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Tag: Aaron Starkey

Aaron Starkey – AAPF Summer Bash Powerlifting Meet Recap

Over all I was pretty happy with my lifts and the meet itself. I did not reach the numbers that I anticipated, but that’s ok. It was a good place to start. I know what…



7-8-14 – Deadlifts

Today went really well. My deadlift form felt it’s best today as I have been trying to evolve it to where it is supposed to be. I went beltless as well. I won’t put a belt on until I get to 1-2 reps. I can’t seem to pull more than 1 or 2 with a…



7-5-14 – Squat Day

Today was a really good day!  I didn’t have much ache in my knees. I’ve been doing a light wrap on my knees at the very start of my warm ups which has helped a lot. Once I do some research, I will be incorporating some patella tendon prehab in as well. I decided to go…



6-17-14 – Bench Press

Today was my second cycle, second week for 5/3/1. In my last log I explained that I learned the importance of breathing and bracing. Meaning utilizing my breath, to push my stomach out and tighten my abs which transfers over to stability for my back and whole upper body in general.  I used this technique…



6-14-14 – Squats: New Lesson Learned

Today was my first squat session of my second cycle of 5/3/1. I learned a valuable lesson today. It is probably the most over looked thing I have ever been taught. BREATHING AND BRACING. I have a history of low back issues going back to h.s from an injury that required back surgery while…



6-7-14 – Squats (as many as possible)

Today concluded my first cycle being on 5/3/1. This is the first time I have ever been on a progressive program like this. I learned today that with 13 years of experience in the gym I know next to nothing. This feeling is both rewarding and discouraging. Granted, most of those years were in the…



6-5-14 – Bench Press (as many reps as possible)

Today was my last bench press for my first cycle.  Unfortunately today i was exhausted.  Nonetheless,  I ended up with an AMAP (as many as possible) that was 5 lbs away from my max (385) so it was a good day. I ate really good today. Had 4 meals in me before the gym but…



6-3-14 – Deadlifts & Bloody Shins

Today was the end of my first 5/3/1 cycle for deadlifts. All I could think about all day was the last set I had to do which was to be as many as possible (AMAP).  I was more than ready. It was going to be a big challenge considering I just started deadlifting a few…



5-21-14 Bench Press

Today is my bench day for my first cycle of 5/3/1. I ate great today. Plenty of good calories and a gallon of water. Training went really well. I was able to really focus on my form because it’s my first week and my percentages are so low. I was also able to move the…



5-14-14 – Bench Work

Today was a rough day overall. I didn’t take in nearly enough calories. I was even contemplating not coming in ( I view this as counterproductive) but a friend talked me into it. Everything felt good but after watching video of my sets I notice my elbows flaring out while pressing back…