Strength Sports http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/2021/all en Are You Testing Strength or Building It? (Athlete Journal 16) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/are-you-testing-strength-or-building-it-athlete-journal-16 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/are-you-testing-strength-or-building-it-athlete-journal-16" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/screenshot2015-01-12at112906am_0.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">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. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Week two of compensatory acceleration.</strong> Since the focus was speed, I kept most of my lifts around the same weight. Compared to last week, I increased the height of my box jumps, but primarily kept all of the weights the same. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><strong>CATCH UP: <a href="http://bit.ly/1sbcXbq" target="_blank">It&#39;s All About Speed (Athlete Journal 15)</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/are-you-testing-strength-or-building-it-athlete-journal-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal athlete journals breakingmuscle Dinner powerlifting strength sports Strength Sports Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000 29026 at http://breakingmuscle.com It's All About Speed (Athlete Journal 15) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/its-all-about-speed-athlete-journal-15 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/its-all-about-speed-athlete-journal-15" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/img2674.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The loads were light this week, as the focus for the next two weeks is compensatory acceleration training. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">It&rsquo;s all about speed, baby. <strong>After squatting heavy and often for three weeks, these next two weeks are focused solely on speed. </strong>I&#39;ll be using explosive movements and short rest periods, and will essentially take a deload from moving heavy weights. I had free reign with my programming for these two weeks, but I chose my movements wisely.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/its-all-about-speed-athlete-journal-15" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle compensatory acceleration training powerlifting speed strength speed training Strength Sports Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000 28666 at http://breakingmuscle.com Testing My Max (Athlete Journal 14) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/testing-my-max-athlete-journal-14 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/testing-my-max-athlete-journal-14" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/img2556.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Last week I tested my maxes and had a mock meet to help gauge where I am and where I need to improve. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>This week was a pretend meet, so I rested and did cardio as I typically have to cut weight on a week like this. </strong>As far as testing maxes in a gym setting versus testing them at a powerlifting meet goes, there are lots of ups and downs. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">First, let&rsquo;s look at the positives of a pretend meet:</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Warming up</li> <li> Testing maxes</li> <li> Cost and ease of use</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/testing-my-max-athlete-journal-14" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal athlete journals breakingmuscle lifting powerlifting strength sports Strength Sports Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 28431 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Killer Training Week (Athlete Journal 13) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/a-killer-training-week-athlete-journal-13 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/a-killer-training-week-athlete-journal-13" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/powerliftingsquat1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The craziest thing happened this week: all of my lifts felt amazing, on every workout. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The craziest thing happened this week: all of my lifts felt amazing!</strong> I typically have one day per week where I have a killer workout, but this week the wheels were rollin.&rsquo; After complaining about my five sets of seven last week, I killed &#39;em this week.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201412/powerliftingsquat1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/a-killer-training-week-athlete-journal-13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal athlete journals breakingmuscle powerlifter powerlifting strength and conditioning strength sports Strength Sports Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 28071 at http://breakingmuscle.com Training During the Holidays (Athlete Journal 12) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/training-during-the-holidays-athlete-journal-12 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/training-during-the-holidays-athlete-journal-12" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/screenshot2014-12-05at33027pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I took Thanksgiving off to be with my family and missed my deadlifts, but otherwise it was a good training week. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Another day, another dollar. This week was great. I was already squatting and benching so often before this training cycle that<strong> after my first week of being sore due to new rep ranges my body decided it didn&rsquo;t hate me.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201412/img2387.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/training-during-the-holidays-athlete-journal-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals breakingmuscle powerlifting strength and conditioning strength sports weight lifting Strength Sports Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27881 at http://breakingmuscle.com Keeping It Simple, Smolov-Style (Athlete Journal 11) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/athlete-journal-11 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/athlete-journal-11" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/img2544.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">My next plan sticks to basics and mirrors the infamous Smolov cycle. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">And we&rsquo;re back to the grind! <strong>This week was super tough, but before I get into the details, let&rsquo;s recap where I am in my training cycle.&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201411/img2544.jpg" /></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/athlete-journal-11" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal athlete journals breakingmuscle powerlifting strength sports Strength Sports Mon, 01 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27606 at http://breakingmuscle.com Post-Competition Reflections (Athlete Journal 10) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/post-competition-reflections-athlete-journal-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/post-competition-reflections-athlete-journal-10" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/img2674.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This week I reflected on my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats after my last powerlifting meet. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">With my last competition of the season in the books, it&rsquo;s now time to reflect on this meet in order to improve before my next trip to the platform.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/post-competition-reflections-athlete-journal-10" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal athlete journals breakingmuscle competition powerlifting weightlifting meet Strength Sports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27471 at http://breakingmuscle.com My Last Powerlifting Meet of 2014 (Athlete Journal 9) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/my-last-powerlifting-meet-of-2014-athlete-journal-9 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/my-last-powerlifting-meet-of-2014-athlete-journal-9" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/img2670.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">My last meet of the year was full of ups and downs, but overall I'm happy with how things went. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Meet week! Let&rsquo;s jump right into it.</strong> I <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/size-does-matter-managing-weight-cutting-in-weightlifting" target="_blank">made weight </a>at 165lb and made sure to hydrate and eat before my first lift, as there were hours before I started. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/my-last-powerlifting-meet-of-2014-athlete-journal-9" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals breakingmuscle competition powerlifting weightlifting meet Strength Sports Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27241 at http://breakingmuscle.com Powerlifting Meet Preparation: Practicing Commands (Athlete Journal 8) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/powerlifting-meet-preparation-practicing-commands-athlete-journal-8 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/powerlifting-meet-preparation-practicing-commands-athlete-journal-8" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/screenshot2014-11-07at21656pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This was my last week of training, and the focus was on hitting my commands and picking out my attempts. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Crunch time! <strong>This was my last week of training, and the focus was on hitting my commands and picking out my attempts.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/powerlifting-meet-preparation-practicing-commands-athlete-journal-8" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition meet powerlifter powerlifting weightlifting meet Strength Sports Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:00:00 +0000 27011 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Benefits of Deloading (Athlete Journal 5) http://breakingmuscle.com/bodybuilding/the-benefits-of-de-loading-athlete-journal-5 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/bodybuilding/the-benefits-of-de-loading-athlete-journal-5" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/screenshot2014-10-17at23129pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's easy to get caught up in the desire to make gains and forget about rest. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Deload. Taper. Unload. Backoff. Rest.</strong> Whatever you want to call it, it&rsquo;s never a fun week. As athletes we don&rsquo;t only grow and get stronger in the gym. We also progress when we recover. A deload is a planned week for resting and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-your-recovery-relates-directly-to-your-performance" target="_blank">recovering</a>, in order to come back that much stronger.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/bodybuilding/the-benefits-of-de-loading-athlete-journal-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle deload powerlifting rest weightlifting Strength Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26051 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why You Need Free Time in the Gym (Athlete Journal 4) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/why-you-need-free-time-in-the-gym-athlete-journal-4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/why-you-need-free-time-in-the-gym-athlete-journal-4" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/img2544.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">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. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Another great week of training is in the books.</strong> I have been so fickle with my deadlifting throughout this program, but I finally settled. <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/is-it-possible-to-squat-too-much-athlete-journal-3" target="_blank">Squatting four times per week</a> definitely did its number on my lower back, so I wasn&rsquo;t planning on pulling too heavy when I first jumped into this new six-week training cycle.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/why-you-need-free-time-in-the-gym-athlete-journal-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals breakingmuscle Strength Sports Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000 25886 at http://breakingmuscle.com Is It Possible to Squat Too Much? (Athlete Journal 3) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/is-it-possible-to-squat-too-much-athlete-journal-3 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/is-it-possible-to-squat-too-much-athlete-journal-3" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/img2570.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">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. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>With my first week of my next training cycle in the books, it&rsquo;s time to make a few revisions.</strong> I must have been out of my mind thinking I could have a day of pause squats with five-second pauses while <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/squat-therapy-4-drills-for-a-better-squat" target="_blank">squatting </a>four times per week and then safely make it up the stairs.&nbsp; </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/is-it-possible-to-squat-too-much-athlete-journal-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals breakingmuscle powerlifting squats strength sports Strength Sports Sun, 05 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000 25441 at http://breakingmuscle.com Six Weeks Isn't Much Time (Athlete Journal 2) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/six-weeks-isnt-much-time-athlete-journal-2 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/six-weeks-isnt-much-time-athlete-journal-2" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/img2562cropsm.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I’ll be training four times per week and dramatically increasing my volume for the six weeks before my next powerlifting meet. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Exhausted, sluggish, yet still breathing. </strong>I finally get to enjoy a rest day, after weeks and weeks of hard work. My previous twelve-week training cycle culminated in a 63lb gain across my three lifts, yet with only six weeks before my next meet, there&rsquo;s no time for rest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201409/img2562cropsm.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/six-weeks-isnt-much-time-athlete-journal-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals breakingmuscle deload powerlifting strength training Strength Sports Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000 24981 at http://breakingmuscle.com How I Got Started in Competitive Powerlifting (Athlete Journal 1) http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/how-i-got-started-in-competitive-powerlifting-athlete-journal-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/how-i-got-started-in-competitive-powerlifting-athlete-journal-1" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/img2382small.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I had been lifting heavy for a few years, but never had a goal to work towards. I decided it was time to compete. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Welcome Breaking Muscle readers! <strong>My name is Ryan Seaver, and I am here to share my training as a novice powerlifter. </strong>To start off, I&#39;ll tell you a bit about myself and how I found powerlifting.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/how-i-got-started-in-competitive-powerlifting-athlete-journal-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journal breakingmuscle powerlifter powerlifting strength sports Strength Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000 24766 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Training Tips From Champion Powerlifter Chris Duffin http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/5-training-tips-from-champion-powerlifter-chris-duffin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-sports/5-training-tips-from-champion-powerlifter-chris-duffin" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/chrisdsmalljpg.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Chris Duffin is a really strong guy, and his training logs provide a lot of insight for anyone who wants to get stronger. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/chris-duffin" target="_blank">Chris Duffin</a> is the general manager of an aerospace manufacturing company. </strong>He also happens to be the world record holder for the raw squat in the 220lb class. And lest we forget, he also holds a Guinness World Record for the most weight deadlifted in one minute at 17,010 pounds (42 reps of 405lbs). </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-sports/5-training-tips-from-champion-powerlifter-chris-duffin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete journals breakingmuscle Strength Sports Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 21796 at http://breakingmuscle.com