EDITOR'S NOTE: Welcome to the Athlete Journal of world champion powerlifter Chris Duffin. Follow Chris as he trains and competes in various events over the coming year. Chris's journal will be posted every Tuesday. You can also read about Chris on his personal website Kabuki Warrior.

 

Athlete Journal, Entry 39 - How a Powerlifter Recovers From the Flu

 

Well, I started out the week with a 24-hour stomach flu on Sunday but recovered by Monday, with the exception of my weight. I’m continuing to lean out, but the strength decline with the weight loss has disappeared and I seem to be gaining some strength again.

 

MONDAY

Floor Press

45x10

135x5

225x5

315x5

335x2

385x5

 

Dips

Bodyweightx12

Bodyweight+120x10,8,6

 

Grappler Shoulder Press

X10,10,10

 

Sled Side & Front Delt Raises

5 sets each

 

WEDNESDAY

Squat

135x5,5

225x5

315x5

405x3

495x2

585x5,5

I went for a 6th rep on the second set and tweaked my right leg in same spot as I did in early January. Felt a little tearing but walked away feeling pretty good, but I went ahead and took the rest of the workout easy.

 

GHR #2 position (usually do at one setting easier)

25,25,25,25,25,25 = 150

 

AFS 1-leg Flexor press

100x20, 20 per side

 

FRIDAY

Fasted AM USP Labs style

Kettlebell Swings

53x60

44x60

35x60

 

Turkish Getups

50x10/side

 

Kettlebell Swings

53x40

44x10

35x60

 

Flat back no shoulder set Bench Press

135x40,25,20

 

SATURDAY

Was out of town for the weekend so I took a kettlebell with me to the hotel room I was staying at.

Fasted AM USP Labs style

 

Kettlebell Snatch

53x100 x 8min

2min rest

53x100 x 8min

 

Turkish Getup

20 total

 

This was my first time doing the kettlebell snatch. Technique has something to be desired and I need to learn pacing. However I really liked how they felt and how much they opened up my shoulders.

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