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Justin Randal
10-18-2012, 09:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLX9K8mgfbU


A few weeks ago I decided that I would compete at an event (IronWars) that I've been putting together for the last 4-5 months. I knew it could turn out to be a pain in the ass but also knew I needed to knock the rust off. Fortunately I have recently taken on a partner to help run our meets and was confident he could handle it.

I didn't take squat or dead openers as it was a bit too close when I decided to compete and I already had a pretty good idea where I was at. I took my bench opener (500) 8 days out and missed it. I hadn't missed that in more than a year so it was a bit unnerving. By the next day I had the flu (which explained the missed opener) and it held on til last Wednesday. At this point I had no delusions about setting PR's but still needed to knock the rust off and honestly had never competed in my own gym as I had been the coordinator for most of the meets we'd had.

I didn't cut for the meet and weighed in at 253 which was a few pounds light (usually around 255-256 in the morning) for me so I upped the sodium and pounded starchy foods and pasta most of the day. By next morning I stepped on the scale at 259!

Squat
After stretching, warming up to 625 and smoking it I decided to bump my opener to 705.

Attempts:
1st- 705 good
2nd- 733 got forward and missed.
3rd- 733 Good! Smoke show for an 11# PR! Definitely had another 30-40# left in the tank .

Bench
I originally decided to open with 450ish after missing 500 the week prior, but bumped it to 490 after feeling good in the warm-up.

Attempts
1st- 490 good- Felt a pop in my pec on the way down but was able to press it easily. It went up so fast it I almost threw it in the rack!
2nd- 512 Good, Easy PR!!
3rd- Scratch. I know I had at least 530 but decided to shut it down after my pec started to throb a bit. I'll save the big press for the WCO in December. My press has honestly never felt so strong and I'm not taking any chances!

Deadlift

At this point my subtotal was 1245 and my energy was fairly depleted as I don't think I had fully recovered from the plague I had earlier in the week. I needed 705 if I as going to break 1950 and warm ups felt a bit tough. So after some consideration I took my last warm-up @ 605 and bumped my opener to 705. I know this likely sounds a bit crazy but I figured I was so tired that I might only get one shot at anything over 675ish.

Attempts
1st- 705 Good! Easier than I thought it would be!
2nd- 733 miss at mid thigh, almost had it!
3rd-decided to call it a day


Well after having the flu and weighing in 15 pounds lighter than my last meet I still managed to PR finishing the day with 733, 512, 705 for 1951 on the day and a good deal left on the platform!

Next stop 2000+ in Dec!!!

larsen540
10-18-2012, 09:58 AM
Dude nice job BFF

Brian Hopper
10-18-2012, 10:08 AM
Good job Justin!!!

ScottYard
10-18-2012, 05:10 PM
Great total. You Def left some in the bench. Nice work.

Justin Randal
10-20-2012, 01:09 AM
Thanks fellas!

I have a question for the more seasoned guys. I had origionally considered going 242 for the WCO in Dec but dont think I'll hit the #'s I'm chasing this year if I go that route. As of this morning I weighed 258 but am planning to get to 275 for the meet. I know how to increase the water mass but am considering doing most of it it in the next couple weeks (265+70ish0 so I have a few to get used to it and hopefully keep the extra weight from killing my pull then bloating the last bit the few days before the meet. The question is this- Should I put on the weight a bit more gradually or go balls out and put the weight on in the next couple weeks? Really my biggest concern is how it may effect my health holding on to it for that long. Does anybody have any experience with this?? Does this just sound crazy or could it work?? Any advice is apreciated!

ScottYard
10-20-2012, 04:55 AM
Thanks fellas!

I have a question for the more seasoned guys. I had origionally considered going 242 for the WCO in Dec but dont think I'll hit the #'s I'm chasing this year if I go that route. As of this morning I weighed 258 but am planning to get to 275 for the meet. I know how to increase the water mass but am considering doing most of it it in the next couple weeks (265+70ish0 so I have a few to get used to it and hopefully keep the extra weight from killing my pull then bloating the last bit the few days before the meet. The question is this- Should I put on the weight a bit more gradually or go balls out and put the weight on in the next couple weeks? Really my biggest concern is how it may effect my health holding on to it for that long. Does anybody have any experience with this?? Does this just sound crazy or could it work?? Any advice is apreciated!


Start eating now. Your squat will need time to adjust to the new weight. Your bench will love it and and your deadlift will not be an.issue. when I lost 25 lbs my pull didn't change. When I got into the 50-60 lb mark is when I saw a difference. If you can put on 10 lbs by December you will total 2000.

ScottYard
10-20-2012, 04:55 AM
Also. Don't forget to change your signature lol.

Rock1984
10-20-2012, 08:16 AM
Great lifts. Squatzzz were Deep!

vdizenzo
10-20-2012, 01:26 PM
Awesome lifting! You are solid as heck, I don't think the extra weight will screw up your dl. Try adding 1000 extra calories after your training. Your body will love it and it well help get that bw up like you want.

Tim K
10-20-2012, 02:34 PM
That was some inspirational lifting! Big total! Looking forward to you breaking 2,000 lbs!

Rob Luyando
10-21-2012, 06:30 PM
Solid lifting Justin! Careful adding weight. Once you start it is hard to stop. I was 220 once. But you are smarter so do it the right way. Try CBL and go nuts on carb loading after training.

Justin Randal
10-25-2012, 11:07 PM
Thanks fellas!

Rob- CBL will keep me skinny.

Vin- Lets hope so! I know my bench and squat will be better for it so it's worth having the bigger total if it hinders my pull.

Justin Randal
11-01-2012, 01:55 PM
Just an update on this. I am sitting at 269 as of this morning and plan to level off here (Maybe go as high as low 70's). Boy do I feel bloated and my pulls felt like ass last night! Cant wait to press sunday and squat next wed!!!!

J L S
11-01-2012, 03:25 PM
I have a question of my own, how the hell did you put that extra weight on haha!?