Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 2 – Going Old School

Chris digs out his old school powerlifting gear this week to prepare for the multiply nationals – his goal is to qualify for Worlds and also compete next year at the Arnold Sports Festival.

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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.

This 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

225×5

315×5

365×5

405×4

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

475×1

545×0

515×1

One-arm Snatch then Windmill

95×2/side

115×2/side

145×1/side

Overhead Tricep Extensions w/bands

Medium band x 16,20,20,20

WEDNESDAY

Squat

165×5

275×3

385×3

Add belt

495×1

Add wraps

565×1

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

605×1

715×1

785×1

825×1

900×1

825×1

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

135×5

245×3

335×3

425×2

515×1

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

605×1

700×0

Switch to over/under

700×1,1,1,1 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.