Zane Geeting. SWOT 2016 training

I’m currently in the heaviest weeks of meet prep for the 2016 XPC finals at the Arnold Classic sports festival. My goal at this meet is to best my PR total of 2175@220. I’m certainly strong enough to accomplish my goal, I just need to get a few technical issues straightened out and I’ll be good to go.

SWOT 2016

I apologize for the delayed write up of the weekend, but let me start off by saying that it was an amazing time and the team that Brian has put together is the best that I have ever seen. I cannot express how proud I am to be a part of it.

Friday morning my wife and I arrived in Jacksonville around 11am. Brian and Ria were kind enough to pick us up from the airport and take us out for what was possibly the best seafood I’ve ever eaten. The rest of the day we spent relaxing in the sun and getting situated. We could not have asked for a nicer day to spend in FL. We left 5 degree weather in MI and arrived to Jacksonville a few hours later to blue skies and mid 70’s. That night we had AYCE sushi and some good laughs with a large portion of the team, this was a great time.

Saturday morning we met at Cracker Barrel for breakfast then headed to Team Samson HQ (Thanks again for having us, Adam and Jamie) to get some lifting done. My goal was to work up to something around a second attempt on squat and deadlift. Here’s what I did:

Warm up

Bird dog’s, McGill’s, Cat/Camel, BW squat


150×10, 240×5, 350×2


440×2, 530×1, 620×1

Suit bottom


Full gear

800×1, 850x1x3 sets

  • I hadn’t planned on taking a second attempt 3 times, and would advise against it, but this was a very conservative 2nd attempt for me, and I was having technical issues. Because of this I was not happy with the results of the squats, and tried getting them right. After the 3rd try, I gave up and moved on, very frustrated and exhausted.



Suit bottom


Straps up

605×1, 705×1

  • At this point I was very tired and it was showing. Rather than trying a 2nd attempt from the floor I opted to take it off of a 4″ block to save myself. It still proved to be too much, I just didn’t have it on this day. 750 was the weight, and it wasn’t even close. Obviously if you know my lifting, you know this is uncharacteristic. I’m not too worried about it though, I’ll be in a much better place come meet day.

So, that was it for training. That night Brian and Ria threw a top notch party for the team with some excellent BBQ, music, drinks, etc. It was an excellent time and made me wish that we could all get together more often. I’ve been a part of a few teams in my life and never have I felt the camaraderie that we have here at Team PRS. I’m very excited to see where things take us as time goes on.

As a side note, I apologize for not having videos, I broke my phone Friday afternoon when a few of us went out to eat. It was one of those things we’ve all done where you stand up and forget it was sitting on your lap. Normally not a big deal, but it landed just right and my screen went black for good. Sweet.

Next weeks training will be up Thurs a.m. and there will be some video to go with it, so 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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