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Preparing For Training To Ramp Up

Preparing For Training To Ramp Up

The holiday season is about to be over; we only have two last holidays, left and for most of us, our training will begin to ramp up. You may be working up to a competition, some off-season training, or maybe just getting back to where you were before the holidays. Whatever the reason, now is the time to prepare yourself not just physically but also mentally. Here are a couple of tips to help you out.

Revisit your training & performance goals. This week, take a few minutes to review your goals, mini-goals, and barriers. You may need to set up a new training program based on your upcoming goals or revisit what you have already planned and make sure that it lines up.

Don’t forget to check your nutrition. Too often, we get our programming all set, and we think we have everything we need. Then about a month out of the competition, we realize that we want to be at a lower body weight. Now, we must try and squeeze every drop to get down to our goal weight. Do NOT do this. Instead, plan for it from the beginning and get your nutrition as on point as your training and programming.

The holidays could have wrecked a lot of our prior hard work, or it could have helped us with some much-needed recovery. Regardless of where you fall in these categories, do not let yourself become obsessed with any setbacks; instead, focus on moving forward. We can spend all day looking back and seeing that things didn’t work out the proper way we wanted, or we can work for it and make adjustments to our goals and enjoy the journey.

Upcoming Events

December 18, 2021 – Team Chubby Unicorns meeting: Join us as we discuss our 2021 year review and set goals for how we want the team to run in 2022. This is a FREE strength team and is open to complete beginners through experts. Check out our website:

January 2022 – Intermediate Strength Training Seminar: Join us for 3, 1-hour seminars focused on learning & incorporating intermediate movements into your strength routine by adding in bands, chains, and specialty bars. Cost is $10 per class. Sign up for classes at

This is a continuation of our Intro to Strength Training seminar, but anyone is welcome. We'll also review how to properly complete the BIG 3 movements: Back Squat, Bench Press, & Deadlift. Topics Include: 01/06 @ 5:30pm - Session 1: Intermediate Squat 01/13 @ 5:30pm - Session 2: Intermediate Bench Press 01/20 @ 5:30pm - Session 3: Intermediate Deadlift

April 2, 2022 - Florida Man Mayhem I: Ladies and Gents, mark your calendars for a day of watching strong people lift heavy shit up! We promise it will be a great time and it’s just down the road at Laishley Park. As the time comes closer, we will also be looking for volunteers to help us out. Don’t worry, you’ll be rewarded :D

Past Events

December 12, 2021 – Rhino’s Gym Jeep Ride w/Alpha Off Road: We had a great time with Alpha Offroad at Lazy Springs Recreation Area in Lehigh Acres. Ryan got the chance to see what the Jeep could do and rocked it (literally!). Chris and Scott, the owners of Alpha Off Road, are great people and support Veterans through Mission22. Check out their FaceBook page for more info:

New & Noteworthy

Coaches' Corner: Episode 9 - Powerlifting Comp Prep 2

This week we go into part 2 of our Powerlifting Competition Prep. We discussed making a checklist for what to bring and general guidelines for nutrition and sleep the night before.



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