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Qualifying for the 2015 American Open

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I qualified for the 2015 American Open yesterday! This has been my goal, not just for this year, but since I started competing in weightlifting. I still cannot believe that I did it. I feel like I’m still in shock. Honestly, it could not have went any better. However, I should turn back the clock[…]

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What I Would Tell My High School Self

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As we all do, I sometimes wonder would I would do differently if I could travel into the past when I was still in high school. What would I tell myself if I had a conversation with the younger Doug? Well, here are some of the things I decided I would say… Work Harder at[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Competition Week

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This road to the 2015 American Open has not been an easy one. I’m sure you could tell from the lack of posts in the last few months. I cannot believe I’ve been so far behind on my training log! My apologies…it’s been a crazy last 10 weeks or so since my last training log[…]

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Elbows Up! Is this Necessary?

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For many years I’ve seen coaches constantly screaming cues for their athletes to keep their elbows up in lifts like the front squat, press, and jerk. I’m here to tell you to stop it before you make the same mistake. What if that athlete has certain restrictions that don’t allow him/her to get into the[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 4, Days 1&2

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I’ve returned from my work trip/vacation in Orlando. Sounds rough, right? Well, it was for my training. I had to train at a Gold’s gym while I was there…and that was rough. It’s been awhile since I’ve trained where people have no clue what they’re doing and still get training tips out of magazines. I’m[…]

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Road to the American Open: Take 4 & 5

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I’ve had to work a clinic the last couple days, so that is why I’m posting the last two training days of the week. Unfortunately, my phone got screwed and I’m waiting for a replacement, so I wasn’t able to get the HRV recordings for the last few days. Felt fairly good overall for the[…]

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The Basics are Boring…

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…said nobody, ever; or at least they shouldn’t be saying that if they have. The basics are the furthest from boring in my mind. Yes, they are frequently used, but that’s because they work! Major movements like the back squat, deadlift, bench press, strict press (military), clean, and snatch are the foundations of every program. These[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Take 2

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Today’s training went well. It was a lighter day, overall, compared to yesterday. I’ve written recently about the changes I’ve made that I feel will allow me to progress better than I ever have before. One of the biggest changes was including Joel Jamieson’s BioForce HRV into my training (and the training of my athletes).[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Take 1

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I’m currently training to qualify for the American Open, which is something I’ve always wanted to do; qualify, that is. I’ve come close in the past, but never quite made it. I think my current numbers stack up around the following; although, I have not tested my lifts for some time now. Current Bodyweight: 78.6kg[…]

Smolov Residuals

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I recently discussed residuals and why they are important. I’ve just finished the Smolov base cycle (4 week program; 3 weeks of 4 days/week back squats; 4th week is deload-to-max). I was successful in achieving a new PR (365–>380#) on this program and hope to continue building this strength as I transition into a more Weightlifting-intensive[…]