Updates and Moving Forward

First, an update on my meet plans: I dropped out of the Corpus Christi Classic at the last minute for personal reasons.  It was a tough decision to make, because I felt strong and peaked very well, but it was the right one for me.

There’s nothing to do except move forward, so from now until April 16, my sole focus will be on prepping for the USPA US Open.  I’m excited about this meet, as I’m starting prep at or very close to the strongest I’ve ever been, and it’s a privilege to compete at the highest level with some of the best in the world.

Later this month I’ll have a full writeup on my meet plan, including a detailed explanation for why I’m doing what I’m doing.  In the meantime, here was today’s training -- my first real session for this prep.

Sunday, February 12: Competition Deadlift & Bench Accessory

Dumbbell Bench Press

Conventional Deadlift
675x3 (beltless, hook grip)
675x8 (belt & straps)

Close Grip Bench Press

A video posted by Ben Pollack (@phdeadlift) on

Nice, light, quick session.  In and out in 90 minutes, which I’m pretty positive is a PR, and nothing over an RPE of 8.  Trying to ride this easy momentum wave for the next month or so before kicking up the intensity.

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