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10/28/2007 7:39:09 PM - Mike
My results from the USPF Regionals

Full report, pictures and videos

USPF Regionals

First off, let me thank Ryan Celli and his crew for all their support, help and friendship. They really came through for me in a pinch and it really means a lot. It's guys like this who keep me in the sport. Thanks guys!

Training for a meet at a commercial gym and not having the kind of crew or support that one would have at a gym like Westside proved to be difficult. My training for the USPF Regionals had it's ups and downs and left me guessing where I would be on meet day. The meet itself really opened my eyes to where my weaknesses lie.

The meet...

I have to admit, I was nervous as hell going into this meet. I barely got any sleep the night before. Woke up about an hour before I was supposed to and at breakfast I could barely eat. When we arrived at the meet, there was no need for any caffiene or ephedrine. My adrenaline was flowing like water and I was worried that if I took anything it would send me over. I was pretty geeked.

There weren't many competitors and I was surprised. The venue was great and the Mylan Park ProPerformance Center was really an awesome place to have a meet. Plenty of strongmen around for the strongman competition being held at the same time as the powerlifting was going on.


My warm ups went well and I felt pretty confident, although still nervous. My opener was 722 which I knew I could do in my sleep, but as luck would have it and if you know my history of squatting, I didn't get it. Actually, I fell over with the weight. LOL! I don't know happened but I took it again and it was a smoke show.

My third attempt, I jumped to 804, another weight that should of been easy. Actually it was easy but I called for depth.

1st Attempt Squat(can you say 'timber'!)

2nd Attempt with 722

3rd Attempt with 804, called on depth


This was a big worry. The shirt I was using I had not practiced with. My first attempt was with 534 and the lift took for ever to get down but I finally got it. Second attempt was with 566 and I nailed it. I jumped to 600 and my bad tricep raised it's evil head. By the video, it looked like I was just about to lock it out on that side when it started to come down. It would of been nice to have landed that one.

1st Attempt 534

2nd Attempt 566

3rd Attempt 600, no go


I opened with 722 and it felt great. I thought for sure I was going to have an 800+ day. I decided to make a modest jump and went to 777. Again, it felt great too until I just about had it locked out when I felt pop-pop in my left arm. I held on to lock it out and get the down signal but I was done for the day. I tore my bicep for sure.

1st Attempt 722

2nd Attempt and bicep tear


For single ply gear, having to walk the squats out and not competing for awhile, I don't think my 2066 total was half bad. I had great time, met some awesome people and I definitely have the powerlifting bug back again. I think the single ply route is the way to go for me. The stuff is a lot less restrictive, easier to get on and off and easier to work with. You might not not get a lot out of it but that's what getting stronger is all about.

Live Strong!!!,
Mike Ruggiera

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