Zane Geeting, Squatting in gear for the first time in ages

I’m currently training to make my comeback at the XPC finals at the Arnold Classic in March. Between now and then I’ll be doing Dan Dalenberg’s push/pull meet here in MI, in Jan.


This was an interesting one. First time I’ve had gear on to squat in many months. The 10/20/Life cycle that Carroll set up for me going into the XPC finals called for me to squat in a suit with straps down. Since its been a long time, I decided that I’d pass on briefs for this first session. Here’s how it went:

Warm up

BW squat


Bird dogs

Glute bridges


warm up to 420×2 raw, then…

Suit, straps down, no briefs

510x2x2 sets

600x3x2 sets

-Most of this time was spent getting used to the change in form for squatting in gear. Wider stance, more open, sit back less, higher bar position, etc. By the last set it was clicking pretty well.

SS bar, 3 sec. pause squat




3 sets of 10


225x10x3 sets

JL planks

30 sec. x3 sets


That was the end of it. I was going to do some reverse hypers but they felt like hell. The rev hyper can be my best friend or my worst enemy. I just have to figure it out on the first set.

Overall I’m very happy with how this session went. Everything was very light, but felt good. The top sets of squat were probably an RPE of 6-7, as were the SS bar squats. This will increase week by week as the meet gets closer. Stay tuned for that.

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Zane Geeting

Zane Geeting is a pro multi-ply powerlifter with best lifts of a 935 squat, 625 bench, and 765 deadlift. He is coming back to competitive PL after a year and a half layoff that was a result of several serious injuries including a severe rupture of the right pec that could not be repaired. Zane has an extremely busy schedule that would make most people quit before Friday. He works 55+ hours a week as a finance manager. As a renaissance man, he is also currently restoring a 140 year-old farmhouse and maintaining a hobby farm. Despite all this, Zane still finds time to train 2-3 times per week, as well as coach other lifters.  
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