<i>It is Richy Walker again and I would like to tell how my training with Brian has gone up to this point. I have been training with Brian now for a little over 35 weeks with two full power meets being in the mix. Training for the first meet went extremely well but by the time the meet came around in November 2011, I had some personal issues come up that took me out mentally. As a result I bombed. I called Brian from the meet location and told him that since I had basically wasted his time that I would not blame him for not working with me again. He got me calmed down and explained things would be different at my next meet. The goal of this meet was for me to hit a 2000 pound total for elite in my third every full meet.
I started the following week back to training under Brian’s guidance. He changed my training up, put me on a diet and also instructed me as to which supplements to use. At the beginning things were a little tough still dealing with mental drama. Brian finally told me to get my mind right and the training really picked up. Even though the training was different, more time in the gear, I felt real solid as to the direction Brian was taking me in. As the weeks past and the weekly emails continued my lifts got better and better. Three weeks out from the meet I really tuned in the diet. I had a starting body weight of 348 pounds. My strength was real good but my gear was way too tight. I knew I needed to get some weight off for the gear to work properly. During this time I was also taking my openers and seconds and everything felt right on track.
The meet had arrived and I was more than ready to go. I weighed in at 326 pounds and was shocked. I knew I had dropped some weight but to lose 22 pounds over three weeks and still fell strong was a bit of a surprise. My best lifts in a full power meet was a 680 pound squat, 500 pound bench and a 600 pound deadlift. I felt real good about blowing past these numbers. Brian had also given me some advice as to what my openers should be since he had kept a close eye on my training numbers.
The day started with me taking 700 pounds for an opener on the squats. I lifted the weight no problem with three white lights. I moved on to 745 pounds for my second. Once again three whites and the weight moved quickly. My training partners talked me into taking 780 for my third attempt. It was 25 pounds more than I had done in training but decided to give it a ride. The weight felt light at the top and not to bad half way back up. It got a little tough just before lock out but I got the lift.
Next was the bench. I took 600 for my opener. Got the weight but was red lighted for my hips coming off the bench. Took the same weight for the second attempt and could not lock it out. I was a little concerned at this point since I had one attempt left and did not want to bomb again after all the work I had put into this meet. I was called to the platform and killed 600 for my third. I left some weight on the platform but was happy to still be in the meet.
Once I got to deadlift I spoke to Brian by phone. We came up with a strategy for my opener and what I needed to pull. I opened with 575 to make sure I got a lift in. I went to 620 on my second attempt. If I got this lift, it would be the 2000 pound total I was looking for. The lift came up very easy. I spoke to Brian again and agreed to attempt a PR pull for my third. The most I had done in training was 640 so I called for 650. The pull was fast from the floor but stalled at my knees.
All in all it was a good day. I meet my goal of a 2000 pound total. I had also put 220 pounds on my meet total. That is something I only hope to achieve again. I am already in the process of working with Brian for the third time and will continue to do so for as long as I compete in this sport which I hope is for a long time.
Thanks once again Brian for giving me the tools to make a dream a reality and giving me the guidance only someone with your experience can.</i>