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.
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.
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
Here is the low down on how the day went. Weighed in a bit heavier than I had expected at 77:1kgs. Deciding that this was going to be used as my last week’s heavy training before the Europeans I only opted to take 2 squats and 2 benches. Opening on a 275kg squat and whilst it was not an easy as the opener I wanted but then it was my first squat with the suit straps up since the British equipped in February. I then went to 290kgs for a British masters 1 record and after setting the weight up better i made the squat and it felt much better than the previous one.
Onto the bench again I took 2 lifts and broke the British bench and single lift bench records with a comfortable 205Kgs. As this was going to be my last deadlifting session before the Europeans I took 3 attempts and finished on a comfortable 255kg lift. My deadlift has felt great for some time and in the last build up I have focused more on speed and grip than actual weight being lifted. I did feel there was more in the tank and my grip felt rock solid on the last deadlift so hopefully that will continue moving forward to the Europeans.
So the final total for the day was 750kg and again this was a British masters 1 total record like the squat and bench all at the 83kg class. So what’s next well a few lighter sessions this week before I head off to compete at the European masters?
Some dieting to get back down to the 74s for that comp and hopefully some decent lifting and a tidy total at the end. Well that’s the plan anyways
It had been a while since I have updated my blog.
Well here’s the quick update on what’s happening and what’s gone on. Since the last classic comp it had been back into my kit and focusing on the European Masters. Firstly though I have the Welsh open this weekend in Cardiff. The plan for this is to lift over weight and to go up to my last workout weights there and see how things are going for the Europeans later on in July.
I think the build-up has gone to plan so far and it is completely different to the last one without kit and lifting classic. My opinion is the equipped side is much more complex and requires more planning on the day. Whilst I enjoy equipped lifting I can see the attraction lifting raw, less pressure and the fact you don’t have to rely on being totally switched on during a comp is a big advantage.
So if anyone in the Cardiff area wants to pass some time on Sunday pop along to Dave’s gym and check out the lifting. 45 lifters on the day both equipped and classic.