Sputnik's IntraXcell Log (sponsored by Athletic Edge Nutrition)
04-21-2007 07:09 AM
Trained today, in the AM, something I'm not used to.
I train by myself but today I went to the gym where some of the competitors I know go to, as well as the 'sorta' coach who's a great person.
Well, what can I say, it went really well.
At a BW od 69kg (151.8lbs)...
Bench - worked up to 105kg (231lbs) for a set of 2, then 3 more singles. This is my best (and more reps) in a year's time since I injured my right pec. The most I've benched back then was 112.5kg (247.5lbs) but at a BW of 74kg (162.8lbs).
Squat - worked up to 2 a couple of reps at 170kg (374lbs) and then the coach said to slap on 190kg (418lbs) and he said, "You're doing 2 reps". I was like WHAT??? The most I've done is 1 rep for 185kg (407lbs) a few months back at a BW of 74kg. So I got set, and i got 'em!!!!!!!
Assesment - Well what can I say except the other day I mentioned that today would be a test to see if my strength levels have picked up, whilst losing BW, and it's being confirmed. I should add that I have been getting less sleep lately as I've been reading late at night. So despite less sleep, and dropping BW, I find that my energy levels are good and that my strength is rising when I need it most!
I did not deadlift yesterday, and should have done so the night before, so I will have to tomorrow. However, with only 6 full days out from the meet, I don't know how heavy I should go So if anyone has any suggestions...
I should add, my body feels pretty wrecked after today, but I still feel good overall. If I can deadlift well tomorrow, I will be pretty stoked I can tell you, so I will update tomorrow.
04-21-2007 08:35 AM
Originally Posted by Sputnik
Great job Sputnik.......your log is rocking!
04-21-2007 11:53 PM
Sounds like everything is really paying off for you man...couldn't be happier for you!!
04-22-2007 02:41 AM
Actually am about to head off and deadlift - however I may have a potential problem. Last night I noticed pain around the bottom of my rib cage on the right hand side. All I can put it down to is squatting yesterday with someone elses belt which was too tight and doing the 190kg.
Originally Posted by DaveGabe24
When I run it hurts, and if I jump up and down or if I breath in too deeply. I better go to the doc tomorrow just in case.
04-22-2007 05:17 AM
Ok the combination of this rib thing and that my back was more fried from yesterday's squat effort than i thought, was a bad combinaiton for deadlifting today. This rib thing makes it difficlt to deadlift with the belt on, cause it just makes it difficult to breathe and of course to focus - only a bit of pain. Despite this I was still able to deadlift 196kg (431lbs). I then loaded up 206kg (453lbs) but before I did the full pull, I realized the my back was too burnt out and that it would be foolish to attempt. I'll save it for meet day and let my back recuperate. Also thinking of maybe getting a massage.
So, I was actually very surprised I got to pull the 196kg given how I was feeling physically. If I had deadlifted on the Friday before squat day, I would have had no hesitation in deadlifting the 206kg.
04-22-2007 08:11 AM
:dl: Good job Sputnik It's awesome to have a powerlifter logging IntraXCell
Originally Posted by Sputnik
04-23-2007 09:01 PM
Very nice log so far. Sounds like you are making some nice progress already, I look forward in hearing where you are at in 1-2 weeks.
04-24-2007 05:37 AM
Ok so I don't have a broken rib, although for a moment by Doc thought so. Rather it's the muscle between my last 2 ribs of my left side that is bruised and will take up to 2 weeks to heal. I'm still going to the meet, but I guess my deadlift will be affected and my squat in the sense that I won't be able to put on my belt as tight.
Having said that, I'm just going to go for it on the day!
I should add that otherwise I'm feeling great and I recuperated very well from the weeken'ds lifting so thumbs up to IXL to be sure! and I've lost some more BW also.
Last edited by Sputnik; 04-24-2007 at 05:39 AM.
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04-24-2007 07:39 AM
I hope your ribs/abdomen heals ASAP! Dont hurt yourself in the gym
Originally Posted by Sputnik
04-24-2007 07:45 AM
Originally Posted by Skircus7
well I'm not training this week, just restign up before the meet, so hopefully that will assist.
04-24-2007 07:59 PM
04-25-2007 01:45 AM
Ok I thought I would give everyone a look at my attempts for the Meet. WU stands for warm-ups, and the 3rd attempts are a range. What I settle will depends on how I feel on the day. Although i won't achieve it this Meet, my goal by the end of the year is to achieve a 525 Total = 1,155lbs. IF I were to do really well this Meet, I would get close. A 525 Total would put me in the Class A lifter category, which is just behind Elite I and Elite II and would still allow me to actually compete for Australia if they needed lifters or somebody from Elite pulled out. Anyways, wishful thinking for now.
In the meantime I have bought myself some Arnica in both cream form and tablets to help the rib muscle bruising go away as quickly as possible.
Also, I'm feeling recovered and full of energy.
04-25-2007 07:19 AM
04-27-2007 09:02 AM
Ok, this is the night before the Meet. After work I went to a Meet technical meeting and weighed myself there for tomorrow. Sitting on 68.2kg and need to get to 67.5kg so that's not a worry.
In the meantime, other than the injury my energy levels, and recovery have been good I believe due to IXL, otheriwise the weight loss would have got to me already. I feel confident for tomorrow, so let's see how it goes.
04-27-2007 09:27 AM
Looking forward to your update after the MEET!!! :clean: :squat: :dl:
Originally Posted by Sputnik
04-28-2007 08:41 PM
Meet review time.
So...I finally totalled, so that's Goal 1 achieved, BUT I didn't meet the lifts I had aimed for - but with an injury I should be happy with what I achieved
My warm-ups felt too heavy and my rib injury was flaring up with the belt on, so I wasn't able to put it on tight.
1st attempt 170kg - got it no problem.
2nd attempt 180kg - did not get fired up, plenty of strength, but I didn't get the depth.
3rd attempt 180kg- I was going to go for 190kg but I agreed with the coach that what I needed was to total, so I went out, got crazy fired up and got it easily. In other words, I would have got the 190kg.
1st attempt 92.5kg - Easy
2nd attemptt 100kg - Easy
3rd attempt 107.5kg - Almost easy, got up thought I had it. 2 red lights and 1 white. Apparently the bar had just dipped a tad on my left hand side, where I have the injury.
1st attempt 190kg - Easy.
2nd attempt 200kg - Easy, BUT, altough I had my shoulders back, I forgot to fully lock out my legs!!!!!!!!!!!! ! judge obviously thought the ift was good. DAMN!!!!!!!
3rd attempt 207.5kg - This poundage is my nemesis, and after last week only being able to lift 196kg because of my rib injury....however I upped the weight from my 2nd attempt as I felt strong and everyone including the coach agreed. Pulled...got it up...legs locked...THEN...all of a sudden, I feel a pull on my left hand side aboved the ribs...sends a shock wave through my left arm and down to my left had which then begins to open!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Then I had to drop the bar! I only needed one more second.
So my total was 472.5kg (1,040lbs). If I hadn't missed the bench and the deadlift, well then it would have been 495kg.
Out of the entire 67.5kg class (about 7 of us) I came 3rd. In my specific Opens class I came 2nd out of 3
So, a few lessons learnt. One which also includes, wearing a bench top and squat suit which are actually tight!
With regards to IXL
No doubt about it that in the lead up to the Meet, with a drop in BW, my strength levels not only were maintained but def increased and recovery has been impressive. Right now for example I should be still sleeping...I AM sore, BUT I feel good despite yesterday's effort, and have plenty of energy. I remember my last meet, and I felt depleted. So I'll be asessing how I feel over the next couple of days how recovery is whilst still taking IXL.
Next week 'll be upping the cardio and testing how IXL makes me feel.
04-28-2007 09:44 PM
GREAT JOB at the meet!!! Even with an injury, your lifts are very good :bb2: I am looking forward to seeing how IXL impacts your cardio
04-28-2007 09:48 PM
Awesome efforts man, you're definitely on your way. Those injuries can linger around if you let them, so make sure you let em fully heal. Cardio will be a nice change too..great job Sput.
05-08-2007 09:59 AM
And so it ends...
Yesterday I finished my bottle of IXL. This last week saw me just doing cardio and some weights, but nothing serious. Post-meet, recovery has been excellent, except for my injury, which I still noticed doign squats the other day.
Make no mistake about it IXL is a great addition to your arsenal - in my case, dropping BW for a meet, WHILST trying to increase strength levels. For me that's exactly what happened. Today I went in for my first hard training session and strength wasn't only there, it was better. I did 148kg for 6x2 on squats, despite the rib pain (only mild now), going lower than I usually do.
So AEN, well done on a great product and thanks again for allowing me to test it. Now off to buy some.....
05-08-2007 05:31 PM
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