MDLP Training Log: 9/24/18

Was looking forward to this weeks De-Load. Yup, you heard right, totally looking forward to it. Often times we give the de-load a hard time and many people complain but when true lifting is being put into the working weeks, properly planned de-loads are Odin sent. I dropped my percentages and focused on one major factor in my training, conditioning. I took advantage of the lower % on log and fined tuned some of my pressing technique. There is still some major rust on my log press that I am enjoying shaving off. I am starting to notice where I’m too tight and where I am missing muscle and power. If any number near the mid 300’s is going to be pressed in December, I have to spend a considerable amount of time getting my neurological system primed during de-loads. Gains on a de-load week.. imagine that?

Although Florida’s will be a heavy show, I know where my weaknesses have developed over the last 2 years of not training at capacity. Stop, this is not a list of excuses but rather, a list of reasons to get better. My strength is developing at a pace that is acceptable, back pain is relatively non existent but my conditioning needs work. With my body weight kind of betraying me, it is a perfect time to get get my strongman fitness in check and keep my body composition improving. These are exciting times for me. Deadlift and event days are bringing me focus, event days are leaving battered in a good way, and the tunnel vision I had missed so dearly has come back ten fold. I am somewhere lost in-between the worlds of appreciation and absolute redemption. This is not a story of me coming back against anyone else but myself. It’s a journey of vengeance against inner demons, mistakes and let downs. There are many opponents but only one enemy. That enemy is the voice of fear, doubts, and regrets whispering in my ear before big lifts and training. The courage I have and that I seek to perfect, is the will to crash into this enemy with war drums beating in my heart and fire in my soul. Not every other week or only when times are hard but ever, fucking, day. I have breakfast, lunch and dinner with this enemy. I know everything about him and I’ll use this to overcome. Vanquishing your biggest enemy before you wing your sword makes you the most dangerous warrior on the battlefield… contemplate on this heavily.

Warm up:

  • McGill Big 3
  • Single Leg RDL 1×15/15
  • Band Face Pulls 1×50
  • Band Push Down 1×50
  • D Bell Hammer Curls 1×25
  • D Bell Shoulder Press 1×25
  • KB swings 3×10

Work Load:

  • Log Press (out of rack) 5×2 235#
  • Farmers 3 sets 50/50ft 200#
  • Bike/Keg run 3 sets

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Michael “MDLP” De La Pava is currently a competitive Strongman and owner of The Battle Axe Gym. Born in Miami, Florida into a Colombian household, Michael finished his schooling by attending Penn State University where he graduated with a Degree in Psychology. Having his roots in martial arts, he would go on to compete in various sports as a Muay Thai fighter, Powerlifter, and rugby player before committing himself fully to Strongman. During this time, he opened Miami’s first Strongman gym, The Battle Axe, where he currently coaches athletes from various disciplines including powerlifting, MMA fighters, Strongman, officers of multiple authorities and enlisted and active military operators. Competing in Strongman for over 6 years has given Michael the opportunity to rank as high as 15th in the nation (105kg), won Florida’s Strongest man (1st in 2014 and 2nd in 2015 in the 105kg class), lift and load a 420 pound Atlas stone, log press 335, pull 700, and most importantly, share the competitive battlefield with some of the best in the game. During this journey, Michael suffered what some would consider a potentially career-ending spine injury. It was at this time that Brian and Michael would begin working together to not only rehab his spine, allowing him to return to Strongman but also develop a new Strongman training program revolving around the 10/20 philosophy. Strongman and coaching have given Michael the opportunity to travel around the nation and the world to train, coach and be coached, as well as share ideas with various leaders in the strength community. Michael’s experience and network in strongman brings a welcome connection with the ever-growing sport of Strongman to the 10/20 team and PRS family.

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