The March to Competition Season Part II

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MC Snatch 225 (shot 2)

Boy does time fly by.  Just a little over 6 weeks ago, I posted The March to Competition Season Part I, in which I outlined my goals for the upcoming competition season this spring. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet.

Anyway, the other night, I was so graciously reminded by one of our members that my progress report was a bit overdue. So I wanted to give you all an update on how my contest prep has been going.

As of this past Saturday, I have less than 6 weeks to go before the Fitness Atlantic on April 16. Overall, I am pretty happy with the way things are going thus far, but I will be sure to kick things up a notch to get dialed in during the second half of my prep.

Below is a progress pic taken this past Sunday, March 6. In it, I was at a bodyweight of 190 lbs and a body fat percentage of about 5.3%.

So, in terms of body composition, I have made some pretty solid progress towards my goal; however, at this point, the fat loss starts getting a little bit more challenging, and so I will have to stay diligent with both my training and nutrition in order to accomplish my goals over the next 6 weeks.

In regards to training, last week really got me fired up. Why, you ask? Well, I ended up hitting several PRs (i.e. personal records) in some key lifts within my program.

To begin the week, I hit a best ever clean and jerk of 295 lbs, very close to my goal of achieving a 300+ lb clean and jerk this May.

Later in the week, I also pulled out another PR; this time in the snatch. That day, I had been feeling pretty good during my warm-ups, and so I decided that it was going to be the day to take a run at a new personal best.

Sure enough, I was able to hit the 225 lb snatch benchmark that I have been working towards for nearly a year. Needless to say I was extremely amped up after successfully completing the lift.

Be sure to check out the videos I have included in this post of each new PR.

295 lb Clean and Jerk

225 lb Snatch

I also was able to achieve a few other personal bests in my training the other week including back squatting 380 lbs for 3 (see the video link below), hitting a set of 5 in the chin-up with 77.5 lbs (at a bodyweight of 189 lbs), and 1-arm DB Bench Pressing 112 lbs for a set of 3 on each arm.

Back Squat 3×380

All-in-all, I am very excited with the way things are shaping up for the upcoming competition season this spring. I will be checking in again in a few weeks to give another update on my progress, so be on the lookout for the updates to come.

Keep your eye on the prize,

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