European Masters July 17

Here is my take on the European Masters, Firstly I am I retained my Title.

Squats:  Well only making 2 out of the 3 lifts I ended on a 300Kg lift.  I missed my 2nd lift on 295Kg why if I am honest I don’t know the set up felt good but I just hit a wall half way up and it was a dead stop. Deciding to add a few Kgs more and go for the 300Kgs was the right choice for me and it was a much better lift, and a successful lift.

So it was a Gold medal to start the day off

Bench:  Again I only made 1 out of the 3 attempts and that was my opener off 205Kgs. I missed 212.5Kgs and then went to 221Kgs for a shot at the European Bench record again it was not to be and I do think the 3rd lift was the better off the 2 failures.

Again this was the Gold medal

Deadlift:  Strangely enough I have had more medals in the Masters Deadlift section than I have ever had before. A comfortable opener of 235Kgs gave me the overall Gold in the weight class, and then the fun started with 3 off us starting to fight for the Gold Deadlift medal.  My 2nd attempt being 245Kgs and was really the wrong weight I was too conservative, I made it with some relative ease and then on the last lift we opted to make a few changes with the weight as the other guys missed their attempts, this left me with a pull off  247.5kg for the win.

Gold Deadlift medal

My overall total was 752.5Kgs and was enough to give me the Silver in the Overall Best Lifter award, funnily losing the Gold by less than 2 points I think it was oh well that’s life and at least I got into the Best Lifters position again.

So what’s next then well it has to be the Worlds and that will be a really different competition, things will have to be different and the whole game plan will be taken out of my comfort zone, having a really strong rival in the class from Japan who is a top class lifter there is possibly another former competitor likely to be in the class also. So with the Swedish lifter coming into the equation it will be a tough class. So it is now back into training and there are lots of things to focus on ahead off the comp and this build up needs to be spot on and the focus on for every session.

European Masters

It has been a while since the last blog update, so here goes training has gone ok. The plan I set out went as week as I can expect. Despite a few bits not going the way I wanted to I made it to the end of the program without anything major going wrong.
My main concern was breaking in my new Bench shirt and that has been hit or miss if I am honest. If I hit the line well then I do feel I can get a good bench out but if I don’t then it could be more like miss. During the last few weeks I have however picked up a slight niggle on my elbow whilst I am sure it is nothing major I have eased back to be sure that it done not become something major and cause me time out, after this comp.
so today we are on the way to Pilzen for the comp. the body weight is just over and I have a few pounds to drop before Friday for the weigh inn.
Having lifted here several times I know the venue and set up is great and the Czech republic do a first class job with these events. I am not going to go on about any numbers at the moment I just want to see how things go and hopefully the end result will be something I am happy with. So for anyone who has been following my blog will know the changes I have done in my training and with a few things I changed I am happy and there are some I am not happy in the way it went. Power lifting to me is still a learning curve and I suppose if you don’t try things out then you won’t know. I wanted to try a few different ideas and it has given me the opportunity to work on a few weaknesses and to change things around.
With the Worlds not really that far away after this comp I will have to get back into training pretty soon after this comp and that will mean planning things a bit more carefully for that event. After all there is no pressure on me as defending champion yeah right who am I kidding. That is one event that I really have to be in prime form for if I wish to stay as World champion.
So anyway for now I am going to chill a bit and I will update the blog soon after the comp on Friday. For anyone who wants to watch it live then I am lifting Friday morning at 11 o clock I think it is group B think we are in room 2 on the live stream
Here is the link
http://goodlift.info/live2/onlineside.html
And as always I would like to Thank those who have helped me in so many different ways.
Nrg Fuel being a great family based supplement company.
Titan support systems for the Best single ply kit on the market.
Vice grip,and to my employer Vale Europe. And finally all the boys at Yonka’s Gym who help spot me and make sure I am safe when I train, without all these peoples help I could not make things possible. A Big Thanks you guys from the bottom of my Heart.

Build-up

So the build-up. Things are going slow and sort off to plan. As per life and things not always running smooth things sometimes have to change. For me that’s the way it has to be sometimes. Whilst I have my plan I do change and adjust when and where I feel is necessary. 

Anyway what’s been happening. Well the has been some kit added to my build up and the bench shirt went on this week. I have to say they are horrible things to get used to but given the results it is worth it. So with me being at the part where my weights are starting to get heavier and the need to be comp precise it is only fitting that the shirt comes out to play. 

Big THANKS to my Sponsors Titan for the new shirt. Being happy with the got off the size and everything it is not different in any other way to the fact it is new compared to my old one. 

So build up well with the shirt on the sets and reps have altered a bit as per the laid out part in my program and the shirt will only be on for the heavy sessions. I do tend to do like most 2 session in bench/ upper body a week. Tbh I probably don’t do anything different than most other lifters really. Over time you find out what things work and what don’t and being smart you go with what does. I do change my assistance around and I like to do that from the point it keeps me feeling fresh and the body guessing. A mixture between dumbbell work and the normal bar does stimulate my session a bit more.

 

Break and back at the gym

So what’s been happening in my world then ?
After a well earned break away with my children it is now back and the focus is on the European Masters in July.
Having done some pre training cycle raw stuff it will be good to get back in to the kit and start to prep for the comp. With the nominations going to be closed soon we will be able to see the class and who is down to lift. So anyway with the small changes I have introduced in the last few months and with what I want to move on forward with I am excited to see what benefit they will give me. Doing all sorts off different assistance lifts has been a welcome change and something that was well over due. For those of you who read the blog you will be aware I followed the Arnold Assault program that’s Blaine Summers used for set his record breaking performance at that comp. there was certain bits that I found worked well with what I do and a few that just don’t suit me tbh. After all there is not one program that suits us all. My main lifts will be along my normal template and with the adjustments implemented.
I have spent a fair bit off time looking at this and did not have my normal lazy approach to it and that was well it has always been ok so it should be now.
The changes that have been implemented are not massive and have given me the option to work on some off my weaker points.
Last weekend I was up in sunny Glasgow with my lovely lady and we managed to have some chill out time and also a bit off couples training. With the distance we don’t always get to train together but when we have out time we make it a must do thing. Again like myself Michelle is training hard for the Euros and will be eager to better her British performance. Again with some changes in her program the results are coming through already. Fair play she does give it 100% in each session and knows there is a job to do come comp day.

Comeback trail

Finally making it back into the gym and starting to get back into a routine. 

So for now the focus will be going into my raw training for a while before I start my European build up. I have been looking at some different things to mix it up a bit. I have got a few ideas and have had a copy off the Blaine summers build up he did for the Arnold Classic this year. Well I figure a man who can do the biggest total in the IPF must have some good ideas. 

There is a good video on YouTube where he talks about raw lifting and equipped. I have not really seen much off his videos but will check them out. In this one he talks about his transition to equipped. 

Anyways for me it was about having some new idea and something to follow for now.  After all I think if I don’t have something set out then I will become lazy with my training. And whilst things are going good right now I want to capitalise on that. Again his ideas are quite basic and that suits me and will be easy for me too follow. 

Again i am going to be keeping an eye on my body weight as that definitely makes a big difference to me. So food prep here we come and I do thing when I do this I actually eat more as well as better. For me I do like picking at food and not always eating right. Kebeb’s and fast food are a easy way to snack and I don’t want to be doing that. 

About Bloody time

Wow well it has been ages since I updated the blog page, sort off fallen out of routine with it, Well things are now back to normal well as normal as it can be I suppose. So what’s happened well let’s see oh yes I WON the World masters Title and then I went all quiet.

So here it is at the Home nations last year I lifted in the Welsh Team and lifter at the 83s for a change as there was no real need to be in the 74s this time. With not having anything planned out It was just see on the day and as it happens the day went well. On the day it was 302Kg Squat 215Kg Bench and a 245Kg deadlift for a 762.5Kg Total, all lifts apart from the Deadlift were Masters 1 British Records and worked out a 10 times bodyweight total also. This was my part in helping the Welsh Team win the Event on home ground. 

There was a small rest period after this then it was time to get back into training towards the British Equipped this year.

Despite not having the best build up towards the British it was surprisingly the best days lifting I have done for a long time. Making bodyweight was easy this time as there is one thing that had gone well and that was maintaining my bodyweight to try to keep close to my weight class.

On the day I was just under with some weight to spare and then it was all systems go. Whilst I was not happy with the build-up for this my main aim was to win and then make my international selection.

When I started to warm up for the days lifting it is fair to say I was feeling good on the day. Having 2 squats in I decided to put on the British Record off 312.5Kgs and as soon as I took the weight out it felt good, making a successful lift and feeling like I could actually squat again was a great start to the comp. Missing my 2nd bench and retaking the 212.5Kg was needed to give me a shot at the Total record I wanted so much. With an easy opener I jumped to 252.5Kg for a go at the total record. Making the lift and giving me a new total record off 777.5Kgs I decided to pass on a third lift. Both the squat and Total had stood for over 3 years by me and it was a long time coming but things are looking good for the year ahead. Finally things are on the up and my static total from the last few years has gone.

As always I am Thankful for my Sponsors and their continual support,  Nrg Fuel and Titan Support Systems have been amazing with the help they have given me. Along with Vice Grip I don’t think I could ask for more

So what is next then, well it has been some rest time before the training starts towards the European Masters later in the year.  I have decided I won’t be going to compete before this comp and this will give me time to get some decent training in and I can work on the bits that I feel like I need to address ahead off the Euros.

Now that things are back to normal my blog will be updated a lot more often like normal and it will soon be back to all guns blazing. Well after all I have both European and World Titles to defend this year.

 

Video for you guys

Here is the video from the World Masters.

And also check out this one.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/77f78b58530e007704cf3bcee/files/British_Powerliftng_Magazine_AW_LR.pdf

Update after the IPF World Masters

Finally got round to updating my blog and  well better late than never i suppose. Firstly it was the first time I have been to Estonia and it is fair to say the whole comp and hotel set up was great. The Estonian federation have run a few comps in the last couple off years and they have all been a great success. Anyway back to the lifting, during this build up there have been a few issues I had to relook at with my training and change a few things around to get back to where I wanted to be. I think on the whole the build up went well and nearly everything I set out to do I did. My body weight has been good since the European’s in July and that was something I wanted to monitor. It was good being 80Kgs sometimes but if I am honest it was way too heavy for me.

On the day off the comp I weighed in a bit lighter then I had expected more so as the day before my weight had jumped up a bit more then I would have liked.

Feeling good in the warm up I knew my squats were finally starting to feel good again and I was confident I could handle a decent weight that day. A comfy opener on 275Kgs set me up for what I thought was going to be a good squat day. My last attempt off 297.5Kg was given and then a few mins later the jury overruled the decision and removed the lift leaving me with a 290kgs on the board. For my main rival he unfortunately was unable to make a successful squat and that left me right at the top providing I made my openers on a he other lifts.

A sensible decision to lower my bench opener to 200Kgs was put in and only making 2 attempts I was still way in the lead off the rivals.

Again my deadlift was dropped and that secured me the win and then it was just a bit off chess trying to get a deadlift medal. Despite failing my second deadlift I managed to get an individual medal on the lift and was happy with the outcome.

For me it was not my best days lifting and whilst I am getting older there are good point I can take from this and move forward to the next comp. getattachmentthumbnail

This was my second IPF Masters World title and that gives me a total off 5 in my lifting career. I would like to say a big Thank you to everyone who supported me and has been there to help me out. The gym boys at Yonkers gym. My sponsors Titan and NRG Fuel. My boss and union for their financial help. My children who accept me for what I am and hopefully are proud for what I have archived, lastly  to my lovely lady Michelle who helps me stay focused on what I am doing and just what I need to do to be the best I can.

Not long now till the World Championships

It has been a while since the blog got update. So far then build up had gone sort off to plan.  Last week was an unexpected deload and the reason for that was a bout off man flu. While I was feeling a bit run down I decided to bring my deload forward and take advantage off the rest up to help my body recover as well as the man flu. 

Now we are into the last phase off the build up I will be focusing more on the main lifts and drop back on some off my assistance that is not really relevant at this point. 

On another note I have been monitoring my bodyweight a bit more in the build up and trying to make sure I am not getting too heavy before the comp. I have started to food prep and whilst I am not cutting anything out or counting calories I am just trying to take a sensible approach towards this worlds. 

For me going to Estonia is a first and I am looking forward to competing in a different county and with a different set up. 

As always I am very Thankful to my sponsors. Titan and NRG Fuel for all their help and support 

European Masters July 2016

Here is my take on the European masters 2016, firstly towards the event my training had really gone to plan and I was happy with the build-up. My only concern was bodyweight as normal. The week leading up to the comp I was a bit heavier than expected but with a few adjustments I was back down in weight come comp day and the morning weigh in. In fact I was lighter than I had expected 73:69Kgs. Been a while since I was that light if I am honest.

Squats well after getting knocked back on my first attempt on depth I had to retake it to make sure off the lift. I then decided to jump 20Kgs and well on the day it was a bit too much. So with 1 lift I managed to get the gold on the squat.

Bench whilst warming up and realising it was not really the day I was expecting I dropped my opener down a bit to make sure there was not any issues on the opener. After 200KgI went to 210Kg and then decided to have a go at the European record off 220:5Kgs. Surprisingly it was a very close miss; in fact the bigger jump than I would have taken normally was very close to being taken to arm’s length. The 210kg was also enough to secure the Gold in the bench.

Moving onto the deadlifts and there was a few things at stake here. Firstly there was a lift to make a total and secure the European title. Then there was a bet with another GB Team member (frosty) and the man with the biggest pull won a bottle off JD.

JD

So here’s the run down 240Kg opener and then a pull at 250Kg won me the bet. It also gave me the Gold deadlift medal on bodyweight.  So for the last deadlift we had to play with the weights to force the Slovakian to pull more than he could. After all he was after the Gold deadlift medal himself. So the end result was me deadlifting 255Kg and my opponent going for 260Kg even when he only needed 257Kg. He failed and for the first time i walked away with the GOLD in the deadlift.

Despite not having the day I wanted I managed a 740Kg total (10 times bodyweight).  So the clean sweep on the GOLDS across the board was a pleasant surprise. Despite not having the day I wanted I won and was also the 3Rd Best Lifter at Masters 1.

Golds

As always I would like to say THANK YOU to my sponsors NRG fuel and Titan support systems. Also to Paul at The Gym where I train.

So what’s next well last year I left something in Denver and think this year in Tallinn I need to get it back? It will be back into the gym this week, time to get focused on the World title