Sunday, August 26, 2012

taking minimalism to the maximimum

We are a few weeks out from our next meet.  The other day I was chatting with one of my athletes and had mentioned this experiment I did last year... figured I'd bring this post out of the archives.

2010 Deadlift training cycle 11 total working reps.

I made this after taking over a year off from competing or training any powerlifting movements and losing about 35 lbs in the process. I decided to get back in the swing of things and do a competition with a client of mine.  Since I was working so much and took a year to refocus on improving my movement patterns and build my business, I experimented with the absolute bare minimum I could do to prepare for a competition. I specified the rational and a couple thoughts on the training cycle in the link provided.

I honestly did no other heavy lifting than what you saw in this video. I want you to pay attention to how light I took it the 1st 5 weeks of the training cycle (compared to the end)... the last 3 weeks started getting a bit heavier. The week before looked really heavy and was a mega grind, and the pattern started breaking down a bit. De-loaded for a week, came into competition at a 10 on the nervous system scale and blew it out of the water.

I guess the point is, don't worry if your entire training cycle doesn't align exactly the way you want it to, what matters is coming in on that competition day, well rested, making sure your nervous system is at a 10 out of 10, setting realistic goals/expectations, and ready to showcase your hard work.  If you exceed those goals awesome, that's an added bonus!

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