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Are You Testing Strength or Building It? (Athlete Journal 16)
It’s not sustainable to kill it in the gym every week. So when your body asks for a few weeks off, just do it.
It's All About Speed (Athlete Journal 15)
The loads were light this week, as the focus for the next two weeks is compensatory acceleration training.
Testing My Max (Athlete Journal 14)
Last week I tested my maxes and had a mock meet to help gauge where I am and where I need to improve.
A Killer Training Week (Athlete Journal 13)
The craziest thing happened this week: all of my lifts felt amazing, on every workout.
Training During the Holidays (Athlete Journal 12)
I took Thanksgiving off to be with my family and missed my deadlifts, but otherwise it was a good training week.
Keeping It Simple, Smolov-Style (Athlete Journal 11)
My next plan sticks to basics and mirrors the infamous Smolov cycle.
Post-Competition Reflections (Athlete Journal 10)
This week I reflected on my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats after my last powerlifting meet.
My Last Powerlifting Meet of 2014 (Athlete Journal 9)
My last meet of the year was full of ups and downs, but overall I'm happy with how things went.
Powerlifting Meet Preparation: Practicing Commands (Athlete Journal 8)
This was my last week of training, and the focus was on hitting my commands and picking out my attempts.
The Benefits of Deloading (Athlete Journal 5)
It's easy to get caught up in the desire to make gains and forget about rest.
Why You Need Free Time in the Gym (Athlete Journal 4)
Having a day to blow off some steam and do things you don't always do in the gym can have profound effects on your training and performance. Try it.
Is It Possible to Squat Too Much? (Athlete Journal 3)
After a few days of struggling to make it up the stairs, I figured it was time to make some revisions to my training plan.
Six Weeks Isn't Much Time (Athlete Journal 2)
I’ll be training four times per week and dramatically increasing my volume for the six weeks before my next powerlifting meet.
How I Got Started in Competitive Powerlifting (Athlete Journal 1)
I had been lifting heavy for a few years, but never had a goal to work towards. I decided it was time to compete.
5 Training Tips From Champion Powerlifter Chris Duffin
Chris Duffin is a really strong guy, and his training logs provide a lot of insight for anyone who wants to get stronger.
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Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 88 - 5x5 Bench at 425lbs
I hit some pretty high volume at the beginning of this week. I continued doing the SSB squats with chains and have also started using the ab wheel on my days off.
Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 87 - Cycling Down
After the last couple weeks of heavy volume it was time to cycle it down a little. The timing worked well as I had to take a day off from training anyway.
Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 86 - Massive Volume
I've been coming off a cold this last week, but nevertheless I hit some epic lifts on my squat and deadlift, as well as some awesome volume on benching.
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