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Justin Thomas  MS Kinesiology UIllinois at Urbana-Champaign Nutritional interventionist๐Ÿœ ๐Ÿ“งjtparel2@gmail.com Training diary, musings and reflections

This week has been a shit show for recovery (mostly my own fault), so adjusting the microcycle to adapt for some better performances next week when it's time to overreach. Finishing (sort of) my squat volume for the week with the Dutch Baby himself, newly Dr. van Vliet in the ol' exercise lab at Freer. Chicago-bound in 9 weeks, so enjoying the last of Champaign while I'm here ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Overestimated my top set load and went with 390 paused, with an attempt at 6@8RPE but ending with 5@9 instead. I'm actually a little disappointed in myself for not hitting the prescribed number of reps, but given the sheer volume I need to follow up with, I think the 1 rep sacrifice will be worthwhile, leaving some room in the tank instead of wrecking the rest of my training session. I would be lying if I said this wasn't somewhat ego driven (dying to pause with 400+ on the bar), but hey, it happens. It's also a nice little reminder why we leave ego and emotion at the door. Poor training decisions beget poor performance outcomes. Glass half full, but we certainly won't be putting pounds on the bar next week.

My office has a Texas power bar, therefore it is a better place to deadlift than your office. Caveat being I can't bust out the chalk as often because carpets.

Man, "milestone" lifts take one hell of a mental toll on me. I don't know what it is, but I absolutely experience visual trepidation when I make those big plate-jumps on main lifts.
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While I misgrooved reps 4&5 a bit (rep 4 is noticeable slower than 5), I still consider this a huge win overall. If a year ago someone had told me I'd be repping 4 plates on a squat, I'd have told them they were crazy. Not too long ago, in fact, I was saying aloud that 4 plates was something I'd like to achieve in my lifetime, let alone for reps. As I progress and the numbers increase, I notice my goalposts shifting pretty dramatically to keep up with the new challenges I establish, but it definitely feels good to take a second to reflect on big moments like this

We have 400, people ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ watch out 63kg ;)
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@sarelizarm

Here, watch one of my female athletes be strong as f*ck and deadlift 390 lbs. Just a few more weeks! We'll make sure to see ya at #USAPLRawNationals ;)
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@sarelizarm

Always honored when people want to hear my thoughts and opinions based on experiences with my athletes. Received a pre-finalized version of our discussion to sign-off on and decided to share.
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Recently, I was interviewed about the topic of the female physique/strength athlete from a coaching perspective, and had the opportunity to have some really great discussion about women in sport and the dichotomy between men and women from a physical, emotional, and psychological standpoint. Above is just a small snippet of some of the things we discussed. There was certainly a lot more hand waving and vocal inflection during my hour-long rant ๐Ÿ˜… but I think my interviewer was able to snag a couple nuggets from our transcript ๐Ÿ˜‰
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#feminist

2nd place team, 1st in your hearts ๐Ÿ˜‰ 9/9 people choose @silverbackpowerliftingteam for their third attempts!
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Not going to inundate the IGs with an extended recap. I could not have asked to do this meet with better people. Despite being the one jackass who forgot his team shirt, I can still say one thing: my life is dope, and I do dope shit with dope(r) people โค๏ธ

370, 390, 415, 3x3x390, 5 days out :)

So proud of these two! I've never specifically programmed for powerlifting competition, let alone competed myself yet, but these two asked me to try my hand at it and I couldn't have been happier with the results!
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@asianashleyyy with an 8/9 meet, breaking each Illinois state record for squat, bench, deadlift, and total in her division and weight class, as well as tied for first in her weight class!
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@jon.igartua with a 9/9 meet, 1st place in his class, an EZ deadlift PR on his third attempt, and just under 1100 for his first meet total!
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Had a blast working with these two, and excited to see how much they progress as we move forward ๐Ÿ˜Š

"What do you even do at the gym for that long?"
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1 week out!

Thesis โœ…
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Finalizing this was incredibly cathartic. I guess I know some things about nutrition now. Graduation in 2 weeks!

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