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Three weeks ago I traveled to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete at the NAPF Regional Championships. My only goal of this meet was to earn my spot at the World Games in 2017. The top male lifter, scored by Wilks, receives an invite to the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland next summer. I knew just getting my openers would be good enough to earn best lifter, so I took some token openers and jumped to my regular openers and finished the meet with a 1,025 lb. Squat, 783 lb. Bench Press, and 717 lb. Deadlift for a 2,525 lb. Total. This is 278 lbs. below my total from the Arnold (2,803#) but I just needed to hit my openers on this day.
The next meet coming up for me is the 2016 IPF World Championships in Orlando, FL on November 19th. This will be the biggest meet of my life simply because winning the World Championship last year in Luxembourg barely eluded me.
My training cycle for this competition has started out well and I’ve squatted 1,025 lbs, bench pressed 805 lbs, and deadlifted 805 lbs already in the first two weeks of my training cycle before ramping up to heavier weight in the next few weeks. I currently have 10 more weeks until the championships arise which will come upon me extremely fast. My body is not entirely healthy and I’ve been racking up a few injuries over the past few years because I compete too often and never let myself rest. But I will not let injuries slow me down from winning the World Championship this year. There have been a lot of rumors and speculation on who may be competing in the SHW weight class and who may not be coming. But none of this matters to me or affects me. It goes in one ear and out the other. I am preparing for all of the best superheavyweights in the world to be there and in full health, so I will be bringing my A game.
I will not predict numbers or reveal my goals for this meet, simply that I will win and I will do whatever numbers I need to in order to win.
I look forward to November 19th and to step on the platform at the IPF World Championships and represent my country.
You can find Blaine Sumner’s website at https://www.blainesumner.com/. Blaine offers customized programming and coaching services, in addition to his highly successful e-book, “Gorilla Warfare”.
HISTORY OF POWERLIFTING, WEIGHTLIFTING, AND STRENGTH TRAINING PART 92: ’TIS THE SEASON? Part One
By Dr. Ken
The title of this blog, or article as I continue my slow and agonizing journey into the jargon of the modern computer era, does not refer to “Deck the Halls,” the mid-1800s song about Christmas nor to the few months preceding the actual Christmas holiday. Once again dating myself and clearly attaching the label of “older guy” to my lifting singlet, I would like to inform the younger generations of lifters that there used to be an actual “Powerlifting Season.”
Both major and minor sports, athletic activities at all levels from Pop Warner and Little Leagues through collegiate programs, and the relatively obscure amateur activities like the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (Roller Derby) has “a season.” A competitive season in any sport allows one to build their strength and skill to the point that they can compete for and hopefully win a specific championship. An off-season then allows for rest, recovery, the healing of injuries, and the opportunity to plan a program of preparation that will allow for the obviation of weak or negative aspects of one’s performance. With the advantage of a playing and coaching background in football and having sons who played college football and now coach at the highest levels of college and professional football with the added perspective of my family’s participation spanning a number of decades, allow me to explain how “the seasons” actually were and remain structured and then apply the concept to powerlifting.
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