Zane Geeting, training for the week of 1/29/2016, with squat and deadlift video

I’m currently training for the XPC finals at the Arnold Classic sports festival. My goal at this meet is to best my PR total of 2175@220. So far things are looking good…


This week puts me 5 weeks out from the meet. I got a late start on this training cycle, but things are catching up nicely. Here’s some video of squats and deadlifts:

In this video I took straight weight up to an opener range, then added a reverse monster mini band and took something around a 3rd attempt. The band takes off nothing at the top, and 90 lbs. in the hole. Depth is close, I’ll be pushing that last inch in the coming weeks.

last warm-up deadlift

Around a planned opener

Here’s how training actually broke down…

1/29/2016, Friday night squat training

This one was an adventure. Dirk, Brandon, and I squatted pretty late in the evening (9pm or so) and there was a bunch of gear swapping going on, to figure out who was going to fit into what suit, etc. Not typical for 5 weeks out, but some people are fat and they need help, lol. Here’s what I did…

Warm up

McGill big 3, BW squat, Cat/Camel


150×10, 240×5, 330×3, 420×1

Briefs on

510×2, 600×1

Suit on, straps down


Full gear

750×1, 800×1 (video)

Reverse monster mini band

945×1 (video)

  • This was actually a misload by 90 lbs. It went surprisingly well and gives me a ton of confidence going forward since this would be a 5 lb. PR for me if it were straight weight. Since we’re only using a reverse monster mini band, that isn’t a stretch.

Hamstring curls

3 sets of 15 reps

Leg extensions

2 sets of 20 reps

Good girl

2 sets of 20 reps

Bad girl

2 sets of 20 reps

  • That was the end of it. This was a good, but very late session after the gear flip-flopping. I’m pretty sure we finished up around 1am.

2/3/2016, Wednesday night deadlift training

My deadlift training has been nothing short of a disaster this training cycle. I’ve had a bunch of nagging injuries that just didn’t let me pull the way I wanted to (or hardly at all for that matter) and I haven’t taken the time to pull in gear (stupid, I know)… But I’ve always been good when it comes to crunch time. So this night I decided to throw on my Inzer Leviathan Ultra Pro with no briefs to pull in. Fingers crossed…

Warm up

Bird dogs, McGill’s, Cat/Camel, BW squat, Glute bridges


135×10, 225×6, 315×3

Suit bottom


Straps up

505×1, 605×1, 700×1 (last 2 on video)

  • These weren’t everything I’ve hoped and dreamed for, but it is a relief to know that I can still safely open around 700, and have a shot at pulling a PR. It would be nice if I could get in a good deadlift cycle some time, but until then I’ll just keep doing what I have been and relying on my squatting and a ton of upper back work to carry me. So far, so good.


3 sets of 12 reps

1 set of 8 reps (tweaked my right biceps a bit here, so I called it good)

Machine shrugs

3 sets for 100 total reps

Hammer curls

3 light sets of 15-20 reps to get a bunch of blood into the biceps that I tweaked.

  • That’s it. I was on the road. There was no bench training this week because I had the flu on Sunday and Monday. It was not fun, and also the reason I waited til Wednesday to pull instead of the usual Tuesday night session. When I take that into account, I can’t be too mad that the 700 wasn’t as snappy as what I’m used to. I also noticed when I reviewed the video, that I was not nearly tight enough on the bar when I initiated the pull from the floor. Its been a long time since I’ve pulled in a suit, so I need to get used to that proper setup and tightness again. I’m sure I’ll get that dialed in next time I pull and things will go even better. Another example of why video review is soooo important.



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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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