So here we are at the start of another new year, I am a bit late updating the blog about my rundown from the year that has just gone. Fair to say it was an eventful year, whilst not going to Mongolia to defend my World title was a decision that was made quite early in the year. Then there was the Double European Titles, the full Power and the Bench only. Not too bad considering I was not on form with my benching during the last part of the year. Whilst not being able to do the British at the start of the year due to my son breaking his arm. Well these things happen I suppose however, it was good that he made a speedy recovery. I did do a Classic comp not too long after that and lifted at the 83’s and set some M1 classic records on the day. Then the Europeans I just scrapped in a squat on my last and that was enough to keep me ahead of the rivals. The Bench in October was a roller coaster also and whilst being down on the discipline it was about being there for the win, we played the numbers game and it give me my second European title of the year.
I do think though the high light would have been being inducted into the EPF Hall of Fame, for me that was something that I never thought would have ever happened to me
So, what is the plan for the year ahead, well firstly I have the British Equipped In a few short weeks and there I hope to do something reasonable to secure selection for the forthcoming Internationals. So far it is only looking like sticking to the Full Power for this year, Whilst the Bench in Japan does sound appealing, it will be next time, I think.
Time to bring the blog up to date, So due to a personnel issue I was unable to compete at the Arnold Classic in Barcelona. Unfortunately this things happen and as much as I wanted to compete it was not too be.
However 10 days after the Arnold I competed at the European Bench Press championships in Luxembourg. This was only my 2nd ever Bench only international the first was the World Masters in Ashington, England a few years ago where I placed 2nd in the 74Kg Class.
So on to the lifting, on paper I was by far the biggest bencher in the class, during the warm up it was evident the bencher in me was not firing on all cylinders.
Under the guidance of my coaching staff Marc G and Dean B the decision was made to drop the weight down on my posted opener.
The first attempt went as expected and put me first on the board of lifters. The a stupid mistake on the second and a fail. After posting my third we had to play the numbers game to make sure I went last and was there for the win.
The final outcome was a fired up me going out for a winning lift and making 200Kg very comfortable and convincing. Pushing both Polish lifters in the class to 2nd and 3rd
So now with some rest time before the next comp it will be time to get back to full fitness and focused towards the British Equipped next January at Horncastle.
Big Thanks as always to my Sponsors
Nrg Fuel, Titan Support Systems, Paleo Nutrition Wales and Vicegrip
Here we are a few days away from this years Arnold classic Europe
Training has gone to plan and with nothing more than focusing towards a decent total at this event. I have not set my sights on anything other than trying my best to build a decent total. Don’t get me wrong some PB’s would be great but they are not the main focus here. For those of you who don’t know the Arnold is done on the Wilks formula for the placings. For me, the biggest positive has to be managing my bodyweight well in this build up. Sitting under 75kgs in the final week leading up to any major event is in my book a big plus for me. By now it is normally a mad rush to drop the last few Kgs. Don’t get me wrong I have made a lot more of an effort to make sure that this was the case this time. Now with Paleo Nutrition Wales helping me out with some quality meat in my diet, it is definitely made easier. For anyone who buys food online you should have a look at them also, the quality is second to none.
So Sunday is the day and it will all come to a head and with my plan in mind and some conservative lifts wanted it will be down to time will tell or so to speak. As always I would like to say a big Thank You to the people who have supported me in training and my sponsors. Titan support systems. Nrg Fuel, Vicegrip for all their help. Cheers guys
It has been some time since I updated the blog so here we are 3 weeks away from the Arnold classic. So, what’s been happening then? Well I think the training program has had to change a little bit and I feel that sometimes that must be done. There will times when even the best laid out plans need to be looked at and adjusted.
So, with that in mind I had to change some off my training but now we are back on plan it is all steam ahead. Bodyweight is coming down nicely and whilst at the Arnold it is not the main thing to be in my weight class I would like to compete at 74Kgs. For those who don’t know the Arnold is Wilks based for the placing (the wilks is a bodyweight formula)
So right now, the basics are I am up to just under 85% of my max weights with lower weight rep range as I would normally be at this point. I have not used any off my comp kit yet in training, but I am sure that will change now in the next few weeks. I do want to do my last few sessions in full kit and to make sure my lifts are comp quality. After all I don’t want to get knocked back for silly mistakes like what happened at the European master’s earlier on this year.
Then just a real sort time after the Arnold I will be doing the European master’s Bench press and that will be a big change for myself after all whilst being a reasonable bencher it will only be the second time I have ever done a full on international in the Bench. I don’t quite know what I will do in the short time between the 2 comps, but I am fairly confident it won’t be a lot just enough to cruise through. Then it will be a well-earned rest and some down time before I have to look at planning out for the next comp, however that won’t be until next year so there will be plenty of time to assess plan and change things around
So here is my take on the Europeans. Yes, I successfully defended my title, However I will say firstly I made hard work off it on the squats. Only managing to get my last squat passed by the referees a weight that I have done many a time and I did consider to be a comfortable weight. Not hitting depth on my opener, I stayed on 280Kgs and then hit the bottom mis grooved the lift and lost balance. Then I came out on my last and did the lift to satisfy the referees. Woooosh first Gold of the day
The Bench I opened on 200Kgs and then jumped to 207.5Kgs for another comfortable lift and that weight was picked to win the European Bench off between myself and Phil Frost. I then jumped to 220.5Kgs for another shot at the European record, coming quite close it was just lost at the top and despite not making it I felt it was a good try. My second was enough to gain the Gold on the Bench also.
The deadlift came, and I was really starting to feel depleted. My opener on 230Kgs was enough to secure the win and then a 242.5Kgs second gave me the Bronze in the deadlifts I did try 250Kgs, but it was not there and no where near on the day.
So, as I said the overall outcome was a win and with my poorest performance to date. Also placing 3rd in the Best lifters award.
So, what’s next then well all being well I am going to be lifting at the Arnold European classic in Barcelona during September. So, it is no peace for the wicked and it is back to training and adjusting the prep for that comp
So here is some great news for me to share with you guys. I have been fortunate to have picked up a new sponsor. The Guys at Paleo Nutrition Wales have started to help me with another aspect off my training. This time it is diet and they are going to make sure they fuel me up with their top-quality meat. So, for any of you who use the online way to purchase meat please check them out, you won’t be disappointed at the quality off all their cuts off meat.
Having these guys on board will definitely make it easier to get my diet spot on and with the quality they provide I know I am eating top quality meat.
Right for any of you who don’t already know, Last month (May 18) at the EPF European open championships I was elected in to the EPF Hall Of Fame for my lifting. I was totally amazed to have been inducted into this Hall of Fame. Whilst I have been lifting for a number of years both nationally and internationally it was a complete bolt from the blue and a total honour to receive this award.
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Finally, here is my take on last week’s Welsh championships. Firstly, I decided to lift in the higher weight class to what I normally would have done, not having the best-off build ups towards this comp made me adjust a few things. Thinking back my training was based on weights that although I had done before I was not in that condition to do them at this point. Along with a few other points I needed to adjust some of hat was set out in the last few weeks. For me whilst I always work to a training plan there must be an element that can adjust a few things when needed to.
So anyway, on to the comp like I said I went over my weight and was 76.6Kgs and that a was pleased with for a start, this weight was after breakfast and with a full belly from eating well all day before.
So, Squats I had opted to open on 217.5Kgs for a comfortable start and then went on to do 230/237.5Kgs both being British masters 1 records. Tbh my last lift felt good and there was more in the tank.
Bench well with an opener of 155Kgs and making hard work of that I went up 2.5Kgs for a far better lift I decided to have a shot at the British record with 160.5Kgs and today it was just too heavy and was not too be. Deadlifts went well and again comfortable opener on 225Kgs gave me a total and then I moved onto 235Kgs for a British Masters 1total record, my final attempt was 242.5Kgs and again a successful lift gave me the increase on the total record.
So, all in all I was very pleased with the out come from the day 4 British records. And, each lift set and reset the Welsh records in the master’s 1 Classic side of Powerlifting. The only part of this build up that was not changed was to compete Classic and that side I am pleased about the outcome.
Now for those of you who may have noticed my sponsors Titan support systems have now done a Welsh National Singlet. And wow it turned out great, I was fortunate to have some input into the final design and it does look smart, well done to Titan for another class product.
So, what is next then, Time to reassess my training and move onto the European Masters in July. Defending my title and hopefully do it with some good lifting. It will be back into the Equipped side and think after last weeks comp the fire is now burning and I was to bounce back with a good days lifting at this event.
So not too long now before the end off this training cycle and the Welsh Championships. Some off my thoughts on this build up was far from positive if I am honest. Whilst for most off it I have managed to do everything I set out there have been some waves along the way. Not being friends with my squat has been a pain and whilst I have still managed to plod on I did not feel it was as sharp as it is normally. Think for me the big change was this weekends squats. Whilst I am still a long way away from my best they actually felt ok in the end. Let’s hope me and the squat can now become friends again.
For those of you who noticed I was not at the British Equipped earlier in the year so that means I have to lift at the Welsh to show I am still good for being selected for this years internationals. The Europeans is back in Czech again and I do like that place. It is an easy place to get too and well being there so many times you know you’re way around. Mongolia for the Worlds and that is the major grey area if I am honest. We have been looking into that and the whole weighing up everything is coming into play. So more on that front later in the year. So what else can I say at this point? Lifting training not feeling the love and that sums it up really. Hopefully the mojo will jump back into place soon and the rest of the year can start to be planned out. Who knows maybe even win a few comps on the way