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2-9-15 – Internship at HPF Opened My Eyes

For those of you who did not know, for the last 10 weeks I have been interning at High Performance Fitness shadowing (assignment from my school, Robert Morris University) Mike while he trains his clients. This experience was truly…



1-18-15 – TEAM HPF’s 2nd Annual Iron & Ice Powerlifting Meet Recap


Another great experience at the 2015 iron and ice meet at HPF. Just like last year the meet was filled with PR’s, positivity, and a energy in the air that can only be found at HPF. My training…



12-19-14 – Heavy Squats

Working on some reverse band squats and I’m pushing the limit today because I know its going to be one of the last heavy days before the meet. After watching the video, I feel that my form stayed strong and consistent as the weight increased. I feel that staying tight at the bottom of the…



12-2-14 – Max Effort Close Grip Bench Press

Today was Day 2 to getting my training back together. I am a little sore from my session but not as much as I thought. I wanted to work my triceps a little more today so heavy close grip bench press was the perfect solution! From my warm ups to my last heavy set, every…



12-1-14 – Back at it with “Heavy” Deadlifts

Let me start off by saying that it feels great to start training again! Things have been REALLY hectic and to make matters worse, I am getting over a slight cold. With those bullshit reasons behind me now, I’m ready to train hard!

Deadlifts were always my weakest lift so why not start with it? Working…



11-10-14 – Pressing Some Bench

Technique. Technique. Technique. During these last few light training sessions I have been able to put more emphasis on the correct positioning. Squeezing my upper back and driving my feet into the ground help a great amount!!! Not only does it keep me more stable, but it shortens the range of motion. My sternum stays…



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…



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…



6-5-14 – 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…



5-30-14 – DE Upper Body

Three by three of all three grips! Moved up the weight a little from last week, everything felt great! I got good leg drive for every rep this session. Today was my first time doing Meadows rows and pistol raises, so those were fun……..not! They weren’t that bad, actually. Just something new.

On a side note,…