5-13-14 – Absolute Focus

  Today marks the single greatest day at HPF to date. First, before I get ahead of myself, I should talk about my warm ups and thought process and all that. I was well aware of today being my final heavy day of any kind before May 24th. Today was the day that I had to prove a point. In my mind, I had to show not only everyone at HPF, but myself what I was completely capable of. Throughout my warm ups and working sets, I nearly talked to no one. I kept to myself, listened to music, and refused to allow myself to be any less than 100%. My first and second working sets at 255 and 290 pounds felt easy as usual. Now was THE time. For about 15 or 20 minutes, I sat in the lobby, I sat against the wall, I paced around the entire gym, and I listened to music, watched inspiring videos. I did literally everything I could to pump myself up to 100%. Finally, back against the wall, music blasting in my ears, I knew I was ready. I set up my camera, hit record, jumped up and threw the belt around my waist. My breathing was impeccable; my heart was racing as if I had just snorted the best pre workout or cocaine in the world. My heart had been beating so hard and fast I felt dizzy and almost decided to not do my final lift. But, I blocked it out and used it to my advantage. I stepped to the bar with a game plan. I needed to fire out as many reps as I can as fast as I can. I grabbed the bar as tight as I could, sat back and started pulling. The first seven reps seem like just a blur to me now; I fired through them as quick as I can without struggle. As for my final reps, I took deeper breathes and took more time to secure my better form. In my head on my final rep, there was no way I was going to finish the pull once it froze just above my knees. With everyone screaming and telling me to lock out my knees and squeeze my hips, I somehow finished the pull. Immediately after before completely certain with my lock out, I dropped the weight, took two steps towards the ropes and collapsed breathing the hardest I’ve ever breathed. Everyone still cheering around me, Mark Rose ran over and pulled the belt off me and congratulated me. Roughly five minutes later, I rose back to my feet and moved towards my phone to watch the video. After watching my lift, I crawled my way around the gym, finishing each and every accessory. Now I am ready for May 24th. The electric environment today provided me with confidence to move forward and begin putting numbers in my head for next weekend. I could not be any more ready at this point of my program.
Warm Ups
2 x 5 - 135, 170
205 x 3
Working Sets
255 x 5
290 x 3
325 x 10
Rack Pulls
3 x 5 - 225
Single Leg Glute Bridges (foot on 2 board platform)
3 x 15
Glute/Ham Raises (raised on 3 board platform w/ red band)
3 x 10
Barbell Shrugs
4 x 10 - 225
Bent Over Rows
3 x 10
Back Raises (raise on 2 board platform)
3 x 15
4 sets