Training Update – 2.5 weeks out

Training Update – 2.5 weeks out

The last couple of weeks I have been busting my ass at Heavyweights Training Center.  I’ve been training with my team and my clients at HWTC and loving it.

I set a goal that I wanted to compete in June for the 2013 Newfoundland Power Lifting Provincials.

This is a big step for me.

“Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable.”

I competed back in 1999 and I had an amazing experience.  This was just when I started Heavyweights, and at the time I had my first store (moving from my parents house) to opening a 200 square foot store on Topsail road.

The store was so small it didn’t even have it’s own bathroom.

Not long after competing I had a vicious back injury doing deadlifts.  I was training at the YMCA going for 585 lb (6 plates per side) and I got stuck half way through the rep.

I kept fighting for the rep, way too long, but I was stubborn and I wouldn’t give up on the lift, then I felt something, It almost felt like someone had shot me in the back.

From that moment, on I couldn’t deadlift or train anymore, or for many years after.

Fast forward 10 years to right now.

I don’t exactly know why I wanted to compete this year.  No idea.  But last night I registered myself and six others from Heavyweights Training Center.

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I’m pumped.

This is a huge deal to me for a few reasons:

1. From a coaching point of view I am DAMN proud of the people I train and how strong they are.  I LOVE what I do.  I love making people stronger, faster, leaner, and HAPPIER.

I have 6 clients entering the provincials and I am so proud to have them compete.

Here are some videos of my team:

2. From a personal perspective, I am just happy to lift again.  Competing is a huge bonus.

You see at 39 years of age and lifting since I was 16, I am pretty busted up.

2 Bicep Tears (1 surgery)
1 Tendon tear hand (motorcycle accident, 3 surgeries)
1 Fractured Shoulder (damn motorcycles)
3 Bulging Discs
1 Herniated disc L4/L5
3 Doctors who told me I would never train again

Me Competing Back in the 90’s or something.. Old School lol

Snap.. There goes my bicep

Snap There Goes My Hand! Melvin Anthony at the Heavyweights Classic Show

So for me this is a personal victory.  Proof that you do not have to quit.  You can FIND A WAY and overcome.

What I lift I lift.

My goal is to simply do MY best.  Here’s what I am aiming for:

405lb Squat
315lb Bench
465lb Deadlift


If I get them I will be happy.

If I don’t, I will still be happy, because I now appreciate TRAINING.  Once you can’t train you study everything you can about training.  For years I couldn’t train heavy at all because of my herniated disc and bicep ruptures.  I wanted to train so bad but my body just wouldn’t let me.

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I was lucky to  find some of the smartest people and got their help.  (Thank you Dean Somerset, Jason Ferrugia, Rick Kasselj, Tony Gentilcore, Dr. Stu McGill, Martin Rooney, James Smith and many others).

The last 2 weeks have contained some of the best training of my life.

I am sore.

I am tired.

I ache.

But I love it.

Set a goal, and FIND A WAY.

Thanks to all my HeavyWeights Customers, Clients, Staff and my Training Team. 

I couldn’t be happier.

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