SOMETHING very serious is happening to the sport of Strongman in Western Australia. WA Strongman now, officially, has two training camps. The original is of course Daniel’s playground; the pen we all helped to build for his equipment, out the back of the Muscle Pit in Cannington. But now SMWA has been given a new playground, at the heart of Genesis 24/7 Bentley.
I, along with champion powerlifter (and fellow WA Strongman member) Joel McCaughan, met with Ben Ritchie of Genesis management. Ben told me he had been the innovator behind the gym’s layout. He expressed a real interest in working with us when it came to getting the right equipment for serious training, and we soon had a few contacts for him, for everything from a real Strongman yoke to a properly rated monolift!
We spent at least an hour just talking about the gym, and gyms in general, and what it took to make the best, from our own unique perspectives. My only regret is that I chugged my pre-workout at the start of the discussion, and it had worn off by the time I was starting my session.
It would be seriously amazing if Genesis follows through with all the of suggestions made. but for me, all I need is a better yoke, an axle, and maybe some heavier dumbbells (the heaviest is only 60 kilos, and the heaviest kettle bell just 48); before I injured my tendons I was doing pull-ups with chains at 130+ kilos body weight, and rowing an 80 kilo kettle bell. I want to do those things again. But they are not essential; the yoke and axle are.
This was my second training session at Genesis, and my last before Australia’s Strongest Man. I know I’m not nearly prepared enough, but then nobody ever feels like they are prepared enough. I’m just going and doing it, and giving it my best, so I can at least say I’ve done that.
Speaking of temperamental tendons – both forearms were really bad tonight, so I didn’t do the rest of my pressing (incline bench and klokov were on the menu), but rest and recovery is more important right now than pushing through a training session, and risking further injury.
strict OHP w/barbell
60 kgs x 6
80 kgs x 6
90 kgs x 3
75 kgs p/h x 20 meters x 2
115 kgs p/h x 20 meters
135 kgs p/h x 20 meters