“Big Paul Wrenn, an underrated yet all time great powerlifter was outstanding relative to his strength levels and achievements. His 975 squat at the 1981 Senior National Powerlifting Championships and 2342 Total were marks that others chased, the latter for many years. This photo from one of the Tennessee State Championships of the mid-1970’s demonstrates more that was typical of that era than not: lifters in wrestling singlets, plywood platforms, “home made” tire rim squat racks, and a lifter, in this case Paul himself, as a former Olympic lifter, turned Odd Lifter, and finally Powerlifter.” [Source]
I’ve been bad at updating this thing as of late, mostly due to finals happening right when my cycle ended, but this was the end of my 10 week cube cycle. Ended with big PRs in all 3 lifts, I think partially due to my last time “maxing” was when I was injured.
545 squat, previous PR 470
305 bench, previous PR 275
515 deadlift, previous PR 463
I enjoyed focusing on weak points in accessory work, seeing as prior to this I had run Smolov and Sheiko, which tend to include less accessory work overall. As of now, I plan on continuing the Cube and I want to compete in 2 USPA meets in the near future, one in Thousand Oaks, CA in late April and one in Santa Barbara, CA in June.
I’m cold, tired, and I think my computer is about to explode.
I’m also posting this while avoiding finishing an essay.
Time to make more coffee and keep writing.
Sitting at home and trying to figure out how to finish reading 3 books before 5:30, and then finish an essay due tomorrow, all while trying to fit lifting in somewhere.
I definitely need to work on not procrastinating so much.
michael asleep on christmas with bella the cat.
This is weird. This is me.
Cube Heavy squat, December 2nd, 2013
Squat - 405x2, 425x2, 445x2, 455x2, 475x1, 485x1, 500x1, 515x1
Front squat - 135x5, 185x5, 225x5x2
FINALLY broke 500 on squat and did a bit more. The video is of the 515 squat, which is a 45 pound gym PR. Feel like I had more in me. Thanks to my training partners for sticking around after they were done lifting and spotting me.
Save this and keep it somewhere safe to consult in times of temptation.
You may not shave the beard. You will regret it. You will look like a child. You will feel less manly. You may trim the beard. You may shape the beard. But you may not shave the beard.