Hey, guys. It’s been awhile since my last blog post, but now I’m ready to start again after taking a break and dealing with a whole bunch of personal stuff. As you may remember, I made strength goals for myself that spanned the length of my fall semester for school, so I thought it would seem fit if I did the same thing for this spring semester (Happens to be my last one because I graduate in May. Yay!!!).

I was very satisfied with my effort last semester and I have this blog and everyone who stops by to thank for it. Although I may not have many people who regularly follow me (if you do, THANK YOU!!!), the fact that I made my goals public to the world gave me extra motivation to try my hardest to attain them. Now I want to do it again because I deeply enjoyed the whole process and want to keep on evolving and growing as a person. So, here are my goals:

Strength Goals (Spring 2014)

Here are my current numbers in each lift (the only lifts I’ve actually maxed out thus far are bench press, power clean, and hang clean):

  • Bench Press: 315lbs
  • Deadlift: 315lbs
  • Power Clean: 245lbs
  • Clean and Jerk: 225lbs
  • Snatch: 135lbs
  • Hang Clean: 225lbs
  • Squat: 245lbs

You may notice that some of my lifts compared to others don’t make sense. For example, I want to deadlift 500lbs, but why am I only trying to squat 315lbs? Well, I have a historically bad right knee that’s been dislocated 3 times which resulted in MCL complications in addition to the surrounding tissue. This then prevented me from squatting in recent memory.

Despite this, however, I’ve been using certain restorative techniques, such as foam rollers, bands, lacrosse balls,  stretching, and actually performing the squat correctly, to help facilitate proper knee function in absence of pain. So far the results are great and I have Kelly Starrett’s, How to Become a Supple Leopard, to thank in large part because of it (click here to find out more about Kelly and here to check out his book). I’m also recovering from a lower oblique back strain and a month off of rest to heal.

Regardless of my setbacks, I look forward to trying to achieve all my goals in every lift this semester and hope you can come along for the journey. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to comment and tell me about your own strength goals. I’ll see ya next time!

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