Friday, October 26, 2012

RPS Power Challenge Meet 10/21 Update

My RPS powerlifting meet update for all my friends who couldn't make it:

So today was a learning experience. Lol. What did i learn?

A. I spent the last 6 months getting stronger. And no doubt I did, but the only equipped squatting I did was with the straps down...

 B. My non-adjustable straps inzer champion which fit me at 260, no longer fits me at 274. Retrospect?
Needed to spend more time w straps up finding out what it took to get down. 525, although light on the way up - just couldn't get down. Nonetheless it was another awesome RPS  meet hosted by Gene and Ame!

  The squat suit I have was given to me by another lifter who inherited it from someone else. It was made for a 220-230lb lifter. At 260 last year I made it work. At 272 this year, plus i added size in my shoulders, it didn't anymore. I should have put the suit on earlier in my training cycle so I would have found it out I couldn't hit depth. What happens is, as you squat down, the tension in the shoulder straps increase, and if the suit is too small, it will bind or lock up before parallel.. Then the further u drop down, all it does is pull your shoulders forward and make u lean forward, and u never break parallel.

Newer suits, (and I just bought one!) have Velcro straps so u can adjust tension and hit depth. What the suit did was turn my 525 squat into a squat and a good morning as it threw me forward. The good news is I had plenty of strength, I good morning the 525 back up and squatted it 3 times no problem.. As far as the other lifts, once u bomb out, you don't continue - sometimes they let u, but its not smart to continue w bench and deadlift at my age, and utilizing 400-600lbs. All I would be doing is risking injury, with no chance of totalling or setting a record because my lifts wouldn't count because I missed the squat all 3 times...

Everythings a learning experience! See the video below for one of my 525 attempts.. bar speed was good, weight was light.. just couldnt hit depth!

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