With my competition in 12 days, today was my final “heavy” deadlift day, and I wasn’t really sure how the session would go for me. My trainer is away on vacation leaving me to train with a personal trainer/power-lifter friend of his. I was confident that I would be in good hands, but I was still slightly nervous and uncertain. Change, even a temporary one, can be uncomfortable…and did I mention that I’m 12 days from competition?! But seriously, I knew it would be okay, just different.
My biggest concern has been that my deadlifts have been so sucky lately. Although I desperately need to learn to push with my legs instead of pulling with my back, I know that there won’t be major changes in my deadlift until after this competition. I’m resigned to the fact that my deadlift won’t be where I would like it to be, although it has sucked long enough that I haven’t even truly thought about where I would like it to be for this competition.
Today was deadlifts and only deadlifts. No new PRs. Very few heavy reps but more volume than usual, and I think it was a good thing.
115 x 3, 135 x quite a few…maybe 6 altogether as Kevin made a little tweak to my set-up, 185 x 3 all beltless
with belt: 205 x 1 This felt better than the same weight last week. That little tweak seemed to help. 225 x 1, 245 x 1
185 x 5, 135 x 5, 155 x 5, 185 x 3, 185 x 3, 185 x 3 All these were simply practicing the form.
So, what was this little tweak?
In a nutshell, I just need to keep my shoulders more forward over the bar and set the bar up to go straight up and down. That sounds simple, right? Ha! Yeah, not really. I over-simplified the explanation, but it basically boils down to having that bar go in as straight a line as possible. I know Michael has tried to get me to do the same thing in different ways. Hopefully we can keep improving my form after this competition, because there won’t be any drastic changes taking place before then! I do have to say that my glutes and quads are already feeling a little sore…guess I was finally using my legs more than my back!
I also have to say that I do still miss having my trainer there! I missed his fist pumps and high fives and encouragement, and I am super glad that he will be with me at the competition!