Excited for the Road Ahead

I’ve been so busy that I have not written anything here in quite sometime. But as I review the past year, I am headed in a clear direction with a defined path and it feels great!

A lot of exciting thing are happening

  • Became Certified by ISSA as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • Continuing my education with the Bayesian Personal Trainers course
  • Adding in some specialty education with a Powerlifting Instruction course thru NCCPT  (qualifies for 20 CEUs for ISSA re-certification)
  • And looking at getting certified with Precision Nutrition as well, this will just be starting as the previous two are ending

I’m looking forward to getting some volume back in my training as I take a break from meet prep here in the off season, and hope to build up some better work capacity and strength as I seem to respond better to lots of volume. Excited to be looking into my 2nd year of powerlifting and the new experiences it will bring.

This year was a mixed bag for meet performance, my first meets were my best. I did happen to get 205lbs for squat at my second meet, which was the my only missed attempt at my first meet. I couldn’t come anywhere near the 165 bench I hit at an unsanctioned bench comp weeks after my first meet. I hit a new PR with deadlift at my second meet with 270lbs.  Looking back on my training I don’t think there was enough volume in my programming and didn’t get peaking quite right. So I will be approaching training from a different angle next year.  I did compete in 3 full meets and 2 bench only comps. I plan to scale that back next year to just 2 full meets, likely one in the spring and one in the fall.

I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to the world of strong man/woman and I absolutely fell in love! Without a gym close by I’ve been having fun figuring out how I can implement some of that into my training. Constantly reading and expanding my base of programming and exercise selection to have as many tools in my box as I can. Its also been fun switching things up and trying out new and different alternative lifts.

Here’s looking forward to another year of great people, leaning and getting stronger!

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Looking Up!

My life has really gone through some big changes in the last few months and as I get this new year underway there are lots of exciting and positive things to look forward too!!

Big life changes really had the stress ramped up for a while. Now that that is mostly behind me and I am all settled in a new directions things have settled and are really going in a good.

I finally kicked myself in the butt and started my first group diet coaching adventure. I have been successfully helping people for sometime, however I have finally jumped in with two feet and going to try and make a business out of it. I am excited with my first group and to do everything I can to ensure their success! Excited to see how much fat loss we can accomplish is 12 weeks!

I continue to lean more from Menno Henselmans Personal Trainer course.  It is very exciting and interesting. We are diving into training and I am very interested and motivated to make some sense out of an area, that frankly has somewhat intimidated me, simply because of the shear volume of information out there on training. I’m motivated to get a solid foundational understanding so that I can better analyze existing programs and information out there. And hopefully start to customize my own training.

POWERLIFTING!!  I have really switched gears here. I have really put any kind of bodybuilding show on the way back burner for now. I am pursuing powerlifting. I am registered for a show end of April!  I am super excited about the meet!  Had to invest in a bunch of new equipment as none of what I had was IPF approved.  And THANKS to the people (you know who you are!) who selflessly helped me pay for said equipment and with USAPL membership and Meet registration!!  Also for the kick in the butt that finally got me moving in this direction instead of just thinking about it! It all means so much to me!! Probably way more then the people involved could ever really understand!

So thus I am venturing forward into unknown territory with a bright wide open future in front of me! Here is to following your dreams, never giving up & doing what it takes to get there! I am feeling loved and fortunate to be involved in such a great community and honored to know such great people!