Monthly Archives: May 2012

Injury Update

Hi Guys, sorry it has been a while since the last entry, I have rested up a bit since the Europeans and the injury. It now seems that is a tear on the Trap rather than the rumboid. I am having treatment now and it now seems to be a lot better than it was a few weeks ago I am more flexible than I was and whilst there is still pain there it does seem to have eased a bit. I am going to try to do some squats in the week and see how it goes from there I don’t want to prolong the injury any more than I need to. Good news though I had some certificates through today for the World and European records I set at the Commonwealth championships in December



Well here we are now the Europeans has come and gone and is all but a memory. i am undergoing  treatment for the injury and it does seem to be getting better. It is still sore and now with some MAN flu to go with it i am a bit under the weather. I have had time to think about the last training cycle and how things have panned out. There are part of my original program i have adjusted or missed out  and i think again it is time to change a few things around. My squats felt Slow and that was down to doing them once a week and again the deadlift had been going well but the injury forced me out and unable to do them. so what is next well there is the British seniors in a few weeks and i am unsure at this moment if that will be for me or whether to leave it till later in the year and maybe just focus on something before the Worlds…

European Results and World record squat

Here is the run down from last week’s Europeans. Well after a long journey to the Ukraine and a very long days travelling I arrived at my hotel some 18 hours later.

There was not time on the Wednesday for hanging around it was more or less up and get down there. The trip and heat out there made it easy to Make weight in fact I was well under weight. 73.2Kgs. Having a bad last squat session I was very apprehensive how there were going to go. The warm ups went well still not as fully confident as I would normally would be. The first attempt went well and a good second with the World and European weight of 307.5kgs I felt great.   Disaster struck on my last attempt and some cracking on my upper back and pain was too much for me to try the 312.5kgs.  Still in pain and benching I managed two good attempts ending on 205kgs. Missing a 207.5kgs for the bronze medal. By now the pain was bad and it was all I could do to pull a 125kg deadlift so I could claim the record squat. Drug tested and then away to reflect upon the days lifting and the injury.  After days in the Ukraine it was time to make my way home. In a few short days I had a bus four plane trips a taxi and a world record. Long way to go but I am pleased. It Is a shame that the only way the IPF allow World or Europeans records at international events.  National events would be good and give me the chance to break this record and maybe a few others.  I would like to thanks the people who helped me with the trip. NRG Fuel for my supplement. Titan Support for the best powerlifting apparel around.


Here is the video with some of the lifts in


Live stream for the Europeans

For any of you guys who would like to keep up with the action from the European Open in the Ukraine. Well here is the link for the live feed

I myself will be lifting on wed afternoon 3.30pm

Last week’s Training before the Europeans

Well that is the training all wound up for the Europeans in the Ukraine next week, All I can say it has been a funny sort of week and the breakdown is

Squat comp suit and wraps did a good 280Kgs then had issues with 300Kgs I was unable to set it up and had to rerack it, I did try it again and it was not to be. I did try to do the lift again and we changed the weights around so there were less rubber weights on it and although I set it up better I was wiped out and missed it.

Bench, this went well I finished up with a double on 205Kgs, they felt good and I was well pleased with that result.

Deadlift I had worked up to 250Kgs and on the first go I missed it my grip went at the top. However I cleaned the bar and did another 2 singles on it.  Apart from the squat I have finished the Training cycle on a few Pb’s and I hope that the squat will be ok on the day.

I would like to Thank a few People for their help along the way. Paul from the gym where I train.  Pedro for the camera work and the help in the gym.  Scott and the boys for the help on the squats.  Bob Doyle for the massage throughout the cycle.  Nrg fuel, for the best supplements around. Titan Support Systems for the best Powerlifting Kit in the world.

Here is the Video from the week and let’s hope the training pays off next week