I have been competitively powerlifting for over 20 years. Within that time I have competed raw, single ply and multi ply. I hold the highest all time total of 1930 at 148, the third highest total of 2045 at 165 and have broken over 35 world records, over 25 of which I still hold. Through the years in this sport I have learned a great deal from various training methods, met and formed long lasting friends, as well as learned the importance of balancing life, work, and training.
Elitefts accepted me as a team member over ten years ago and I am currently the longest standing still competing powerlifter on the site. I appreciate Dave Tate and Elitefts for giving me the opportunity to learn from and teach others through the Q&A and my training log.
In 2005 I opened Orlando Barbell – a 24 hour powerlifting friendly gym. As well as running Orlando Barbell I designed and sell the Home GHR , the The OBB Power Handles and the Doorway Home Gym, wrote the 12 Weeks to a Bigger Bench EBook, and produced the 12Weeks to a Bigger Bench DVD.
My latest contribution was writing the M2 Method EBook, designed to be the quintessential Raw Powerlifting training manual for beginners to advanced lifters looking to get stronger and prevent injury while incorporating the powerlifts.
10 mins treadmill
PVC rolled on:
Lower back, shifted to right and left
Upper back, shifted to right and left scapula w/hips up
Mini Band Shoulder Pull Aparts and Dislocations x12x2
External Shoulder Rotation w/tubing x15x2
Light Band Tricep Pressdowns x20x4
As usual, I had the accompanying extreme joint pain that seems to go along with my benching now. I keep hoping this will subside with all of the meds that I'm on, although I'd like to eventually be off of them. Right now I'm still getting an infusion of Entyvio every 8 weeks which is supposed to target inflammation, but more specifically in the gut. I'm also still on methotrexate, which is a chemotherapy drug that's also used to treat the inflammation associated with arthritis. Unfortunately neither one of these seem to be effective at this point.
Along with these I'm taking numerous supplements that are supposed to reduce inflammation:
-Kratom (more for pain management than inflammation)
Unfortunately none of these seem to be very effective either. Honestly the only things that seem to help are Ibuprofen and Tramadol, but Ibuprofen can be rough on my gut and I don't want to become dependent on the Tramadol. I'll just keep doing the best I in hope that the situation will eventually improve.
The M2 Method Raw Training Ebook
The M2 Equipped Training Ebook
The Affordable and Effective Floor Based Home GHR
Buy your own Doorway Home Gym and never miss out on your accessory work again
12 Weeks to a Bigger Bench EBook