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.
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
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.