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ehopkins932
03-28-2010, 05:12 PM
I did a raw meet for the APA in Edison, NJ yesterday; it definitely went well. Weighed in at 158.5 the night before, ate/drank all day.

I starting foam rolling/dynamic stretching for the squats pretty much right when I got there. I couldn't loosen up my lower back or hips for **** and I was a bit worried. It felt like a wasn't getting depth and my back was rounding a little, but another lifter informed me that it I was getting depth on the warm-ups. It felt like I wasn't able to sit back right. Still, I opened with 315 and it felt light, which it should have. 350 was my 2nd; it felt pretty easy too. My main goal was to hit 385 for this meet, since 380 was the world record for my division. It felt really heavy when I unracked it, walking it out would have been hell. On my way up, I lost my balance a bit and my weight was on my toes, but I still got it. Here are the squat vids:

315: http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=315sq.flv
350: http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=350sq.flv
385: http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=385sq.flv

Warm-ups for bench felt good. The bench was a little low, but the big problem was that the uprights were fixed and the one sitting was like 2 inches too high, so I couldnt tuck my shoulders all the way. Opened at 190, felt good. Hit 210 for my second, the lock-out was kind of tough. 225 was just too heavy and I only got it 2 inches off my chest. I think I might have gotten 225 if I could have set up probably, but Im still happy with how things went.

190 - Wouldn't upload to photobucket for some reason. Not a problem
210 - http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=210bench.flv&newest=1
225 (miss) - http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=225benchmiss.flv&newest=1

Warms-ups for deads felt alright, speed was a bit slow, but this is always the case for me. It took a while for the lifting to start after I was done warming up, so Ill take more time next time. Opened with 300, came off the floor easy enough. 315 for the second, came off the floor a bit slower. 330 for the third, came off the floor and I was thinking **** yea because whenever that happens I can lock it out.

300 - http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=300dead.flv&newest=1
315 - http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=315dead.flv&newest=1
330 - http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a60/The_Teen_Titan/APA%20Mar%2027%202010/?action=view&current=330dead.flv&newest=1

Totaled 925, which was my goal (100lb PR from December 6th). It was definitely a great day and I met some cool people.

joey54
03-28-2010, 05:51 PM
Always great to hit a goal and even better to set a new one.

skinny99
03-28-2010, 06:34 PM
Great liftin man!

Brian C
03-29-2010, 07:56 AM
Great job pal!

ScottYard
03-29-2010, 11:06 AM
Nice work.

AdamBAG
03-29-2010, 12:46 PM
Nice job!

thebigman135
03-29-2010, 01:59 PM
Hey man i was competing in this meet also.I was the big asian guy lol did bench only. Your lifts looked great , very strong for your bodyweight and age.

ehopkins932
03-29-2010, 02:03 PM
Thanks everyone, I appreciate it. Bigman, I remember you lol. Nice job benching, you hit like 550ish right?

thebigman135
03-29-2010, 03:13 PM
Yea i was operating the mono lift for you guys while you were warming up for squats. I hit 575 on my third attempt. I was really disappointed in my lifting, was hoping to hit in the 700s but everything that could have, went wrong, Those benches really sucked didn't they?

ehopkins932
03-29-2010, 04:01 PM
Yea man the benches were ****ing aweful. The uprights were way too high for me so I couldnt tuck my shoulder blades in and they were so low it was hard for me to get leg drive. A lot of guys looked uncomfortable on it too. Its run well but I dont think Ill do another meet again because of that reason.

When do you plan on competing next? The WNPF USA Championships are in AC in July I think...Ill probably do those.

thebigman135
03-29-2010, 04:55 PM
Not sure to be honest, i may cut down to 275 but im not sure as of now. What gym do you usually train at?

ehopkins932
03-29-2010, 05:10 PM
I just train by myself in my house. Im in New Providence. You train with Skiba's crew in Carteret right?

vdizenzo
03-29-2010, 07:15 PM
Excellent!

thebigman135
03-29-2010, 07:33 PM
Hey vinnie I was the kid who sent you the youtube video of me benching and asked for a few tips.I wanted to thank you for taking the time to help me out. I worked on getting my shoulders tucked and not pushing them up.

one rep under
03-31-2010, 11:50 AM
great lifting!