Saturday, January 23, 2016

Revisited- Kirk Karwoski Never Before Seen Training Footage

I wanted to post this again because it is amazing, inspiring training footage of Captain Kirk. Note the speed on the deadlifts.

This is never before footage of Kirk Karwoski training for his Raw AAU Meet in 2004. 

A little background here: Kirk trained and lifted in this meet "raw" , which he defines as "wearing just a belt". Kirk weighed 252 in this footage.

He squats 545, 675 and 745.

His last heavy squat workout was 2 weeks earlier, where he did 815x1. He was jumping 20lbs every other week in the squat.

Between those weeks, he would take 80% of the planned 20 lb jump and just perform a single. He felt like this kept himself "feeling" the weight without taxing him too much. For example, if he did 700x5, and 2 weeks later planned for 720x5, he would just single 575 the week after 700x5.

For the bench press, he goes, 225, 405, 445 and 485. He had a "very inflamed rotator cuff which was a nightmare". He benched 505 a month earlier.

On the deadlift, he does 495, 585, 675. The week before, pulled 785.

He only trained once a week for this meet, doing all three lifts on one day.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.