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I’m deciding to do a little bit of a ramp down/deload leading into Masters nationals in Baton Rouge.  Was originally planning on it just being another training day, but with my next meet being a long ways out I may as well hit a mini deload.

 

powerlifting, chris duffin, deadlifting, elite performance centerThis event is for multiply powerlifting, which is basically your unlimited event as far as the amount of support you chose to wear. I really want to place in the top three to qualify for Worlds, as well as to compete at the Arnold Classic next year. On the other hand I have not really worn any powerlifting gear for close to a year now. So to make it easy to be prepared in just a couple training sessions, and also make it interesting, I’m going to pull out some retro powerlifting gear from the 90s. I purchased these items around 2000 when I first started powerlifting and they were considered entry level at that time, as it is some of the first powerlifting gear from the 90s. 

 

This will be fun at the meet! But it also allowed me to figure out the gear in just a couple reps in one workout each because it is so forgiving. With the beginning of the deload there is a significant reduction in volume this week over what I normally do, and I was struggling with energy levels this week.

 

MONDAY

15min mobility work

Bench Press

135x10x10

225x5

315x5

365x5

405x4

Add Inzer blast shirt - think I bought it in 2000 and it was old school then.

475x1

545x0

515x1

 

One-arm Snatch then Windmill

95x2/side

115x2/side

145x1/side

 

Overhead Tricep Extensions w/bands

Medium band x 16,20,20,20

 

WEDNESDAY

Squat

165x5

275x3

385x3

Add belt

495x1

Add wraps

565x1

Add my Inzer hardcore suit - purchased this one in 2001 and again was obsolete at that time

605x1

715x1

785x1

825x1

900x1

825x1

 

Band Hamstring Curls

Medium x 30,30,30,30

 

FRIDAY

15min mobility work

 

Speed Bench

115+bands x 12ish sets of 3 reps w/20 seconds rest

 

One-arm Snatch and Windmill

Warm-ups then several singles per side w/135

 

Overhead Triceps Extensions with Sled

70x150ft x 2 sets

 

SATURDAY AM

Skipping speed squats

 

Deadlift – hook grip

135x5

245x3

335x3

425x2

515x1

Add suit – Inzer hardcore suit - purchased this one in 2001 and again was obsolete at that time

605x1

700x0

Switch to over/under

700x1,1,1,1 playing around with stance variations

 

I skipped all assistance work as my energy levels were just drained. I realized at this point I’ve been pushing my diet a little too hard lately as I’ve been feeling this way all week. I’m going to bump up my calories a little bit the next couple weeks to assist with recovery as well.

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