The Texas APF Championships is just a couple of weeks away. My training has gone well and I feel more prepared for this meet than any other meet to date.
This will be my first meet I have squatted in that I was able to train in a monolift. I feel that part of my problems in my last full meet in November, was due to lack of experience in a monolift. Training the way you compete makes such a big difference. I feel at home in a monolift and this will help me excel in the squat. I have worked consistently to improve my hip flexibility and it is paying off. I did my first circa max training for the upcoming meet. I have also overcome my sticking point in the squat, which was midway up.
I will compete in my new Metal Viking Pro shirt for the first time. The shirt works well for me. My old double denim was too small for me. I feel like I get more help in the lockout from my new shirt. My form has improved and I feel having a shirt that fits correctly has helped.
My deadlift training hasn’t changed much. I did do more rack pulls this training cycle at first. We have been doing glute ham raises with the backed elevated 12 inches to really hit the glutes and hams hard. Last night I pulled my opener and I feel like my lockout is stronger. The bar rolled forward when I started to lift, which put the bar at an awkward position, but it felt easier than my last opener which was the same weight.
I should hit some good PRs on all lifts and my total. If my goals are met, it will put me in a good position for my training for Sr. Nationals. Next week is my last week to train and I will be taking it easy.

Post Author: Phillip Wylie

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