New Year same situation

Firstly, may I wish you all a Happy New year

Well, here we are in a new year and most making some form of new year resolution, however I don’t think that is going on much this year. With the ongoing Covid-19 situation and lockdowns going on all over the country it is making life hard to have some normality and to focus on the future.

For myself it was meant to be a big year with me turning 50 and moving into the Master 2 category, I had hope of doing a few classic powerlifting comps also alongside my main powerlifting events.  But the reality is who knows when we will get to do a comp, we do have some dates pencilled in but they are likely to change with the current situation in the country. And combined with Gyms being closed, like most I don’t have access to home facilities to keep me going. I did have some bits earlier in the year and did do some form of exercise but then the weather was much better and doing it outside was more enjoyable.

So, for now I am on the Fitbit wagon and getting those steps in most days. I did have a pushbike for a while but tbh I did not find that worked well for me and preferred walking. It is just more suited to what I want to do. I get my headphones on and listen to a few podcasts to keep me going while I walk. I don’t set myself big targets when I walk, I have an idea of the route I will take and then go, and at my pace. I am fortunate that where I live there is a lot of cycle paths I can walk along and they are mostly flat. This is something I will defiantly be keeping going with the cardio, after all I do know when I am back at the gym I will recovery much quicker and feel a lot better during my gym sessions. For those who know me I do puff and pant like an old billy goat on times.

So, with the ongoing situation I do hope everyone is hanging in there and for those who are competitive lifters like myself I am sure you are able to work around things to keep you occupied and focused on some form of exercise to keep your mind and body healthy.   

Hopefully it will come to and end soon and we can get back into some normality and back into life as we knew it before. So until then stay safe people.

Better late than never

So how are you all doing in these strange times ?? for myself it has defiantly been a strange year so far, So I think it is fair to say Covid-19 has been a pain in the arse for us all. Yes, we are wearing masks and washing our hands more than ever. Social distancing has become the new normal.  Alongside all of that is has become a on off year with training and as there are no competitions and very few planned for now. This was a big change for myself as I do compete a few times a year and if I am honest, I do like competing. So, with this being close on a year build up from my last comp to the next one that I have planned to do. With that I mind the comp will be the British Championships in March, that is as long as things don’t go mad again.

With all that said next year I now move into another age group and I hit the big 50 in March. Leaving the M1 was not done in the way I wanted and at the start of the year I set out some clear-cut goals. That was done for the first time in all the years I have been lifting and then it all went tits up. So next year I have some idea as to what I want to do and where I want to compete too. But this time I am not going to think too far ahead just in case. On the plus side I have been enjoying my training and still following a program to give me some thing to stick to and it has given me the opportunity to change things around and there have been a few exercises that I have changed around and some stuff I have toyed with to see how things go. Along with that going on I have a new found love for cardio. I did get myself a pushbike but after trying it a few times I figured I was better suited to walking than riding a bike.  I have been posting some videos on my social media for anyone who is interested in that check them out and feel free to leave a comment if you want. Now with a few weeks till Christmas it is still going to be full steam ahead on my program as I don’t want to slack off at this point with so much missed training this year already. Th focus will be hard training, cardio and a few subtle lifestyle changes

Masters 2 lifting

So Covid-19 has now taken another victim in the form of the Masters World championships later on this year, The IPF have decided to cancel the Championships that had already been changed from April.  for me it was inevitable it was going to happen but the worse thing is that means that next year I am moving age group to the Masters 2 age group. Whilst growing old is one thing there is another thing to consider and for me that’s going to be a new challenge ahead. I had planned a fun packed year to end my M1 but that’s not to be and the focus now goes onto the year ahead.

I am back training now and with the disruption from the last few months it is time to start to rebuild and take things slow. I don’t want to jump right up too heavy weights right now, doing that could lead to picking up an injury and I don’t want that. I don’t need to squat over 300Kg right now so I can build slow, adjust training and get myself back up to those weights in time for the first comp of 2021. I am now enjoying my training and with the lower weights I can focus getting back to a tidy standard ahead of whatever prep I need to do ahead of the first comp back.

With the gym being quiet right now I am doing some more cardio outside of the weights and along with the focus on working at the bodyweight to make sure things are in a good place to start the year ahead.  This is something I will be keeping an eye on as time goes by I don’t need to be fat while I am turning into an old man, well older man eh

How are you guys doing ?

How is everyone doing in the strange time we find ourselves in? I guess most are missing the normality of day to day things and seeing family and friends. Then there is the Gym and that side of things that we all take for granted. For myself I have ben fortunate to have been working through most of this, however I do think it is strange at the present time and my sympathy goes out to everyone who has been at home on their own in the situation.  So here I am now sitting in the sunshine with a cold beer relaxing and wondering what the hell has gone on. Some would say that maybe a higher message was sent down and that ‘God’ sent a message to the whole world to sort itself out and take stock of what is going on, Pollution is down, roads quieter and most people are now having to limit just what thy are doing on a day to day basis, and us realising just how small we are in this world

That’s enough off the philosophical stuff eh. So, what have I been doing instead of going to the gym. Well I have had a few bits out of our place to do things at my flat. It is not the same and the enthusiasm, I do miss the gym banter and my mates who are there the comradery. So when I do get the urge to do some training it is limited but I have had to look at what I can do and work things out. I will say though on the whole my forced rest is making my body feel better than ever, yes I have gained weight, drank too much, eaten rubbish and not really exercised like I should or could do but then. Who knows it could be the thing I need to get me closer to the pipe dream I have of a 800Kg total.  Despite fretting older and the reality off my next comp being as an M2. I have had to think about that side and I am excited as that is what it is and I do hope to keep going for and do some decent weights for an even older man than I am now.  Strange this year I started with some clear plans for the first time in a while and then this happened.  I do think everything happens for a reason and you jut have to go with it and accept things that you are unable to change.

So for now I am going to sit in the garden enjoy the sunshine and relax  so stay safe guys and hopefully it will be over soon and we can all get back to normality.

Covid 19, Gyms and safety

Well it is a strange old world we are currently in, with things being locked down and able to go to their gyms it is a time to change things up a bit and improvise. For myself I have had to do just that also, I have managed to have some weights and dumbbells from the gym and with some bands and a swiss ball it is time to improvise. I have started to look at doing lighter work and use the ball with a choice of higher reps to isolate the individual movement I am doing at that time. Along with doing some barbel work in my car parking area when weather is permitting it has defiantly made for some interesting work outs. How long this is going to go on for I just don’t know and with my World Championships now moved to November it is still all up in the air as to will they go on or will it be a case of not having any comps this year at all.  With this world wide crisis going on I do think it is still a big possibility that that could happen. It is a shame but totally understandable and no one wants to put their life at risk.

It was not that long ago I sat down and worked out a big game plan for the whole year, specific goal and targets laid out in advance. My whole idea was to leave then Masters 1 division after winning everything I could possibly compete at. Oh well if that’s not the case then that’s just what it is. During this time, I am now hoping to get myself fully fit and those niggles that were there will now have time to rest and heal. Years ago, when I tore my bicep, I had 4 months off training and came back hungrier and stronger than before, maybe this will be the case now also. I do guess though we are all in the same situation and have to do what we can. At times like this a garage with some kit in it would be a blessing but that’s just a pipe dream now. So, for now I am going to keep working with it and searching for new ways to stimulate the muscles and keep myself in some shape for now.

So, while this is all going on, I hope you are all staying safe and looking after your family’s.

#staysafe  

2020 and it has started

So that’s the start of the year done and dusted, 2 comps done 7 days apart and both could not be any different that they were

First was the British Equipped championships where I lifted in the 83Kg class. The days lifting went well and weighing in just over 76Kgs. With being small groups, I only took 2 squats and they were the first and third ending on a British record of 303Kg. Then I went onto the bench and with a conservative opened making 3 successful lifts there a failed attempt on the British record on my 3rd left the marker for Frosty to go for our little bench bet and in fairness he did win there and benched Well and won the bottle of Bourbon.

Well done Chubba.

Deadlifts again I only managed 2 good lifts finishing on 245Kgs and then I did jump to 255Kg for an attempt at the Masters total record but by this point I was all out of steam and failed it.

Again, it was a great comp and as usual Marc Giles and the Horncastle crew did a great job over the weekend.

This weekend it was a classic comp in the South Midlands and I competed there at 74Kgs bodyweight class.  This was hard lifting again so soon and this time under different circumstances.

There were no plans for this other than to do a qualifier for later on this year’s British masters classic. Thanks to South Midlands for allowing me to compete at this comp and also to the Barbell Division for holding the event.

My lifts were Squat 220Kg Bench 137;5Kg Deadlift 232:5Kg for a 590Kg total. It has been a while since I did a classic comp, and to do it in such a short time scale after the equipped and with no real prep in training classic was something different.

So, what is next then Well, I am going to Sun City in April to defend my Masters 1 World equipped Title. Then it will be onto the Europeans and there I want to do the same. I have also been asked about possibly going to some of the open championships also. Whilst this is great it is something I will need to think about seriously and look at dates and costs.

British equipped 2020

So the British are soon coming up and I have decided to opt for the heavier weight class for this one.  I felt it was a better option for myself at this point with Christmas and then the World masters coming earlier this year and being combined with the classic worlds again being held in South Africa in April in Sun City.  Then we will have onto the European’s again at the usual time of year and not combined with anything else. 

So apart from that what’s happened. Well, nothing major, I suppose other than I have been a whole post of things about Powerlifting in general and things that people think make the sport. Flashing lights smoke machines and all sorts of SHOW thing like that.  It does seem that there is a percentage of people who think that’s how it is meant to me. There was a big thing regarding a USAPL championships and how that they had done something like that and that was the way forward and what was needed. 

Now I have lifted in America myself and it was far from all the glory of a WWE wrestling show. It was actually a competition for people to lift and try to do their best. Yes, ok music helps lift the atmosphere but where do you decide to add-in all the glorious extras that are supposedly wanted.  It does make me wonder what people think they need their days. We have seen the sport grow like there is no tomorrow and now we have multi-platform events that are hard enough to organise and run but without the smoke machines and strobes.  My opinion is when we compete we are a sport not a show and that may be an old fashioned view but if it is not broke then don’t fix it eh. 

My last point is there are lots out there who criticise instead if help and yes the sport does need to change with time but there are some things that are just pointless. 

World Champion 2019

So just to update you all about the World Championships in South Africa. For me the main task was to come away from the Comp as World Champion and that’s just what I did.

In the build up towards this year’s comp I felt my lifts were going well and as things don’t always go to plan, I had to adjust a few bits, I will say it did help me for the better and I felt confident going into this year’s Worlds.

One thing I did find strange was the Altitude in Potchefstroom and despite a few random nose bleeds throughout the week it was soon Friday and that meant Comp day, some last-minute weight loss that was defiantly unexpected. On the morning I weighed in bang on the 74Kg class weight and then had to rehydrate myself and have some food before the comp.

With being in a comfortable position to take the win I decided to adjust all the openers and take into account of the situation.  Dropping the openers to make sure of the win was the best option and kept me ahead of the other lifters in my weight class.

Making 2 successful squats and benches it was on to the deadlift and I was really fired up for this as my deadlifts had been going so well prior to the comp, Making my opener I jumped to 250Kgs and even though I pulled it well it was my grip that let me down and I dropped the weight on both attempts fair to say I was disappointed with that.

My total of 700Kgs was enough to be the 2Nd Best lifter in the M1 age group and that was a surprise.

I have now come home and had to evaluate the whole things and make some changes in the hope they will follow through into my next comp, in other news next years worlds will now be back in South Africa and this time in Sun City and be combined with the Classic championships.

So for now it is going to be some hard work ahead of the British Championships that are being held in January at Horncastle England.

Not long till the Worlds

I guess it is about time i update the blog page. I have just realised that this has slipped more than normal and I have not given it my attention. It has been easier lately posting on the social media sites and not really putting words down on paper well so to speak. So for some of the videos I have done check them out on there. 

So what’s new with training and all that stuff.  Well here we are a few weeks away for the Maters World championships and this year we are heading to South Africa, having been here a few times before but not to this part.  My training has gone ok so far I have changed a few things around in the kst few weeks and I guess it is an age thing really that makes you evaluate things. So at this point I am doing multiple sets of doubles. However I felt that I was not really recovering like I had some in the past. It was this that mad eme thing about dropping to singles for the top sets and just concentration on the lift that I am doing that day in training. Bodyweight has been good for a while now and I hope it keeps going like it has and the plan is to leave for SA around 75 kgs not 77 like normal. Having a sponsor who helps with my food intake is a big plus and Paleo Nutrition Wales have been a great help with supplying me with quality cuts of meat to help my diet.  Whilst I am not a massive eater I still have to eat and food prep is a big part of my weekly routine alongside the gym. It is not hard to take time to prep food and it does make a world of difference when balancing work life and all that.

Also having Titan support systems back me with my kit is a big bonus.  I have had some new bits and the main thing is a deadlift suit that seems to be fitting me well. I figure with it being a bit warmer a climate than I am used to I need to have a suit that is not super tight like I have in the past. Rather than have a custom I have gone for a standard size and I am really happy with the fit and how it feels when on me cheers Titan quality kit as always. 

For me the main focus in SA Is to win a and regain a world title I am not planning on any personnel bests just to make close to 9 lifts and bring the overall Gold back home with me.  

As usual here is the link to the nominations

http://goodlift.info/onenomination.php?cid=530

And there will be a live feed also on the goodlift site for anyone interested in watching. This year I am lifting on Friday morning for a change and with SA being right down from us there is no time difference at all and that is a plus for me. Lifting outside you’re normal time zone is sometimes an issue but in fairness it affects everyone the same, well unless you are lucky to be living in the host country. 

European Masters 2019 Sibiu Romania

So, on reflection after the Europeans, I felt I should update my blog. Firstly, what a lovely place Sibiu is. Not quite sure what I was expecting but it definitely was not as nice as it was.
Having the heat over there was something I was unsure about other than helping me to move the last few pounds to make weight. For some reason it was not as I would have thought that would have been, the body weight did not come down as I have expected. However, saying that I did eat and drink more than normal up to the last few days. So maybe it was not as bad as I first thought it was.
Comp day, surprisingly I was a bit lighter than I had expected, it must have been the walk to the venue in the lovely morning sunshine that was done under duress cheers ’Frosty’
So making weight and warming up I felt quite good, first squat nerves are always for me the first hurdle and once that was done I decided to take a smaller jump than expected. This lead onto me missing the 282..5Kg on my second. I did however scrap it through in my last attempt to get the lift.
Onto the bench and this was what I had been pushing a bit harder than the other lifts and for the obvious reason that the fantastic bencher Mr Franklin took my single lift record. However today it was evident that the bench I had wanted was not coming out to play today. We dropped the opener after the advice of Coach Bowring and made 3 successful lifts ending on 212.5kg. Not all was lost I did win a bottle of Bourbon from the British record holder Phil frost on our bench off. Cheers, Frosty.
Deadlifts warm ups went well, so the opening lift should have been comfortable, however as soon as I started to pull, I felt my grip was really slippy. So, the inevitable happens I dropped the weight. I did redeem myself on the second and made the lift and more importantly, a total. With a few of us being quite close it was picking a weight to try to get in the medals for the deadlift. In the end I only made one good lift and dropped both my other attempts and today was no deadlift medal for me unfortunately.
So down on what I wanted and all things considered it was a reasonable day and the final outcome was GOLD on Squat and Bench. Nothing on Deadlift however it was Gold overall and still European Champion. For me despite it not being the day I wanted I enjoyed the lifting and was really looking forward to the championship. It is not always the case, having a bit of fun and enjoying it is a big part of the whole championship bit. This was definitely that.
On another note, I did manage to Win the Master1 Best lifter and that was a surprise with the total I had done I had figured I needed to do a bit more to be in with a shout for that.
Once again I would like to Thank my sponsors for their help and support, Titan, Nrg Fuel and Paleo Nutrition Wales for all you’re help and continued support. Another Big help is my Lovely lady who continues to get me to think about why I do this and what I should be doing during training and life in general. Thanks, Michelle for your support, and also a Big Well done on Winning the Euros yourself.