U.S. Open Powerlifting Training- Week 3/4 in Review

I apologize, I’ve slacked on keeping my blog up-to-date regarding my training progress for the U.S. Open and, honestly, I often wonder if anyone even reads this stuff or cares for that matter lol. Regardless, this post will cover the past and last 2 weeks of my training for what’s considered the most biggest powerlifting meet in the world. By the way, I think its being called the “biggest” because it’s the most prize money that has ever been raised for a powerlifting meet; with there being lot of money on the line will bring out the biggest and best powerlifters from around the world… so it’s pretty cool that I get to be a part of it.

The last 2 weeks of training have been the worst by far and often led me questioning if I even deserved to compete at this event. My overall volume peaked in Week 3 (of 4) and my body struggled to handle it. I was failing lifts left and right; in fact, there was one day where I actually failed all three lifts (squat, bench, and deadlift) at the numbers I was supposed to hit- let’s just say that was a REALLY bad day, filled with lots of tears and questioning of whether I had what it took to compete. For the most part, the entire Week 3 of training was just slop- nothing felt good and I rarely hit the numbers I was expected to hit.

Everyone says that’s the way you’re supposed to feel two weeks out from the event but being my first powerlifting meet, its hard for me to trust that that’s the best strategy leading up to such an intense event. I personally want to walk into that arena with confidence, even knowing that I still have more in the tank, rather than questioning what I think I can or should do because the past two weeks of training have been so shit.

Needless to say, Week 3 of training completely crushed any and all confidence I had leading up to this event, and Week 4 has been all about trying to regain that confidence back, which has been a slow process. I only had one good training day this week  (Week 4) where I felt like I was starting to move the weight well again, and it was my last training day of the period.

I do understand the theory behind over-reaching and then super-compensating during a deload week, but since I’ve never done it to this extreme, I really have no idea what to expect on meet day. Will my strength be there or will I be intimidated by the weight? All I can focus on right now are the things that are in my control, with my mindset being one of them. I can assure you that my mind will be ready and I hope my body will be too.

Today is Thursday and I lift on Sunday- the next few days will be spent traveling, recovering, stretching, visualizing and possibly some light jogging or swimming. I really don’t know what to expect come meet day, which is kinda scary but also kinda the fun part. And although I’m new to powerlifting, I’m certainly not new to competition. I’m excited to perform under pressure and see what I’m capable of in such an intense environment.

On a side note, I’m sure that training bodybuilding on top of powerlifting hasn’t help my ability to recover but, like I’ve mentioned before, my physique show in June has been my original priority and I wasn’t about to just let my physique fall by the wayside for a chance to podium in a sport that I’m not sure if I’ll ever compete in again. The last thing I want is to be standing on the bodybuilding stage in June thinking that “I could’ve done more, should’ve given more.” For me, the pain regret is one of the worst feelings in the world; I’ll choose the pain of discipline any day. Not to mention, with my attempt to stay on track for the BB show, I’ve been steadily losing weight which is great for the show but not so great for lifting heavy. It’s definitely been a battle to try to balance training and prep for both sports, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I’m so fortunate for this opportunity and I’ve learned so much about myself and powerlifting in the past 4 weeks. I can’t wait to see this thing through and finish strong.


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