Written by Zack on December 11th, 2011
Well, as I mentioned in a previous post my brother is a very busy man at this point in his life. Working a ton of hours and having baby number three coming any day now has limited his free time and he decided the best thing for him was to give up training during weekdays. I can’t say that I blame him, that is a lot of stuff being thrown at you at one time…but if I know Josh, I know once things calm down he’ll reorganize and be back at it again. That did leave me a jam though. I thought about training solo, but it would be tough to find good spotters for heavy lifts and tough to stay motivated and on track. I thought about joining a different gym, but most of them are pretty pricey and there is no guarantee that they would be any better. I decided that I would contact Joe Farrell http://ironblayde.com/blog/ and see what he thought about training together. I met Joe through an email that he had sent to the head of the powerlifting at CornHusker State Games, he forwarded that email to me about a lifter in Omaha that was looking for a powerlifting coach. After that I had met with Joe a few times and gave him a few pointers, mostly because he was already very technically sound and we went our separate ways. So now I was reaching out to him to propose a lifting partnership, and it’s a lot harder than one would think. People lift at different times, in different areas, have different goals, philosophies, techniques and on and on so in the beginning it is much like asking a girl on a first date. Joe said that he wouldn’t mind giving it a try, so we started lifting 2 weeks ago and it’s been going good. He is a hard worker, doesn’t mind pushing himself and bottom line wants to get stronger and that is exactly how I am.
As far as training goes I’ve ressurected the 5/3/1 and I’ve been lifting 5 days a week. 1-Squat/Legs, 2-Bench/Chest, 3-Shoulders, 4-Back, 5-Arms/Grip.
Here are some of the highlights from last weeks training:
Bench – 410×3 & 315×14
Squat – 495×4