Archive for December, 2019

I’m pleased to announce that I plan on doing a powerlifting competition for the first time in about 5 years.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: powerlifting is the best off season workout for bodybuilding.  If you can combine some heavy squats, bench press and deadlifts along with some bodybuilding exercises and moderate cardio; you will have a solid winter.

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I’ve noticed that the summers where I have looked my best I was always lifting heavy, combined with moderate cardio throught the entire winter.

Although I dont expect to set any personal bests this year, I think I can still compete.

For the record, I am competing raw. No belt, no knee wraps and no squat suit.

Powerlifting is sorta a bullshit sport. Everyone cheats in the squats. With a squat suit, belt and knee wraps, I used to rep 400+ like it was nothing.

Now? I want to be in the mid 300s. That’s ass to the ground, no belt or wraps.  So I will definitely lose in the squats, but I am there only to compete with myself.

In the bench, I am looking to hopefully get into the 275 to 315 range.  That is also raw without those cheating bench shirts.

Deadlift (the only lift where you cant cheat) I am trying to reach between 500 to 545. I usually do pretty well in the deadlift and it’s my best lift.

Overall, unlike in the past when I was obsessed with powerlifting,  I am going to use this meet just as motivation to get strong over the winter.

I am still going to use bodybuilding lifts in my weekly routine and I’m even going to continue with the cardio workouts until the 2-3 weeks prior to competition.

So that is my plan this winter. One powerlifting competition in February, then I will slowly start cutting down in the Spring, adding more cardio and getting ripped for the summer.

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-John Andre

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I am planning a very ambitious year for 2020.

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Not only am I looking to purchase my first home in the Spring, but I want to add a 3rd income (side business) and I want to compete athletically.

Now that my 2nd child is almost 3 months old and we are sorta getting some type of normal sleep at night, I want to get back into hard training.

After New Years, I plan on signing up for 2 events immediately:

A) Powerlifting Meet. They actually have a meet coming up in February that I would like to attend. It’s been probably 5 years since my last one and I am overdue.

I don’t plan on setting any personal records, but it at least gives me some winter motivation to train hard.

B) Signing up for a big 5k race on March 1st.  That’s right, I am going do to a powerlifting meet and then 2 weeks later a 5k race.

Again, I am not expecting any type of fast times but I want to get an early start on the cutting season. Running outside in the cold is the best way to do it.

After March, there are a couple of races I will sign up for and then I might do some sprinting competitions over the summer.

But right now, my focus is on powerlifting.

I feel pretty good, the only thing killing me is a lack of a spotter. It is impossible to bench or squat heavy by yourself, so I am kind of “winging it”.

I also plan on competing “raw”, that means no belt, no wraps, no anything.

Some powerlifters consider using just a belt as still raw, but belts are for snowflakes.

I rarely even see belts in the gym anymore, when I first started lifting, everyone had one.

Overall, I would love to go over a 1,100 total.

350 Squat

275 Bench

525 Deadlift.

Those “used” to be really easy numbers for me, but I havent competed in a long time.

I will post some of my training videos as I start getting stronger.

-John Andre

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I’ve always liked training hard throughout the winter, especially in the gym.

The winter is by far the best time of the year to gain some body weight and lift heavy weights.

And to be honest with you, I actually miss running outside in the winter.

It has been probably 10 years since I have run outside throughout the entire winter and that year was most likely my best physique ever.

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Right now my training is going full steam.  My bench press is in the 275 range, I deadlifted 455 x 2 last Friday and my squats are nearing the 315.

This year, I also decided to keep up with my cardio. Although I am only doing the treadmile, I am still getting close to 2 miles in 14 minutes and under.

Winter is a time to work.  Time to stop looking into the mirror and to just put in the work.

My plan going forward is to keep lifting heavier in the gym, continue with my cardio and when I start cutting down in the Spring, I should be looking jacked.

P.S. I am strongly considering a powerlifting competition in early 2020, it has been about 4 or 4 years and I am overdue.

-John Andre

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