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Revisiting Dan Green’s Seminar Notes after my first powerlifting meet

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I’ve learned the most interacting with people and having conversation with them.  Going to live events where you meet people with similar experiences as well people who are at the top of their game give you more “ah-ha” moments than most articles, podcasts or videos on the internet.

I was reviewing the Dan Green seminar highlight videos posted by Universal.  This is the exact same seminar I took notes on and did a recap.

Watching it again motivated to take consider a longer view point on my training as well as take it more seriously.  It also inspired me to do a blog post .

One the best ways I learn and get inspiration is by teaching others.  Reviewing and sharing  concepts and ideas about building strength is the best way I absorb information.

So what I did was review the video and took notes again and wanted to see if the information I learned at the Boss Barbell Seminar meant the same thing to me as it did back in January.  Especially since I just finished my first powerlifting meet and I’m currently training for my second powerlifting meet which is exactly 53 days from this writing. (USPLA Old Skool Iron Classic, June 7th)

Look like you spend lots of time in the gym (for the beginner)

For beginners out there, one of the first things someone should focus on is look like you workout.

A part that got a real laugh at the seminar was when dan green said

“If you sit at a desk 50-60 hours a week, your body kinda starts end up looking like that” click here to see the exact point where he says it.
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As a trainer, I sometimes take for granted how someone actually looks.  Sure, there are genetic factors that play a role on how someone’s body will look like, but if you are able to lift heavy stuff repeatedly you will have a frame that looks like it.

I spend most of my days in a gym, train clients and have very athletic co-workers.  The goal of any “regular person” is to not look like a “regular person.”  Don’t look weak.  So simple.

It reminds me of when I listened to the audiobook Total Recall by Arnold schwarzenegger (his latest memoir), where he relates bodybuilding and lifting weights to his other life successes.

“Everything is about reps and sets. Reps and sets, reps and sets.”

Lift heavy often enough, challenge your muscles and you’ll look like you workout.

Expressing strength vs Being Strong


“Take all the training you’ve done and turn into the perfect day.  It can be sort of a crap shoot.”

In the video, he really doesn’t say much, but depending on your experience and training age, you can view this in many different ways.

There is one thing to maintain strength year round and it’s a whole different when you’re called to express your strength in 9 attempts.

He mentioned Westside Barbell and talked about it briefly ( conjugate method) during the seminar.  And if you’re familiar with it, you know that it consists of lots of variety.  Barbell lifting with accommodating resistance, using bands and chains.  Using different kinds of bars, types of squats and types of deadlifts.

Variety is used often in bodybuilding to stimulate muscle growth in as many different ways as possible to maximize muscle size (hypertrophy).  Essentially, attacking the muscle in a variety of different directions.

You intuitively know this.  Changing things up (variety) is really good for building strength.

Peaking for Powerlifting

The Said Principle: Specific adaptation to imposed demand. You get better at whatever it is you train for.

Read the above 2 sentences again and interpret as what makes sense to you.

I’m far from being a high level lifter.  Considering my knowledge base with what I know about human physiology and experience of training non-athletes along with lots of nerding out on bodybuilding and powerlifting articles, I know this is a very complicated subject.

There are people out there with lots more experience that can tackle the subject better.  However, what I bring to the table is my opinion; this viewpoint coming from a normal person that loves lifting heavy barbells. I happen to be an experienced personal trainer that coaches everyday people.  I’m a non-athletic, broken leopard.

With that being said, peaking for a powerlifting meet to me means taking about 5-6 days off from heavy lifting.  My last heavy training session will probably be may 31st.

From May 12th through the 30th, there will be a lot of emphasis placed to my set up for each lift.  Lots of heavy singles with 80-90% with a very low training volume.  Lots of 1-3 reps sets with mental training of how I’m going to approach the bar.

Where the bar sits on my back on the squat, how my shoulders set upon the bench prior to lift off and where my hips are and where and when my shins make contact with barbell before the deadlift.

These are thing that are specific to me.  Some may say I’m over thinking things, but this how I lift. It’s part of my mental preparation. And because I’m a technical guy, these are the things that set me up for success.

I’m not a professional athlete, I’m a recreational athlete that take his recreation seriously (and loves it).

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