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vdizenzo
01-30-2010, 10:02 PM
I fought hard through this training cycle. I fought hard through this meet. I have a lot I want to say, but I am absolutely spent both physically and emotionally. So it's just video for now.

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Sidior
01-30-2010, 10:10 PM
Great job Vin, you earned it!

joey54
01-30-2010, 10:19 PM
Great job Vincent!

Eric Downey
01-30-2010, 10:22 PM
very nice vin. good work bro

teeroy
01-30-2010, 10:40 PM
Amazing work Vincent!

RayceeIII
01-30-2010, 10:43 PM
Right on! Great benching!

mastermonster
01-30-2010, 11:39 PM
Awesome benches Vinnie! The weight moved very fast. Congrats on the big PRs and the Masters WR! Didn't realize you were already a master! Welcome to the club!

george okunev
01-31-2010, 01:52 AM
awsome lifting Vincent. that is a big pr. is it 20lbs over your prev pb. What a way to come back the platform. So whats next on the cards?

NickAus
01-31-2010, 02:26 AM
Very good, well done mate you must be very happy!!

Congrats Vinnie!!

jtteg_x
01-31-2010, 02:51 AM
that 820 look scary. that's some good benching alright. watching your videos makes me want to pick up a metal ace

Travis Bell
01-31-2010, 06:02 AM
Awesome Vin!!!

You killed those benches! Super fast

Chris Smith
01-31-2010, 06:41 AM
Congrats Vin. Great Benching--moving that weight fast.

skinny99
01-31-2010, 07:46 AM
Good Job man!

Pete22
01-31-2010, 07:53 AM
Congrats on the PRs!

Ryano
01-31-2010, 07:55 AM
Congrats, I knew 8+ was going in the books for you again.

drew
01-31-2010, 08:27 AM
Congratulations again Vin. You worked so hard for this, I'm proud of you big guy. You deserve it. SFW!

Lones Green
01-31-2010, 08:47 AM
Very nice work Vincent, you deserved every pound of that 820.

For those of us who followed you through this last training cycle, you showed us a perfect example of perseverance.

Barbaccio
01-31-2010, 08:49 AM
Amazing power Vin. Congratulations, I know that lift meant alot to you. Awesome lifting.

huskybear
01-31-2010, 08:57 AM
Amazing work Vin!

Missing that 810 then smashing your way to a PR and WR... EPIC!!!!

Great great job!

Beverly McD.
01-31-2010, 09:04 AM
Thanks for posting the video Vin. No wonder you're tired! Congratulations on such a strong bench.

Tim K
01-31-2010, 09:04 AM
Your second attempt at 810 was damned quick - a very clean, well executed bench. After watching that bench, I knew 820 was a done deal even before you got the handoff. Exciting benching! Congrats Vinny!

mosley1990
01-31-2010, 11:14 AM
Those were so fast! Great job, Vincent!

h.t.hall
01-31-2010, 11:32 AM
Mt Dizenzo ,congratulations on a very strong bench !
I 've been following your log in elitefts and have 2 questions for you:

-what shirt did you use
-are the last 2-3 weeks before meets you do always like that? Almost exclusively with light training,walks and cardio ,or was there some type of injury involved ? At some point i thought you were no longer going to do the meet.

1400total
01-31-2010, 11:58 AM
ok, so you just benched what i am trying to squat! Great job vince

AdamBAG
01-31-2010, 12:38 PM
Hell of a bench Vincent! Nice job!

ehopkins932
01-31-2010, 12:50 PM
Awesome benching man! I was there but only saw your first attempt (had to take mom out for birthday dinner). Its amazing watching you guys bench. Congrats!

Raleighwood
01-31-2010, 01:15 PM
Incredible. I cannot fathom what it feels like to manhandle 820lbs over your chest.

Ermantroudt
01-31-2010, 01:34 PM
I am very happy for you Vin, Congratulations!

Brian C
01-31-2010, 02:36 PM
Congrats Vin!

J Stottlemire
01-31-2010, 02:44 PM
Congrats Vinny, you deserve this whith what you have been through! Awesome

MarcusWild
01-31-2010, 04:07 PM
Congrats on the PR!

Rob Luyando
01-31-2010, 05:26 PM
No doubt in my mind I could of told you the results before the meet! Definately badd ass! Congrats!

Brian Hopper
01-31-2010, 06:59 PM
Awesome job Vin!!!!

Nicky
01-31-2010, 07:52 PM
WOW 8 effin 20!!!

robchris
01-31-2010, 08:07 PM
Powerful bench Vin...! Congrates on your WR!!!

brauny96
01-31-2010, 08:38 PM
You earned every pound on that bar vince. Great job.

vdizenzo
01-31-2010, 08:46 PM
Thanks so much everyone. You are all so incredibly f'ing cool. All of your support has helped more than you'll ever know.

It's long, but this is the write up from my log:

Meet write up from 1/30/10 IPA New Jersey State Open

As many of you know, I lost my brother a little over a month ago. Originally I was planning on competing in the Lexen next weekend, but I just did not have that trip in me. There was a part of me that thought about not competing at all. Well, I got so many calls, texts, emails, and posts that I should continue to train. So I found a meet close to home and forged ahead. Thanks everyone.

So I started meet day with the handsome Karsten "DD" Luca and Matt "MFR" Rhodes showing up at my house for a quick drive to Jersey. My lovely wife Jessica served as our chauffeur and cooler carrier. As soon as I arrived, I went and weighed in. I ended up being 299. I was 288 last week and that was a little more than I wanted to cut to go 275 so I plumped up a little for the meet.

The flights were posted. There was to be one flight of squatters and two flights of benchers. There would be a 30-40 minute break after the squats and then the bench only flight would go. I started warming up when the squats began. When I bench on Friday nights, I take my time. From warmups to the last bench, the session can go close the 3 hours. So I make sure to plan accordingly at the meet. I rolled my pecs with a softball, and the rest of my body with a therapy stick. Then I swung an indian club to open up my shoulders, stretch out my pecs, and my wrists. After that I did 4 sets of 10 each of pushups, jumping jacks, and bodyweight squats. I had one last thing to do before I got on a bench to start moving weights. I took a permanent marker out and wrote my brother's initials on my forearms.

So I got on a bench and took the following warmups: the barx50, 135x10, 225x10, 315x3, 405x1, 495x1. I almost forgot to mention, I was sitting on one of my shirts and I had my wife sitting on the other throughout the squat flight. I think it helps to warm up the shirts. So now I popped on my bigger Ace bench shirt. I took 585x1 to a 2 board and 675x1 to a one baord.

Now to the lifting. I took 725 for a nice easy opener, three whites. I was happy because I was in the meet and took the IPA master world record with that lift, but that's not really what I was looking for. I put on my smaller Ace bench shirt and went for 810 next. The weight got away from me on the way down and started drifting off to one side. One of my training partners Brian, called for them to take it. So I headed back to my seat while the rest of the crew tended to our training partner Tee Tee (who by the way, ended up with an incredibly easy 855 for the day). I did not get down, I had missed a few lifts in training and always came back to get them no matter what it took. When I got ready to take the 810 again, I stopped thinking. I stopped thinking about finally getting a new pr, doing it for my brother, keeping my toes up, squeezing the bar, should I wet my shirt down, etc. When the time came, I wrapped my wrists and told Karsten just to take the slack out of my shirt and belt it. We had pulled the collar up, down, and all around for the past couple of months. I did not need any tricks, I just needed to do what I know how to do. I got under the bar, Rhodes gave me a perfect lift, and I smashed it. If there was 850+ on the bar that lift, it would have went. Everything just lined up. So after a quick celebration I asked for a 4th to take the IPA 308 open record. It was 815, so I figured 820 should do. Well, everything was going wrong with the lift, it began to drift on one side, I cocked my wrists back, it took forever to touch, but I persevered, got a press call, and drove it up for three whites. It felt awesome.

I have to thank a ton of people for this great day. My family, especially my wife, parents, and my sister-in-law, we have all pulled together during a really rough time in our lives. The unbelievable amount of people from the powerlifting community who have reached out to me. There are so many of you that I really can't name you all. However, I do have to mention our training crew: Brian, Drew, Josh, Karsten, Kristen (yes, we bench with a chick and I hope that's how she spells her name), Rhodes (your not an outsider even though you moved to the land of the bad accent) and Tee. You are all incredible. You are family to me. It's hard not to succeed when you have the support that we do. I look forward to helping you all hit some new pr's yourselves. I do feel a need to thank Travis Bell, Rob Luyando, and Dave Tate for saying the right things at the right time to keep me going. Thanks to my extended family here at WBB and over at team EFS. Last but not least, I really appreciate my sponsors AtLargeNutrition and EliteFTS. I have great supplements, great gear, and great support from two companies that really support powerlifting.

In parting I want to say what a great meet Gene and Ame Rychlak, John Bott, Mark Chaillet, and Carl Seeker ran. The judging was fair and consistent. The venue was great. The equipment was awesome. It was a very well run meet and I was proud to be a part of it. The IPA is really making a great presence all over the northeast now.

ThomasG
01-31-2010, 09:14 PM
Good job vin! I know how tough it is to lose a family member. I lost my sister this month last year. And when everyone tells you to keep training they're right. Training has helped me cope through the pain so much as I'm sure it has you.

ScottYard
02-01-2010, 09:01 AM
Awesome Job Vinny!

bencher8
02-01-2010, 09:37 AM
Nice lifting vin! Cool to see you keeping with it and smashing weights!

skinny99
02-01-2010, 09:41 AM
Great write up! Sometimes hard to put in words your feelings and thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

Chris Rodgers
02-01-2010, 03:18 PM
Congrats on the big PR and new WR's Vin!! I am still trying to figure out if the 805 that you absolutely smashed was more impressive or the 820 that you had to stay with when it seemed like it was going out of groove, only to stay in there and drive it back up! Great effort!

vdizenzo
02-02-2010, 05:08 AM
Continued thanks everyone. It's not getting old at all :)


Good job vin! I know how tough it is to lose a family member. I lost my sister this month last year. And when everyone tells you to keep training they're right. Training has helped me cope through the pain so much as I'm sure it has you.

I'm really sorry to hear about your sister. While going through this I see how many have lost someone close. You never truly know what it means until it happens to you.

Thanks to all those that have shared with me. Many have done so in calls, emails, and pm's which is very personal, but you know who you are and I am thankful.


Congrats on the big PR and new WR's Vin!! I am still trying to figure out if the 805 that you absolutely smashed was more impressive or the 820 that you had to stay with when it seemed like it was going out of groove, only to stay in there and drive it back up! Great effort!

Yeah, the 810 was almost anticlimactic, nah, not really. I have wanted a shirted up pr for a long time. The 820 was purely self preservation. Thanks.

Ruff Riff
02-02-2010, 11:47 AM
Congrats!

AZBengoshi
02-02-2010, 12:39 PM
Awesome write-up and great lifting. Thanks for sharing.

vdizenzo
02-03-2010, 07:06 AM
Mt Dizenzo ,congratulations on a very strong bench !
I 've been following your log in elitefts and have 2 questions for you:

-what shirt did you use
-are the last 2-3 weeks before meets you do always like that? Almost exclusively with light training,walks and cardio ,or was there some type of injury involved ? At some point i thought you were no longer going to do the meet.

Thanks. I was using the Metal Ace Pro Bench Shirt. I used a size 66 to open with, then a 62 for the subsequent attempts.

Yes, the last two weeks before a meet are mostly light work and conditioning. That last week is even lighter and the conditioning is pretty much just walking. I go for my heaviest lift 3 to 4 weeks out. At that point, all of the work should be done. You don't get stronger in the last month of training, you get stronger all the months before. That is whey I plan out my off season training. That last month is just to dial things in and try to keep the body as healthy as possible. During that time I successfully rehabbed a nagging shoulder problem.

Hope this helped.