with the best in the world. It has been a long hard road, with even more injuries, mistakes, and set backs than I care to think about.
With all that said, I feel like I am in the best position I have been in since 2013. I feel stronger than I have ever been, and my bodyweight is much lower. The timing of this weekends even could not have been better for me. I needed to get a gauge of where I am at, realistic attempts, and actual goals for the meet. I have high expectations, but honestly was not sure how this weekend would go.
Squats went something like this
Got into full gear at 750 (just like meet day)
Deadlifts: The plan was to push the dead a little. I have not pulled more than 675 off the floor in the gym for over a year now. Between the bicep tear, hip injury, and back issues I just couldnt do it. Well Today was the day to find out where I stand, not max, but to know what I could pull under meet like conditions.