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My name is Brian Radulovich.  I am a certified USPA powerlifting coach and a former USA powerlifting judge.  I have competed in powerlifting for the past 25 years.  I won the 2009 USA Powerlifting Men’s Nationals and hold the Colorado State records for squat (744), Bench Press (474), and Total (1873).  I recently deadlifted 700lb at the age of 41 years old.  I am the proud partner of Mountain Crossfit coach/member, Kyra Azzam and father of Lucy Radulovich.

 

I am going to be starting a powerlifting/strength class at the gym.  The class will be about 45 minutes long and will be only comprised of Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift.  I believe that focusing on these lifts is the most efficient and quickest way to increase maximum strength.  An increase in maximum strength in these lifts will translate to improved Crossfit wods.  How much better will you do on your deadlift AMRAP if your deadlift increases be 50lb?  How much easier will it be to jump on a 30″ box if your squat goes up by 50lb?  How much better will your push-ups be if your Bench Press goes up 20lb?  This goes for many of the crossfit movements.  If you notice one thing about the top level crossfit competitors, they are strong and have extremely good maximum strength in Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift.  No one that can Snatch 275lb+ has a deadlift under 550lb.  If anyone wants to pursue any powerlifting aspirations, this class will provide the avenue for this too.

 

Conditioning is relatively easy to obtain and maintain by consistently going to Crossfit.  A significant increase in maximum strength can’t be obtained by Crossfit alone, unless you are a “freak of nature”.  Maximum strength is simple to improve upon but it does require a near 100% commitment to this once a week class.     The specific training will depend upon what level you are at.  Initially, people with adequate form will work up to a heavy set of 5 each week on each exercise, adding a little bit of weight each week (Progressive overload).  If you are new to the exercises or don’t display adequate form, I will assist you with getting to that point.  More intermediate lifters may be provided with a more advanced approach.

 

I will never expect someone to do something until they are physically ready to do so.  This isn’t “cramming” for a test.  This class will not be a “workout” be a progressive and methodical approach to getting stronger.  Also, for any women worried about this class making them “bulky,” it absolutely won’t.  As “Crossfitters” you guys already walk around knowing your in better shape than most people.  Why not walk around knowing you are stronger than them too.

 

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