I have competed in this show the past three years and each year it gets bigger and better. I am only four weeks out from the IPF Classic World Championship in Sudzal, Russia so I did not try to peak for this event, but decided to use the competition as a heavy training day. With the IPF Worlds being the focus event I didn’t feel like I could afford to take any break from my heavy training, so I trained heavy the week of the event. At the Empire Classic I lifted RAW and was able to pull 804 for the win but did not have enough energy that day to complete my last attempt with 848.
With just 4 weeks of training to go before I compete in Russia these next couple weeks are critical. I have changed up my deadlift training a little this time and have been pulling 1 set of 8 every other week instead of 1 set of 5. This week I have 8x705. This will be a huge confidence builder if I can make this set.
Check out the following highlight video of the deadlifts at the Empire Classic: