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2/4/2010 10:49:21 PM -
Deadlift Video from Raw Unity Meet 2010

I'll finish up a little bit of extra details about the Raw Unity Meet;

Once again, my hat is off to Eric Talmant. He did an INCREDIBLE job putting this meet together in getting sponsors, finding a great hotel in a good location to give a discount rate, running a shuttle service himself multiple times per day, having good vendors on site, giving out cash prizes, having television coverage, getting a live webcam setup, and pulling together some of the best lifters in the U.S.

I will without a doubt be going back next long as the deadlift is still a non-qualifier, or assuming that I make the qualifying total if they end up having one. :-)

It was great getting to see old friends and meeting new lifters as well. It was awesome to see Matt Gary's coaching in action, especially with his incredibly sweet and strong wife, Sioux-Z Hartwig as well as his long-time friend, Dave Ricks.

The battle for the win in the women's and the middleweight men's came down to not just strength, but in picking the right attempts and in making lifts. As Matt always says to me, the winner is often the lifter who goes 9/9 and concentrates on building the total. Lifters should pick attempts based on "what's there" and not what they want to be there. Wise words.

They are located in Rockville, Maryland for anyone that's looking for a great place to train.

And of course, I owe a thanks to Shelby again for helping me get down to 165 and then rebloat myself.

Post Weigh-In

I'll keep this brief and to the point. I did low carb Monday through Thursday and zero carb on Friday. I thought this was a little bit of a pain in the ass, but it wasn't nearly as uncomfortable as the rehydration and replenishing period after weigh-ins.

I had over 1,000 grams of carbs on Saturday from cereal bars, waxy maize, and Gatorade mainly...but also some of it coming from chocolate chip cookies and nutella. The first few hours, I was really enjoying myself. Then after that, I basically sunk into an insulin coma and went outside several times because I felt close to vomiting.

I must have been entertaining for everyone else though. I had a few seats to myself with food wrappers, giant water jugs, and bags of beef jerky all around me.

The morning of the meet, I ate a breakfast that was too big and too close to 1st attempts. The guy at the hotel who made my omelet started to talking to me about how he was injured and couldn't lift as a result. This went on longer than anticipated so I shoveled my breakfast down once I got to the table so we could make it to the venue for the warmups.

The whole time, I felt like I had a pillow stuffed between my abs and my belt. Was worried about either shitting or puking on the platform, but thankfully neither occurred.

The rest is history.

bloat does NOT help the deadlift,
Matt McGorry

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