This was an interesting day. With the September TSC just around the corner (these things always sneak up on you), I'm considering competing in and possibly hosting an event.
So I better get pulling.
I remember in April at the RKC, Pavel said something that stuck with me. It wasn't the first time I have heard it, it just sunk in this time.
The phrase was, "(Comrades), If you want to get strong, use a moderate weight and lift it a lot."
The first time I heard this was form a former boss. My first 'real' job out of college was selling high end fitness equipment in a retail store. My boss was Doug Kortemeyer. Doug was a national champion OLY lifter, and one big dude, at 6' 5" and close to 300lbs, you had no choice but to listen.
We would talk training a lot and it always amazed me how his training loads were so 'light' compared to his competition loads. But his totals kept going up.
I realize now it all has to do with force, power, accelleration and a whole bunch of parabolic graphs that I'm not going to bore you with.
So here's what I did:
In keeping up with my ladders for pressing and pull ups, I just threw the deadlift in. Will it work? Don't know.
It was the high volume day so I did 5 ladders of 1,2,3
I loaded up the bar with my Elieko red and blue bumpers (which I got for free from Doug back in the day).
I pulled, pressed and did a pull up all in the ladder and took a whopping 4 minutes rest between ladders.
It felt really good, the 245 I was pulling was only about 60% of my former 1RM, but it was sufficient enough to let me know what I had gotten my self into. I plan to raise the weight slowly as the volume increases.
It's all in good fun.
One last note worth mentioning.
Kori and I participate in a fundraising event every year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's a 2 day 150 mile bike tour that runs up the coast of Lake Michigan from Mequon to Sturgeon Bay. It a lot of fun for a great cause.
Our goal is to raise $250 each for this cause.
If you'd like to learn more and find out how to donate Please check out Kori's Train Like a Girl Blog.