Take Two- MP's Meet Training Log

Discussion in 'Training Forum' started by Masters Power, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    In the first log our hero (I'm writing this so I am taking some creative liberties here) set a meet PR on the bench and an all-time PR deadlifting and made it in to the top 20 in the Nation in the Over 40 age category (Masters Division) in both lifts at the age of 48.

    Goal for this meet is to break the 400 barrier benching and continue closing in on 600 pulling. Training during the nine weeks since my last meet was Dan John's EES program which I did as a means of working on some different variations of the standard lifts with the hope of recovering from the meet while training some of my weaknesses and not hopefully not losing any strength.

    My lifts during the DJ programming were paused incline bench, snatch grip deads, squats- had to go to front squats after 4 weeks due to knees issues, weighted pull ups and farmers carries.

    In pretty good shape starting this meet training cycle. Knees aren't good but that is why I compete push/pull only and they shouldn't cause me any problems in training leading up to the meet. My only real issue is that my left bicep tendon which I tore just over two years ago and had surgically repaired and tweaked just prior to my last meet is still giving me some issues. I had my doctor who is a former team physician for a major university check it out a couple of weeks ago. He did a series of tests and said there was no need for an MRI because based on my mobility and strength he is convinced there isn't any tear and it is just strained.

    My assistance work will be kept light for the next several weeks in the hopes of getting the arm entirely healed up. Meet date is June 20th.
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  2. brutus79

    brutus79 Member

    Yea boy! Get it!
  3. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Thanks for the support Brutus. It may end up just you and me in this thread!
  4. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter


    paused bench 5x135, 5x195, 3x245, 2x295, 1x335, 1x360, 4x315
    dips 3x12 +45
    tate presses 3x12 45
    tricep pushdowns 3x10 90
    bb curls 10x95, 2x8 115
    dumbbell curls 3x10 45

    I hadn't done any flat benching since the meet so I was just using this session to gage where I'm at. Form was off a bit as all of the recent incline pressing had me pressing towards the uprights instead of straight up. I was good for 365-370 even with the form issues.

    I will start the Bulgarian method of benching to a daily max six times per week in three weeks and run it right up to several days before the meet. Past experience has taught me I can only run it for about eight weeks before I start having some major shoulder issues.
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  5. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter


    Week 1 Coan/Phillipi Deadlift Program

    deads 2x315, 2x385, 2x430
    speed deads 8x3 345

    3 circuits
    stiff leg deads 8x205
    bent rows 8x205
    underhand lat pulldowns 8x180
    good mornings 8x155

    Felt like my double at 430 should have been faster and easier but I'm going to chalk it up to not having pulled conventional since the meet 9 weeks ago.

    Even keeping the assistance work extremely light like I did today and with the work sets being light also this session took something out of me. Unlike JB and Brutus volume work is not my friend.
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  6. brutus79

    brutus79 Member

    How fast ate speed deads? Does it apply explosive through the dead motion, or no rest between reps or both?

    I thought you said speed work didnt work- did you just mean for bench?
  7. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Both explosive through the dead motion and no rest between reps. 90 seconds between sets which I can do with the weight at this level but will get longer as the weight goes up.

    Speed work for bench has never worked for me. On deads I wouldn't program speed work on my own but it is part of a program I have had some luck with. Also speed work on deads provides some conditioning benefits for me.

    The other factor is that the "speed" work in the Coan deadlift program starts at 60% of your 1RM max and goes up to 75% which is much heavier than most would consider speed work particularly for most programs I have seen which incorporate "speed" work for bench which typically call for using 50 to 60% of your 1RM. When the weight gets to 70 and 75% I'm still trying to move all reps explosively to lockout but after the first several triples it probably wouldn't look like it to anyone watching.
  8. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter


    dumbbell OHP 2x10 50, 10x60, 8x65
    cable side laterals 3x10 30
    rear delt raises 3x10 60
    front raises 3x10 35
    ab pulldowns 2x15 120
    hanging leg raises 2x12

    Went very light on the OHP's trying to let the bicep heal up.
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  9. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    WP_20150408_002 - Copy.jpg Current weight 200 so I'm just about at competition weight but I will likely put on around 10 pounds before meet week as I will be eating a lot during meet training.
  10. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    WP_20150408_008 - Copy (2).jpg The first one was flexed but turned out blurry and distant so I took a second one but my thumb snapped it before I was flexed at which point I said fuck it. Anyway you get the idea.
  11. hotdog23

    hotdog23 Member

    Those traps say your a PL. Healthy training and best wishes for meet! I'll be following
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  12. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Thanks hotdog I appreciate it.
  13. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter


    leg press 4x10
    leg extensions 3x10
    leg curls 3x10
    GHR's 15, 13

    Knees are still jacked up from a lot of pre meet training squatting so had to switch to leg press today. Haven't done leg extensions forever and threw them in today for no real reason except I felt like I needed more work since I couldn't squat.
  14. Docd187123

    Docd187123 Member

    I cannot be unsupportive to a fellow PLer. Great job on the PRs. Time to set some new ones June 20!!

    Are you following a specific peaking program or goin on your own here?
  15. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Thanks Doc. I'm running the Coan/Phillipi program for deads which I began this week. I do a modified Bulgarian method program for bench which I will start in 2 1/2 weeks. The rest of my programing is just getting the needed work in and can vary from meet to meet based on working around injuries and what my weaknesses are at the time.
  16. Docd187123

    Docd187123 Member

    Awesome. Cannot wait to see how the coming weeks treat you.
  17. dnoyez

    dnoyez Member

    Get It!
  18. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Thanks for checking in dnoyez. Haven't seen you around here much lately.
  19. Masters Power

    Masters Power Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter


    paused bench 10x135, 10x195, 8x245, 7x275, 5x295
    paused close grip bench 2x8 225
    pull throughs 3x10 140
    hip flexion 3x10 30

    Light bench day. Left shoulder didn't feel very good so I did a few less bench reps than I had planned.
  20. Voltrader

    Voltrader Member

    Never been much of a PLer does not mean I don't like to follow. Go get em MP.
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