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Coronavirus General Commentaries

August 2020

By Gary F. Zeolla


These Commentaries are continued from Coronavirus General Commentaries: July 2020.


    These commentaries are only about the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. For my commentaries on other news events, see Commentaries on Biblical and Constitutional Politics. Opposite of that page, the comments are posted here in chronological order. Oldest on top, newest at the bottom. For additional Coronavirus Commentaries, see  Coronavirus Articles and Commentaries on Biblical and Constitutional Politics.

Upcoming Powerlifting Contest

     I will be competing in a #powerlifting contest next month. But I am not announcing the exact date or location. That is because the meet director is determined to proceed with the contest, even if the authorities in his state try to institute another lockdown. As such, I do not want to tip off the authorities as to when and where the contest will be. I will just say, the meet director has already held a contest at this site last month, and it went off with no problems. But I will be taking precautions.

     I will only be in two locations: the hotel and the contest site. I will be taking all of my food with me, so I won’t be going to any restaurants. I will also take disinfectant with me for the hotel room. I wear a mask going in and out of the hotel, when I go for weigh-ins, and at the contest, except when I am doing my warmup sets and contest attempts. When I get gas, I will wear gloves or disinfect my hands afterwards.

     The hotel and contest site are literally in the middle of nowhere, so it is not a well-trafficked area. And the gym/ contest site has large garage doors at one end, which will be open for the contest, which will make it almost like being outside, which is far safer than being inside.


     Then after the contest, I will be self-isolating for a couple of weeks. That is my normal lifestyle due to my health situation. But I will need to go Pittsburgh’s food co-op and have a doctor’s appointment afterwards. But I purposely scheduled the appointment three weeks after the contest, so I can wait two weeks to go to the co-op, then the doctor the week after that.

     That said, my training has been going great, just as it was back in March, until my planned contest in April was canceled. That is why I am determined to enter this contest.

     I have been hitting 50s PRs for most of my work sets. That is rather good considering I am 59, so you would think my lifts would be going down as this decade of my life progresses, but they are still going up. But that has been mostly for “look-alike lifts” not the actual powerlifts.

     But starting with my workout on Thursday (8/13/20), I will be focusing on the actual powerlifts in my training. Note by “actual powerlifts,” I mean both Squats with Sleeves and Squats with Wraps and both Conv Deadlifts and Sumo Deadlifts. I most certainly will compete with a Sumo stance on Deadlifts, but I want to also peak on Conv Deadlifts, as I think doing so will help the Sumo lift.

     On Squats, I am not sure yet if I will use sleeves or wraps. I will see how my peaking workouts go for each and decide from there. But I am leaning towards doing what I did for my contest last September, open with sleeves then switch to wraps for my second and third attempts.

     I will still do some assistance work, but the focus from here out will be on the actual Big 3. I am looking forward to it.

For an update to this post, see APF/ AAPF Ohio State Powerlifting Championships - 2020 (under “The Coronavirus” near the end).


These commentaries are continued at: Coronavirus General Commentaries: April September 2021.

Coronavirus General Commentaries: August 2020 . Copyright 2020 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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