Posts Tagged ‘Quad Cities’

Tuesday – Quads, Back, Calves

Front Squat – 145x3x9

Bent Over Row – 145x3x9

Dumbbell Shrugs – 50x3x20

Standing Calf Raises – 355x3x20

Daily “Selfie” – This my Iowa’s Strongest Man T-shirt that I purchased at the Quad City Strength and Fitness Expo.  I hope to maybe compete in Iowa’s Strongest Man someday.  I am also wearing my Elitefts Strong(er) Lever Belt.  I might have to get another one.  I have lost so much weight that I don’t really have a way to make it smaller anymore.


Sunday – Quads/Upper Back/Calves

Front Squats – 135x2x10 (felt really good today)

Straight Arm Pulldowns – 50x2x10 (really starting to see size added to my lats)

Dumbbell Shrugs – 50x2x20

Standing Calf Raises – 315x2x10

Daily “Selfie” – This shirt used to have sleeves…just like most of my shirts.  This was our Summer Beer League Volleyball T-shirt.  It says Kicking Mass (church mass not bulking mass) & Taking Names.  The team was put together by my wife for the Catholic church where we are parishioners. Playing volleyball counted as my cardio (once a week, lol).


Tuesday – Quads, Back, Calves

Front Squat – (first time really trying these) 45×10, 65×5, 95×5, 135×5 – My mobility in wrists, elbows, and shoulders is fairly poor.  I had trouble using the OLY style grip.  I ended up using the crossed arms style.  It worked for now, but as it gets heavier I don’t know if that will work.  I will keep working my mobility so I can use the proper grip.

Bent Over Rows – 135x2x10

Dumbbell Shrugs – 50x2x10 (heaviest dumbbell I have right now)

Standing Calf Raises – 225x2x10


Here is my daily training “selfie”.  Here I am wearing my Shaw Strength T-shirt that I got from Brian Shaw himself at the Quad City Strength and Fitness Expo this year.  I got to talk to him privately for almost half and hour.  It was great picking his brain on training, competing, and recovering from injury.wpid-20151117_061847.jpg

Hello Everyone,

I had a blast this weekend at the Quad City Strength and Fitness Expo in Davenport, IA.  It was a great weekend getaway for my wife and myself.  The all day admission was only $15.00. The CrossFit portion of this event was huge.  I didn’t watch much of it because, to be honest, it didn’t interest me all that much.  It did look like they were working hard and the audience was loving it.  There was a youth powerlifting demonstration and it was great to see kids getting into strength training.  There was arm wrestling and the Guns and Hoses (police and firefighter) strongman competition.  The Quad City Strongman Challenge and APF Powerlifting Meet were great.  Saw lots of great lifts on the powerlifting side and saw some strongman events that I haven’t seen in person before.  The strongman events were axel press, axel-tire deadlift, frame carry, yoke carry, atlas stone over bar, and crucifix hold.  There were a couple special guests that I got the pleasure of talking with for a while, Fred “Biggie” Smalls, IFBB Pro bodybuilder and the 3x World’s Strongest Man, Brian Shaw.  wpid-20150808_090114.jpg

Brian was awesome.  He signed my copy of his book and talked to me for a while about his training and competitions.  I also had the privilege of meeting Odd Haugen.


Odd was also amazing.  He convinced me to give MAS Wrestling a try.  So…I actually competed in the MAS Wrestling tournament at the Quad City Strength and Fitness Expo.


Here is me standing in my Official Athlete t-shirt.  (I will post some videos and pics in a little bit.)  I actually won 1 of my 4 matches and was probably in 4th place, even though I didn’t see my scores.  I really liked it and will probably try to do it again sometime.  I got to meet a great MAS Wrestling team from Oklahoma.  Very nice people, supportive, and gave very good advice.

I will definitely go back next year.  I will probably participate in the APF powerlifting meet and the MAS Wrestling tournament.  Maybe I will try the strongman contest.   I don’t know.  What I do know is that I had a lot of fun and that I will recommend it to all of my friends to attend.

The only bad thing about this weekend was that I didn’t get to train and my diet was terrible.  I am back to the grindstone today.