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|Name:||Robert Alan Woods|
|Height:||6' 1" (185 cm)|
- Main Gym:
- Costa's Gym
- Ex football player trying to reclaim some glimpse of former glory through powerlifting
- How I started?
- I have been lifting on and off since I was 15 years old. Most of that was for football and track in highschool and college. Once my college athletic career was done, I dabbled in bodybuilding....I liked the lifting, hated the dieting, hence my failure at that venture. Then life started to get in the way (work, kids,) and I fell out of it...like so many of us do. A little more than a year ago, I decided after almost a 5 year absence that I needed to get my fat ass back in the gym. After all, I had the time and the $$ so I had run out of excuses. After about 5 months I was approached by an older guy who was a retired powerlifter who asked me if I had ever considered the sport. He brought me a couple of old workouts that he used to use back in the day. I had always been interested in powerlifting, but never really knew where to begin. My strength coach in highschool was a powerlifter for NASA but we didn't have a team and I never had any formal training. I have spent the last 10 months training for my first meet this July.
- Why I love it?
- I love it bc of the progress...if you're training correctly, you will always see progress in some form or another. Whether that be a new 1 rep max, getting a weight for just one more rep, or finding a rep set was easier than it was the previous week.
- What motivates me?
- My #1 motivation is myself I suppose...if I miss a workout I feel like a lazy piece of crap. My other source of motivation is my wife. I'm not gonna lie, she likes the physical changes that I'm going through.
- Who inspires me?
- Ed Coan...greatest powerlifter ever. I've been using a version of his 12 week cycle since I began training. It's simple for someone like me who has to deal w/ the less than optimal equipment at my "health club". I don't have access to bands or chains or the time to learn how to use shirts or suits, so his basic periodization program gets me in and out of the gym in slightly more than an hour.
- Most notable is a 340lb bench press. It's the highest that it's ever been in my life. Rest assured, there will be more to come.