Brandon Lilly's Training Journal
Ok I have haphazardly kept a log here before, and I was hit or miss, but for various reasons I will be keeping my only log online here. So it will be updated, and if you like my training you will find it informative. I will also post all videos I make in here, I welcome any and all questions along with feedback on my own training.
I am currently training Raw for the June 23, XPC meet here in Columbus as I have already qualified for October I thought now would be a fine opportunity to see what Im made of without the protective gear.
My 2012 RPS Summerslam Meet Recap
I will start from the night before weigh ins. Thursday I had checked my weight several times and had been sitting perfectly at 310 lbs. I like to be within 2-4 lbs. the day before as this causes me no stress and I allow myself small snacks through out the day. I weighed myself one last time around 7:30 pm and I was 308 so I got a box of pasta, one lb. of hamburger, and pasta sauce and this was my dinner.
Weigh-ins were a breeze 308 on the dot, and it was time to eat. In the past I have force fed all day, and by the morning of the meet Ive many times felt awful and sluggish. I decided this time to eat just a few bites past full at every meal.
Right off the scale I took a mixture of Bounce Back (horse electrolytes you can buy at Tractor Supply) and Crystal Light. This fluid is crucial because it pulls fluid not just into the stomach but actually goes a step further and pulls nutrients into the muscle. Right off the scale I drank 16 oz. of this blend. Here is the rest of my day...
8am- 2 Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagels, 2 Biscuit and Gravy, 32 oz Coke.
930am- 32oz Carb/Electrolyte Mix, and 40 gram protein bar
12pm-7 rolls of Sushi, 3 Unagi Sashimi, 80oz of water
2pm-Protein/Carb/Electrolyte shake 32oz
4pm-Grafitti Burger w/Extra Bleu Cheese, Order of Fries, 32oz Cherry Coke
6pm-Light Workout sipped 16oz of Electrolyte Fluid
730pm-Beef Rigatoni in Vodka Sauce (2 Cups), 32oz Water
10pm-Mellow Mushroom Pepperoni Pizza, and Donnas Gourmet Cookies. Two cans of MT Dew.
12am-Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches with Milk
Sleep by 1 am.
I got up around 6:30 to pee and I decided to stay up from this point on. I went to Kroger to get some Caffeine pills, and grab some McDonalds. My friends were wanting IHOP, which I love deeply, but on meet day I wanted to stick with a breakfast I eat up to five days a week. Two bacon egg and cheese bagels, and two biscuit and gravy with a Large Coke.
I rolled back to the casa, picked up Jessica, and my handler and his girl. We proceeded to IHOP where we had some of the slowest service you could imagine, and I bumped into legendary George Halbert who gave me some advice, and I took this as sign the day was going to be great.
Walked into the Sports Complex on Kenny Rd. and knew it was gonna be extremely hot in there so I positioned a fan in my direction, arranged my cooler and bag so that every thing was easy access, and I sat down to stay cool. I checked the flight lists and there were gonna be two large flights instead of three small ones, I thought this may work out in our favor but I would find out it was gonna be a slug of a day. How one flight with 23 lifters can take over two hours is beyond me, but it was not due to Danny or the MC, lifters were just slow moving. So I warmed up extremely slow, for me I do weird warm ups any way so I tried to drink and eat a lot and stay cool.
225 x 10
405 x 3
495 x 1
610 x 1
At this point I was done with my warm ups so I grabbed a chair and sat two feet from the walkthrough to the platform as this place was very cool, and my walking distance to the platform was minimal.
740-Deep, fast easy squat. I knew the potential for a big squat was there, got my opener now I was just going to have fun.
800-Got super amped up (something I don't allow myself to do) and rushed the unpack, got on my toes but decided it felt so good on my back I'd just roll with it. Bad idea, I never corrected my forward position and once I reversed it I could tell it was gonna be more of a good morning than a squat so I called for them to take it.
800-Perfect unrack, took a second and got a little more air, down and up!!! Easy squat! I felt good for more but I had achieved my goal.
135 x 12
315 x 6
405 x 2
475-This lift was extremely easy, and in my mind it felt as an opener should. It left me with a lot of confidence going forward.
510-Danny was head judge now, and he told me before I laid down to make sure I held this one on my chest a hair longer so it didn't look like a touch and go. I touched, paused, and blasted it to the top. Now decision time... I felt very strong, but having not really practiced pausing this kind of weigh I decided to stay safe.
540-Corey Hayes, one of my handlers, told me to really squeeze my back hard and flex my triceps early out of the bottom. I did everything right and got it to the top, I slowed a little towards my lockout but think had I gone 550 it might have gone as well. This shows me Ive slacked off my raw lockout work a little bit, especially when incorporating a pause, but that is why we compete, to learn and test ourselves.
By the time deads had rolled around I was feeling very tired. Not from the meet, just from the heat of the building. It was 90 outside, and you actually felt relief going outside from inside. So I drank a lot of extra water in my downtime.
225 x 3
405 x 1
At this point water was just sloshing in my stomach and I was on the verge of vomitting for close to 30 minutes and prevented me from taking my last warm up.
715-Super fast, a little heavier in my hands than I wanted but I believe this was due to me not taking my last warm up.
765-This one felt like I wanted it to. Fast, quick off the floor, and it gave me confidence for the one pull I wanted. 800.
800-This lift was and will be a lift for me that proves myself to me. So many people told me after Westside I would get no better. I have. People told me I'd never get my deadlift going again. I have. So for me the 800 was huge. I took ammonia (I never take ammonia), I tightened my belt beyond normal, and I got really amped up (I never do this before a lift). I pulled the bar crazy fast off the floor but my ass shot up, and I damn near still stiff legged it. Son of a bitch. Because I got outside myself and did everything I never do I cost myself a chance at a lifetime goal.
2105 total. This is really just setting in to me. I hit every single goal for the day minus the 800 deadlift, but most importantly I had a blast doing so. This will definitely not be the last time I lift raw. I have much higher goals than the numbers I displayed, and that is not me being cocky, that is me being driven. I am extremely proud of my day, but I believe I can do more and I plan to do so.
I have so many people to thank. First and foremost, Jess. Being my partner in this endeavor and in life means more than you will ever know. Danny Dague, what can I say about the meets you put on and the gym you run? You stood by me when everyone else walked away, you gave me belief in myself when I had none. You are a true friend. All my Lexen teammates, Jimmy Harris, Pat, Ryan, Mike Roush, Mike Johnston, Lynn, Pete, Frank, The Underwoods, My man Grizz, Jake, Pud, Burke, Chuck, Jay and Anastasia, and Nate (I hope I didn't forget anyone) all of you guys made me better mentally and physically. My guys and girls in the SS group all of you know who you are, and Pegg, Alva, Swede you guys all texted me and kicked my ass when I needed it. Corey, and Caitlyn for coming up to help me, and be a source of constant support, and a set of ears to bounce my training off of, Lance for allowing me in your gym when Im home, Chris Mason and AtLarge for being the best supplement sponsor ever!!, Mark Bell, Chad Smith, Brian Carroll, the Lillibridges, Big Nasty Chad Walker, Mr. Smith, Frankl, and AJ Roberts, and all my Facebook friends this meet was for you all, because I was very down just a few months back and all of you guys helped me find myself again in some way shape or form. I will be better for all of you as well.