Monday, July 16, 2007

Change of Direction

I've been consulting a couple of men I'm privileged to call friends. They are all involved in Powerlifting. They've all encouraged me to get involved. I think I will. Tomorrow, I will call the gentleman running the USAPL NC State Championships on August 12th and see if I need to qualify to register. If I don't, I'm going to compete.

I will undoubtedly stink up the place as I am weak as a kitten from minimal heavy lifting over the span of the last 2 and-a-half years. But that's not the point. The point is to show up and compete against myself. The last "competition" I was involved in was the Beast Challenge last September. It was fun. (Sounds like a third grade book report, huh?)

I was going to quit all strength "stuff" for lack of a better word. But I just like it. I think that's the way God made me. I've always been fascinated with it since I was a little guy. I got sidetracked with the stuff for awhile and derived my self-worth from my strength and speed. But I'm over that now--glory be to God. Now, I just want to see what my body can do. How strong can I make it without breaking it. Not only that, Z is part of the equation now. So part of me wants to see the efficacy of Z with regards to force and power development.

I'm disappointed that I can't keep moving forward with weightlifting, but the cost is just too high. If I have kids, I want to be able to run around with them. I can still keep the power production up with KBs.

One of the areas I want to explore in the realm of Powerlifting is the application of Z-Health's 4 Elements of Efficiency, particularly the balance of tension and relaxation under heavy loads. How much tension will I need to complete a slow lift versus a fast one like a snatch? I don't know. I want to find out.

This should be the start of a fun journey.

So after consulting my friends, I came up with the following template:

Squat: Sa/M/W
DL: Sa/W
BP: M/W(?)
KBs: "Fast 10s" Su/Tu/Th(?)--to put on some meat and keep up my conditioning

All SQ/BP/DL will be 2-5 reps for the immediate future, plus maybe some singles to peak for this meet. My plans are to compete raw and attempt Raw Elite which is 1551 at 220lbs. I've got my work cut out for me that's for sure.

7 Comments:

Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

Excellent. this is a good thing. Just ask Brett.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Mike T Nelson said...

You will do great in powerlifting! For myself, all I care about is getting my PRs at a meet. If I can do that, I am a happy man even if I place dead last. The biggest thing is sending the form in and signing up (as you well know)

I am very interested to hear your experience as you go along in regard to the 4EEs under heavy load. In my brief experience, it feels sooooo much better the next day and I don't think my lifting has suffered at all (still improving so far) by following them.

Mike N

12:07 PM  
Blogger fawn said...

Geoff, listen to Mike... just go for it.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Royce said...

Rock on dude. Love your blog!

11:23 PM  
Blogger Tim Anderson said...

Great blog. Can't wait to hear how the powerlifting meet goes.

Do you think God makes us, or fills us with a certain passion (i.e. your love for strength) to see if we can find balance? Just wondering...

6:47 AM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Thanks Royce and Tim. My goal is that others learn from my mistakes and experiences. Experience, they say, is a dear teacher.

Tim, I'm no theologian, although I consider myself well-read. I think God creates us in His image and He is Strong. Everything about us reflects His attributes, His personality, but some of us warp those attributes by taking them to extremes. I have warped the reflection of His strength in the past by worshipping the idea of strength itself, kind of like the Israelites and the golden calf when God delivered them from Egypt. I believe God makes us with our interests, in my case strength, so we can serve others with similar interests and reflect His glory and His attributes, not the least of which is love. May sound kinda corny, but there's my take...

6:43 PM  
Blogger Tim Anderson said...

Geoff, not corny; helpful. I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

8:52 PM  

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