Daniel Dalenberg is a long time competitive powerlifter starting his competitive career in 2004. He has lifted both raw and multi-ply, as light as 165 to as heavy as 275. His best lifts include a 2400 total at 242 multi-ply, 2305 at 220 multi-ply and multiple 2000-pound wrapped raw totals. After taking several months to drop some weight and rebuild a healthier body, Daniel is preparing for a return to the raw powerlifting platform as a 198 in the summer of 2019. Daniel and his wife Chelsea live in southwest Michigan, near Kalamazoo. With a professional background in mechanical engineering and a soon to be completed business degree, Daniel works as a product development project manager for Stryker Instruments in Kalamazoo.
After 10+ years and a lot of success in just knee wraps, one might ask, "Why even bother switching?" I have a few reasons and recommendations for transitioning from raw to gear and back to raw. It takes time, and it's hard, but it's worth it.
I admit it, I messed up. I restricted calories for too long, had too many changes all at once, and ate too many small meals throughout the day. In hindsight, these were the best mistakes that could've happened to my diet. Here's why.
These ideas are all things that have helped me as my lifting age has advanced and nagging injuries have come creeping in. Don't settle for tweaks and breaks. Instead, make these changes today to avoid being banged up.
2018 was not a good year for my powerlifting career. 2019 has been better. My training's gotten better, I've gotten better at caring for myself, and I competed better. I want to do better next time around, though....
You've spent months preparing and training, and you've made a significant financial investment in entry fees, lodging, food, and so on. All this of stress for just 9 lifts sucks up a lot of your energy. You can't afford to waste your energy, so manage it instead.