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USPA Competition Recap & March Challenge

By Sean | In Challenges, Events and Announcements | on March 30, 2011

Marcus Bringing Home Some Hardware!

Saturday was a long but a most excellent day. A caravan of Intrepids including Ruth, Mike, Avelyne, and I met up at the Inland Sports Center in Rancho Cucamonga to cheer Marcus on in the USPA California State Powerlifting Championship. Marcus was in the Raw division so he only lifted with a weight belt, but surprisingly there were a lot of lifters that day using squat suits and bench shirts to assist their lifts. Luckily they were all grouped in different categories to keep it fair to the Raw lifters.

Of all of the lifts, Marcus was most concerned about his back squats because this lift has caused him some injury trouble in the past and his knee had flared up about a week before the competition causing him some worry. But as we know the Emperor to do, he mobilized and warmed up well and his knee was a non-factor on Saturday. Here’s Marcus’s final back squat attempt at 142.5kg (314#) and a new PR!

After getting through the next few flights of guys in squat suits so tight they couldn’t walk right, we finally moved onto bench press where Marcus again shined. He set another PR at 127.5kg (281#) on his final attempt.

After grabbing a bit to eat and watching the guys lifting with bench press shirts that made them walk around like mummies, we were ready to deadlift. Marcus made it through his warmups with ease. It was he was ready to put up some big numbers and show off his new Skater Socks in the process. Here’s his third and final attempt at 172.5kg (380#) also setting a new PR!

When it was all over Marcus had made 9 out of 9 lifts, hit a new PR in each, and achieved a new total PR of 975#, only 25# shy of his 1,000# goal. Thanks to the Intrepid family for your support, pre-competition acupuncture/massage, and kind words of encouragement for Marcus.

Also, the end of March is upon us, and today we’ll revisit our Vertical Jump Challenge this month. Hopefully everyone’s legs aren’t too shot from the past few WODs, and you’ll be able to show off your hops today. The leaders from the beginning of the month are J.T. for the men and Holley for the women, but watch out because I’m almost positive there are some sleepers and sandbaggers out there ready to literally jump ahead of you! So make it in if you can, but if you can’t don’t worry as we’ll also revisit it tomorrow before Thursday’s Gymnastics class as well. Prizes will be given to the male and female with the highest vertical jumps, so get in on the March Challenge!

WOD 03.30.11

Vertical Jump Challenge

Back Squat

3 Rounds for time:
30 Wallball Shots
10 Knees to Elbows

(WOD courtesy of CrossFit Inland Valley)

19 Comments to "USPA Competition Recap & March Challenge"

  • jeff says:

    March 30, 2011 at 7:36 AM -


    1. Marcus says:

      March 30, 2011 at 8:40 AM -

      Again, thanks for the write-up and all the support & encouragement from everyone. For those wanting to see how the rest of the field looked, the results have been posted: http://www.uspla.org/sites/default/files/downloads/results/2011_USPA_California_State_PL,BP,DL,PP.pdf

  • Holley says:

    March 30, 2011 at 9:19 AM -

    Marcus, you made that back squat look easy…it looks like you’ll have no trouble hitting that 1000# goal!

  • Nik Werre says:

    March 30, 2011 at 10:21 AM -

    BOOM! Sick! Great job again Marcus. Extra deep on that squat too! Congrats on the PRs brother!


    Speaking of Vertical jump – haven’t tested it yet, but dunked a Bball the other day. That felt pretty awesome

  • Nik Werre says:

    March 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM -

    Dude that was pretty much a dead stop 281# bench. I didn’t know it was that strict. Awesome! Must be that cow tipping strength from living in MI right?

  • Michael H says:

    March 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM -

    Ladies and Gentlemen….

    The Emperor

  • melissa says:

    March 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM -

    congratulations, marcus! be proud of all that hard work… you are quite impressive, sir. :)

  • Jason B. says:

    March 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM -

    Congratulations, Emperor! Best nickname ever BTW.

    Who is the frigg’n 68 year old man with the 512 deadlift? That is crazy and true, old man strength.

    1. Marcus says:

      March 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM -

      If I remember the announcer’s comments right, that 68 year old man (Louie Hernandez) is quite the accomplished powerlifter.

      Lots of years in the game = ridiculous old man strength.

  • Pooja says:

    March 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM -

    DAMN SON! that was awesome!!! you looked great on those back squats :)

    way to represent CFI our dear emperor!

  • Pooja says:

    March 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM -

    and ps – WTF , 30 wall balls :(

  • Stephanie says:

    March 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM -

    Nice grind out on the bench and deadlift. Super impressive!!
    Also, nice bling around your neck.
    I need me one of those :)

    1. Marcus says:

      March 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM -

      @Steph — you can double-check the results I linked but I’m pretty sure the field for you (and Anna!) would have been WIDE open. “One of those” is yours for the taking. Care to join the PLC? I can be a most benevolent emperor.

  • Anna says:

    March 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM -

    @Pooja- correction, 90 wallballs. 3 rounds of 30! It must be pick on short people day!

    Way to go Marcuspedia!!

  • kathy says:

    March 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM -

    oh, how i miss make-up days. haha. not!!

  • Matt says:

    March 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM -

    Nice work Marcus! You are like a white Mr. T.

  • melissa says:

    March 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM -

    i prefer to think of mr. t as a black marcus.

  • Jason B. says:

    March 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM -

    We need to establish a wall like this for the Emperor


  • Kat says:

    March 31, 2011 at 7:00 AM -

    You are my HERO! Nice job and awesome heavy medal. What does that weigh the other 25#?

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