Me and Matt
Warmup: Foot MFR, Toe Pulls, Static Hips/Dynamic Arms, Indian Clubs
18″ Rack Pull (barefoot, off blocks, O/O w/straps)
up to 675
–Took 2 attempts at 765 on the same grip. Felt like the Okie bent forever, and on both reps, I even stood up on the video as if to lock out the lift. I felt my back would have broken if I kept pulling. Felt strong enough, but this Okie bar is alway my nemesis. So is laying out 45s instead of using 100s.
–Previous PR was 745 @ somewhere between 205-212.
–Matt was interesting as he got to 365 after a lot of struggle between 315 and 365. These are weights he is around off the floor, but @ 18″, he doesn’t have an advantage. He is very limited on GHR, so I wonder if bringing up the GHR and hamstrings in extension will help his gas the next time he has to qualify on the Snatch Test. I think it will.
It was hard leaving the gym today as I am leaving tomorrow for NC. For those that know me personally, I am a pretty emotional person. Today was an example.
The best lifts I’ve done were heavy shrugs and rack pulls, so I chose rack pull today as I don’t do shrugs anymore. It would have been cool to get the PR @ some 30 pounds lighter. I didn’t leave anything on the platform when I tried 765. I know a lot of people think powerlifting is silly or unsafe, but for me, it is who I am and what I do.
Tom, Jody, Matt, Steve P, and our lifting crew have become some of my best friends, and Tom’s gym has been a safe and healthy place for me over the last 3 years.
I am leaving out tomorrow morning with very cold feet as this whole military process has been very trying, but I have been all in for a few months now.
I know if it doesn’t work out, I will be able to come home.
This morning I left home.