Paul Oneid – My plan sucked 10/15/2015

I have decided that I will no longer be competing Nov 14 in Newark, NJ.  I have decided to take a step back, work on some glaring weaknesses and imbalances and chose a meet in the new year.  The goal of a +2000lbs total at 220lbs remains the same, but the timeline has changed.

I have decided to withdraw from my meet due to the on-going issues I am having with my hip/IT band.  It is really hard to explain to people what the issue actually is, but essentially I have some uneven tension around my hips and pelvis which is causing me to shift my weight to my right leg anytime I externally rotate my hips (think bottom of a squat and deadlift).  This has resulted in some compensation issues along my IT band on my left side.  My plan was to get treatment and push through.  I have been pursuing Chiropractic intervention, massage therapy as well as everything I know about hips in terms of correcting these issues to no avail.  I was doing soft tissue work and mobilizing 2-3x a day, warming up for an hour before lifts and still no positive changes.  My plan sucked!

The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was my deadlift session following my deload week.  Pain was like 25% of what it was, but my hips were just weak.  I went to pull a single I have hit close to 10x in the past and my weight shifted about 4 inches to the right off the floor.  After that, I had an uneven back pump for the first time.  To me, this is my body saying “stop it, you idiot!”  I don’t know if it’s maturity, but I listened to my body and cut the lift short.

Am I injured? No, but I can almost assure you that if I continued to try and train through it I would have been.  Is my pride hurt? Absolutely, because I know what I can accomplish and how hard I have trained for this meet.  I am lucky to have very good people in my life that I trust for good advice.  I spoke to a few people, including Brian and Jordan, to give insight on what they would do in my shoes.  But, it was in speaking with Shane Church that I made my decision.  He said a few things that really hit home to me.  The first is that I only have one body and the platform isn’t going anywhere.  The second, and ultimately the reason I am withdrawing, is that as soon as you start to question your preparedness, you have already failed.  If you aren’t 100% confident in your ability to perform and if you are scared of getting hurt, you may as well not even show up.

My new plan is way better than my old plan!  I am taking the next few weeks to unload and work on my weaknesses.  Brian is going to guide my training 100% while I do this.  I will continue to seek chiro and massage care to address the alignment and soft tissue issues.  Once I am relatively pain free and the shift in my hips is gone, I will pick a meet and go take the 2000lbs total.  I only have one body, and I want that body to be bulletproof.

Training for this week is boring, but I am spending a lot of time doing the McGill big 3 and walking every morning.  Stay tuned for when I actually lifts weights again.  Also, thank you for all the messages and texts about my hip.  It means a lot to have so many people reach out.

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Paul Oneid

Paul is an elite level raw Powerlifter with personal bests of an 805lbs squat, 440lbs bench, 725lbs deadlift and a 1960lbs total in the 242lbs class, as well as an 800lbs squat, 430lbs bench, 700lbs deadlift and 1930lbs total in the 220lbs class. Paul brings a deep educational background to the team as he has earned Master’s degrees in both Sports Management and Exercise Science. He is a former D1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach, who now works as a Functional Rehabilitation Specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Paul provides coaching services in the areas of training and nutrition through his company Master Athletic Performance and is also the co-founder of a technology company, 1-Life Inc. Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!
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