Road to Mr. Olympia 2013: David "The Beast" Douglas

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:36 am
Squat Day 3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEQI1hsh ... e=youtu.be

This past saturday i was able to get my hands on a new Inzer TRX squat suit provided to me by my sponsor Denison Powerlifting. We went a size up from the previous suit to give me more room to work in and break into. On top of adjusting to the new suit size i also got my hands on a new pair of Nike Romaleos Volt 2′s that i wanted to adjust to as well. I wanted to get some good work in, but left my expectations to be a open due to the new situation and feel of the session to come.

Work Sets after warm ups: 600 for 3/ 650 for 3/ 725 for 2

After Steve, Manny, and Mike all spotted some things that were going on with my squats we talked it over and we were going to do some heavy walkouts as well, but after the hangup on the last set i was tapped out. For the first couple worksets, i cut the width of my stance down thinking i could go narrower, but it just caused my knees to come forward more. I corrected it set after set more and more, but when we got to the last set, i over stepped it, losing my balance a bit which caused me to helicopter the weight throwing me off foundation. I was able to correct it and stay on course, but it definitely took a toll on my energy bar for that set as my squats didn’t come up as fast as i wanted them to out of the hole.

With the new shoes, I went into it thinking that i was going to be thrown forward with the increased heel, but surprisingly i felt extremely solid in the shoes and it actually provided cushion primarily on the heel that absorbed some of the impact pressure being pounded into me with the weight on my back. I instantly feel inlove with these shoes and definitely am excited to see where we go.

Afterthoughts:

Given the situation, i am happy with this session and already thinking about the next. I am getting more and more work in the suit as it only is my 3rd time in a single ply squat suit and also leaving the straps down. I am HUNGRY for more and 800 might even come on a squat bar sooner than a bench bar lol. Love training with the guys up at OC and Mike has really took me under his wing to make me a full powerlifter.
Sgt David "The Beast" Douglas
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:40 am
Deads Day floor pulls Session 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGZAj2Oj ... e=youtu.be

Yesterday’s Dead’s day didn’t go all that bad. Ever since i started training up with at Mike Tronske’s house we have implemented a new deadlift routine that is looking very promising for my pulling. This is my 3rd training session in a single ply Inzer Fusion deadlift suit provided by my sponsor Dension Powerlifting, but when we went a size up with the Inzer TRX squat suit, we went up with the deadlift suit as well. This was my first session with the new suit on. I had 2 before this, but with the new routine, week 1, we pulled a percentage based lift from a deficit that forced you to come down farther than you would need to in competition also utilizing a “FLEXLESS” bar that gave no room for taking slack out of the lift so you would feel all of it from start to finish. The second week, we did heavy rack pulls that really honed in on locking it out on top and rolling your shoulders back which seems to be my biggest problem right now. I can get great bar speed off the floor, but me like most conventional lifters, start to trickle off with the momentum up. That is where i need to learn to kick it into another gear and really roll the shoulders back and lock out. When we finally got to week 3 of this week and started pulling from the floor, just with those 2 sessions behind me i saw a difference. One big one was how easy it was to get down to the bar. After that, it was the confidence with taking the slack out of it and really driving it to lock out. Yesterday we really wanted to do some percentage based doubles and then throw the straps up to get a feel for it alittle bit. After yesterday’s struggle with the straps up, i have a whole new respect for single ply lifters lol. It definitely is going to take some getting use to, but i will adapt and overcome. It is still just foreign to me. Each week we pull from the floor, i will go higher and higher weight doubles with the straps down, then throw the straps up and get use to the feeling to where when its close to gameday i will have the straps up the entire session and looking for strong singles. Today was 650 for 2, then back to deficits, then rack pulls, then 675-690 next floor pull day. Projection on pulls is equally as exciting and day after day all i think about is the Olympia qualifier at Santa Barbara in April, then on to the Olympia. Stay tuned for more progress videos!
Sgt David "The Beast" Douglas
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"TIME TO KILL IT"

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:32 am
Dear platform..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2ii3kaHwhU

This video i made to strictly remind myself what path lies in front of me. It is a mental letter that i have wrote to the platform as if it has become my enemy working to stop me. 2013 i am molding into a big year. I aimed my goals high, but do i think i can reach out and touch them? Absolutely. I have come into this year with negativity stripped from me, a whole new outlook on things, and hungrier than i have ever been to blow each mission up. Missions that i have set for myself this year:

Break a 2000+LB Raw total
Break a 2300+LB Single Ply total
Break a 600+LB Raw Bench Press
Break a 800+LB Single Ply Bench Press

Like i said, these goals are far from easy, but with the right attitude and consistent training under the right program, i believe every one of those can be touched. It doesn’t matter who i go against, what so and so has to say about it, it all comes down to the effort that i put out on getting there. That’s it. 2013…. TIME TO KILL IT!!
Sgt David "The Beast" Douglas
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:15 am
Excellent goals Beast! Get after it!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:29 pm
You make the coolest vids! You'll achieve those goals this year David ! Train hard and train smart!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:11 pm
DavidTheBeastDouglas wrote:Dear platform..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2ii3kaHwhU

This video i made to strictly remind myself what path lies in front of me. It is a mental letter that i have wrote to the platform as if it has become my enemy working to stop me. 2013 i am molding into a big year. I aimed my goals high, but do i think i can reach out and touch them? Absolutely. I have come into this year with negativity stripped from me, a whole new outlook on things, and hungrier than i have ever been to blow each mission up. Missions that i have set for myself this year:

Break a 2000+LB Raw total
Break a 2300+LB Single Ply total
Break a 600+LB Raw Bench Press
Break a 800+LB Single Ply Bench Press

Like i said, these goals are far from easy, but with the right attitude and consistent training under the right program, i believe every one of those can be touched. It doesn’t matter who i go against, what so and so has to say about it, it all comes down to the effort that i put out on getting there. That’s it. 2013…. TIME TO KILL IT!!



You can do it - your putting in the work - keep your mind set on the target :!:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:09 pm
..SQUAT OR DIE SESSION: 1st round of straps up..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-8S1QCY ... e=youtu.be

Squat Day 4

This morning headed to OC strength club and got my squat on. Had a good solid meal and got my HMB in me which is a MUST before any big training session. Alot of the guys looked strong today so the energy definitely helped. I also had alot of aggression from the outside world coming in so i had to channel that into my workout for a venting system. We wanted to push up each week because I have been adjusting to my new Inzer TRX squat suit, provided to me by my sponsor Dension Powerlifing, more and more with the weight never really being an issue. Last week a had a bit of a problem with my walk out that seemed to be corrected today as i took shorter steps to lock me in place very close to the rack inside of going too far out which would be wasting energy as i was coached. I did my warm up sets raw up to around 405, then put the suit on:

Work Sets: (Straps down): 615 x 3, 655 x 3, 705 x 1 (Straps up): 705 x 2, 760 x 2

The blood coming out my nose after alot of the sets was because of the fact that i JUST got over a cold the night before which i had blood coming out from constantly blowing my nose over and over again. The pressure under that bar definitely didn’t help the healing too much so please don’t worry about my blood pressure or anything lol even know i will be getting everything checked out next week for other reasons. I honestly felt really good and strong after the straps up session and every bit of me wanted to take it up for another set, but smartly i was told to save it for next week by Manny and Mike Tronske. I have alot more in the tank and i can feel the improvement with my squat each session which is drawing in alot of excitement. It seems to me that i might hit 800 on squats before i hit it on bench lol. I hope you enjoy the video and definitely stay tuned for next saturday as we go up to around the 770-780 range.
Sgt David "The Beast" Douglas
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Dension Powerlifting IAD distributor
Iron Rebel Power Gear
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Camp Pendleton Athletics
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:51 pm
SQUAT OR DIE SESSION 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xAkTdjK ... e=youtu.be

What i mean by that is that i have pushed to the next step in my squat suit for the first time straps up for the second time in preparation for this upcoming meet. I have a month or so left for my qualifier meet and then a full cycle to the Olympia so i am definitely looking for a lot of progress and ground to be made in all lifts. My squat has been coming along very well in Raw and in the single ply. Today’s session was geared towards the heavy end with straps up. The funny thing is 805 went up better than i thought it was. When i got a great setup i know i had it locked it, but i didn’t tell the crew that i was going for 2 lol. I was in the zone and i wanted it badly for a double and all i could do is hurry up and tell them to leave it before the re racked me. It threw me off a bit but i still went for it and grinded it from the bottom. The previous week we beat ourselves up pretty good and i went into this session pretty tired, but i knew that i have a deload week coming next week so i wanted to end this week on a good note and i feel good about this PR. Mike told me be smart about it and make sure if i was too tired just to cut it and look at the big picture, but when 765 came up faster than last week we knew we could give 805 a ride. Here is the session break down:
Warm-ups Raw
Bar x 5
150 x 5
240 x 5
330 x 3
420 x 2
510x 2
Suit w/ Straps Down & Knee Wraps
605 x1
655 x1
Suit w/ Straps Up & Knee Wraps
705 x1
760 x1
805 x 2
On to the massage and deload week next week and then turn it back up and get ready for this meet. After that take some time off and get ready for Olympia. Maybe 900 in the air?? Hungry…
Sgt David "The Beast" Douglas
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:22 am
Rack Pulls:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6AwrX_2J5o

There always is those days in a training cycle where you just aren’t feeling it. Yesterday was one of those days. I felt great in the lighter sets but when challenge with 825, i just didn’t follow through like i know i can. I am compelled to show you the goods and bads of the training cycle because that is reality. Yesterdays session was all about working on the top half of my dead lift which as a conventional puller has always been my rough part. I also needed more time to adjust in the suit.

Training:

Bar x 10

135 x 10

225 x 6

315 x 3

445 x 2

545 x 2

645 x 2

700 x 2

750 x 2

825 X 1 ATTEMPT (straps)

Afterthoughts:

When i look at the big picture of it, this really is the FIRST full training cycle i have ever had with proper deadlift training. For me to be making the gains that i have been i am happy with. My squat is finally coming along and now my deadlift is slowly creeping up. I want to be a well rounded lifter with great lifts across the board and with the people in my corner now i feel that i can accomplish that. Yesterday was just one of those days, but on to the next. Life doesn’t slow down neither does the training cycle. Chop it up and move on. Hope you enjoy the video.
Sgt David "The Beast" Douglas
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Iron Rebel Power Gear
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"TIME TO KILL IT"

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:41 am
Raised Platform pulls:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Bkha4_ ... e=youtu.be

Yesterday’s pulls were just another piece to the plan to raise my numbers on deadlifts. Switching up the pulls from floor pulls to rack pulls to platform pulls, they each play a bar in the the master plan. Having the 4 inch raised platform forces you not only to get down farther to increase the range, but increases your confidence when you get to the floor pulls because you would have less to get down.. You will not get as much as you would on the floor from the platform, but the more you can get off the platform you can make a rough calculation of where you should be at on the floor. Today our plan was just to get 625 for a double. Excited to see where the floor pulls will bring in the next couple weeks. Hope you enjoy the video!
Sgt David "The Beast" Douglas
Proudly sponsored by:
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Iron Rebel Power Gear
Team HMB
Camp Pendleton Athletics
I AM BEAST CLOTHING/Lady Beast Athletics
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"TIME TO KILL IT"
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