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8-7-15 – Dynamic Lower Body (Day 4/90 on the Challenge)

It’s 4:30 am and I hear the alarm going off. I jumped out of bed and knew I had work to do this morning. Since we went to sleep earlier than usual last night, I woke up with a lot more energy. I got ready in a hurry, filled my shaker cup with…



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…



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…



12-1-14 – 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…



11-4-14 – Deadlifts

Today my legs finally decided to stop being sore. Good thing too since today was deadlift day! I am working with submax weight so I can practice my form. I focused on keeping the bar path close to my body as I lifted the weight. I have a tendency to allow it to travel away…



10-3-14 – Lower Body Accessories

Following a disappointing squat, or should I say, max effort reverse band bench, day, I decided to rest my hip for a minimum of a week, and perhaps picking up on it again during my next dynamic lower body day. So, today, instead of maxing on reverse band squats, I decided to void my hip…



10-2-14 – Max Effort Bench Press

Prepared and excited to finally do my max effort squats with reverse band, I hurried to the gym without even making protein or grabbing a drink. Stretched out just as I usually do, being especially careful to my pulled or strained hip, stretching it much more than…



8-28-14 – Lessons Learned from the Barbell

If it aint broke, don’t fix it, right? This statement fits perfectly in when you are following a training program that has gotten you great results. The program is helping you reach your goals and also achieve great strength and technique. So why change it at all? Today I lingered away from my typical training…



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…



AAPF Summer Bash Powerlifting Meet Recap

This meet was unlike any other meet I had competed in the past. Not only because this is a certified, real meet unlike the small in-house meets held at HPF, but because I am beyond unprepared….