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    Tony Arakkal
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This weekend I competed with my teammates on Team Hanuman Strength at the USAPL Midwest/Central Super Regional. While we didn't all hit the numbers, we hoped to hit. We fought hard and we won the Midwest Team Crown. 
I finished 9 for 9 with the help of one of the best handler in the business Brandon Hill. 
I hit on
Squat: 292.5 Kg (645 lbs)
Bench: 160.0 Kg (352 lbs)
Deadlift: 285 Kg (628 lbs)
Total: 737.5 (1626 lbs) 
I hit PRs of squats, deads and total. 
@usapowerlifting @wahlanders @sbd.usa #usaplmi #squats #bench #powerlifting #deadlift #strykeløft #kneboy #benkpress #markløft #skwaats #binch #didlift @hanumanstrengthsystem @bhill3194 #acpl
This weekend I competed with my teammates on Team Hanuman Strength at the USAPL Midwest/Central Super Regional. While we didn't all hit the numbers, we hoped to hit. We fought hard and we won the Midwest Team Crown. I finished 9 for 9 with the help of one of the best handler in the business Brandon Hill. I hit on Squat: 292.5 Kg (645 lbs) Bench: 160.0 Kg (352 lbs) Deadlift: 285 Kg (628 lbs) Total: 737.5 (1626 lbs) I hit PRs of squats, deads and total. @usapowerlifting @wahlanders @sbd.usa #usaplmi  #squats  #bench  #powerlifting  #deadlift  #strykeløft  #kneboy  #benkpress  #markløft  #skwaats  #binch  #didlift  @hanumanstrengthsystem @bhill3194 #acpl 
Last squat session of my meet prep. I worked up to a nice and easy single at 249.5 Kg (550 lbs). I followed up the squat with  heavy walkouts finishing at 705 lbs for an 8 count. I should have had someone else count for me. Honestly, I don't know how @christopher.thacker and @usapl275 are able to squat that much weight. I guess if that is my career goal I better get used to it. 
#usapl #usaplmi #powerlifting #squats #strykeløft #knebøy #skwaats #weightlifting @hanumanstrengthsystem
Last squat session of my meet prep. I worked up to a nice and easy single at 249.5 Kg (550 lbs). I followed up the squat with heavy walkouts finishing at 705 lbs for an 8 count. I should have had someone else count for me. Honestly, I don't know how @christopher.thacker and @usapl275 are able to squat that much weight. I guess if that is my career goal I better get used to it. #usapl  #usaplmi  #powerlifting  #squats  #strykeløft  #knebøy  #skwaats  #weightlifting  @hanumanstrengthsystem
My last heavy pull before USAPL Midwest/Central Super Regionals. 
280 Kg (617 lbs)

I wore my Intelligent Strength shirt to rep Alex at Das Gym. His performance at IPF Worlds was gutsy. Due to injury he straight legged deadlifted 300 Kg (661 lbs). I was also happy because I was finally able to get a training session in with @doingjustdandee. He did a mock meet today and he crushed it. 
@usapowerlifting @wahlanders @intelligentstrength #deadlifts #powerlifting #strykeløft #markløft #didlift #weightlifting @hanumanstrengthsystem
My last heavy pull before USAPL Midwest/Central Super Regionals. 280 Kg (617 lbs) I wore my Intelligent Strength shirt to rep Alex at Das Gym. His performance at IPF Worlds was gutsy. Due to injury he straight legged deadlifted 300 Kg (661 lbs). I was also happy because I was finally able to get a training session in with @doingjustdandee. He did a mock meet today and he crushed it. @usapowerlifting @wahlanders @intelligentstrength #deadlifts  #powerlifting  #strykeløft  #markløft  #didlift  #weightlifting  @hanumanstrengthsystem
I unintentionally hit a PR today. I was really amped up by watching IPF Worlds this week. I worked up to what I thought was a 2nd attempt. I found out afterwards that I was squatting with a Buddy Capps Sabertooth Bench bar. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 The bar weighed 55 lbs. I squatted 640 lbs here. 
#usapl #usaplmi @sbd.usa #powerlifting #squats #weightlifting #strykeløft #knebøy #skwaats @hanumanstrengthsystem  #acpl #uspami
I unintentionally hit a PR today. I was really amped up by watching IPF Worlds this week. I worked up to what I thought was a 2nd attempt. I found out afterwards that I was squatting with a Buddy Capps Sabertooth Bench bar. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 The bar weighed 55 lbs. I squatted 640 lbs here. #usapl  #usaplmi  @sbd.usa #powerlifting  #squats  #weightlifting  #strykeløft  #knebøy  #skwaats  @hanumanstrengthsystem #acpl  #uspami 
Final series of cluster deadlifts. Here is from my final cluster at 596 lbs (270.3 Kg.) This is my 1st and 3rd single. 
I also did 2 board bench with my BenchBlok. I set a PR 365 x 2. 
@usapowerlifting #deadlifts #benchpress #strykeløft #markløft #marklyft #didlift #binch #powerlifting #weightlifting @benchblokz #wahlanders
I decided to break out my Lift 4 Life A7 for my final heavy cluster squat set session. Lift 4 Life helps kids in Zimbabwe learn the sport of powerlifting. Zimbabwe is a mess and learning a sport helps kids gain confidence in their abilities. Powerlifting is a low cost sport which makes it easier to conduct in the poor cities and villages of Zimbabwe. 
Today I worked up to singles at 600 lbs (272.2 Kg.) The videos are of my 1st and 3rd singles. The last picture is of my dog who apparently wanted to lie on top of my sweaty shirt. 
@lift4life_worldwide @a7intl #usapl #usaplmi #squats #powerlifting #weightlifting #strykeløft #knebøy #skwaats
I decided to break out my Lift 4 Life A7 for my final heavy cluster squat set session. Lift 4 Life helps kids in Zimbabwe learn the sport of powerlifting. Zimbabwe is a mess and learning a sport helps kids gain confidence in their abilities. Powerlifting is a low cost sport which makes it easier to conduct in the poor cities and villages of Zimbabwe. Today I worked up to singles at 600 lbs (272.2 Kg.) The videos are of my 1st and 3rd singles. The last picture is of my dog who apparently wanted to lie on top of my sweaty shirt. @lift4life_worldwide @a7intl #usapl  #usaplmi  #squats  #powerlifting  #weightlifting  #strykeløft  #knebøy  #skwaats 
My headphones died so I tried to use my phones speakers to drown out the weird pop metal in the background. At the very least you guys get to hear Cannibal Corpse. 
Cluster set deads today topping out at 571 lbs. (259 kg). Here is my 1st and last single. 
@usapowerlifting #deadlifts @wahlanders #powerlifting #markløft #marklyft #weightlifting #didlift  #cannibalcorpse
It was about 100 degrees in Royal Oak Gym. Helping train for the worst conditions. Today was squats. From my last cluster, here is my 3rd and 4th single at 580 lbs (262.5 kg ish) 
@usapowerlifting #squats #powerlifting #weightlifting #strykeløft #knebøy #skwaats #ACPL #usapl
Training session before EDC. Cluster sets at 255 Kg (562 lbs) 
Here is my 2nd and 5th singles. Things moving decently. Comp plates feel heavy on the descent but on the way up they feel great.
I am wearing my 22nd Street Barbell shirt. I need to make a return trip to Des Moines soon.

@usapowerlifting #powerlifting #squats @sbd.usa @22ndstbarbell #strykeløft #knebøy #weightlifting #skwaats
Training session before EDC. Cluster sets at 255 Kg (562 lbs) Here is my 2nd and 5th singles. Things moving decently. Comp plates feel heavy on the descent but on the way up they feel great. I am wearing my 22nd Street Barbell shirt. I need to make a return trip to Des Moines soon. @usapowerlifting #powerlifting  #squats  @sbd.usa @22ndstbarbell #strykeløft  #knebøy  #weightlifting  #skwaats 
Back to doing a ton of clusters of triples. 485 x 3

@usapowerlifting #squats #powerlifting #weightlifting #strykeløft #knebøy #skwaats #ACPL
Had a rough training session my lower back was acting up. Here are my 1st and 6th pull from my top cluster at 540 lbs (245 kg). @usapowerlifting
#deadlifts #powerlifting #weightlifting #strykeløft #markløft #didlifts @wahlanders #ACPL
It has to been too long!!!
It has to been too long!!!
Burnt ends and ribs!!!
Burnt ends and ribs!!!
This guy crushed it today. Corwin hit wrapless squat PR today at 515 lbs (233.6 Kg) and pulled 550 lbs (249.5 Kg.) #bodybuilding #powerlifting #powerbuilder #squats #deadlifts @ho1mez