Monthly Archives: April 2015

Bad Knee Wednesday

I hadn’t squatted in too long, and sought to remedy that with a mid-week session. But something went wrong. It was not a huge issue, ultimately, just my shitty knees being shitty. Coming out of the hole with 230 kilos, my left patella started singing and I shifted my weight onto my right… stalled for a second, completed the squat but it was ugly and painful. No more tonight.

I then suffered a further blow when I mis-loaded my bent over rows to 150 kilos and decided to be cocky and ask if it was worth taking a vid. “I didn’t get a video when I did triple Pendlays at 150.” Darwin said nonchalantly.

Oh yeah, that’s right. There are other strong people at this gym. You’re not hot shit.

bar x 8
80 kgs x 5
130 kgs x 5
180 kgs x 3
230 kgs x 1

Bent-over BB rows (overhand):
110 kgs x 10
130 kgs x 10
150 kgs x 6 PR

Press Wednesday & Further Setbacks

CAN YOU believe this shit? Gah… I hope after this brief course of antibiotics I’ll be all fixed. But goddamn, the run of injury and ill-health I have had. I have spent now five nights throwing up in the last seven weeks I think it is.

Tonight I started feeling a bit off during training. I was underpowered on my money sets on bench (no surprises there) so quit it at 3 by 3. And here’s where I began to feel a little nauseated. I moved on to my accessories and super-set them to save time… which momentarily made me feel like I was going to hurl, but didn’t.

I finished up, drove home, got in, grabbed the bucket by my bedside, and projected into it everything I had eaten that day. Filled it about a third of the way… I remarked to myself how I’d not seen that much vomit produced in one go before. After this I felt pretty much fine. Later that night I had soup for dinner, just to be sure it wouldn’t aggravate my gut further. But I threw that up maybe an hour later, and spent most of the night with abdominal pains and nausea, much like I’d had a few weeks ago.

During my leave I provided samples for tests, and I’ve not had an opportunity to get those results until today. Turns out I have campylobacter; a bacterial infection of the gut. I am now on a three day course of meds which are supposed to kill the infection, with and the expectation that – along with digestive enzymes – the issue won’t resurface. Interestingly, my GP had to fill out an official health department notice that my tests had come back positive for this infection.

More time lost. I’m also back down to around 130 kilos bodyweight. Weak.

Bench press (1st rep paused:
20 kgs x 8
70 kgs x 5
100 kgs x 3
135 kgs x 1
155 kgs x 3s x 3r PR

Skull crushers:
70 kgs x 8
60 kgs x 2s x 10r

– super-set –

DB front raises:
10 kgs x 10
15 kgs x 2s x 10r

A Special Pull Monday

I DON’T often nLL axle strapseed an excuse to deadlift. Tonight I had a good one though. A short while back, James of Loaded Lifting and I had a long talk about axle straps, and tonight he provided me with Loaded Lifting’s prototype pair to test out. Exciting stuff, well for me anyway… coz I got to pull instead of squat (like my program says I should) and with the axle, from the floor, for kicks

I’ve already sung the virtues of this great new LL product, and I see no reason in rehashing:
Compared with the staple ‘Spud’ axle strap, this LL product is far superior: the cotton material doesn’t require scoring and wearing-in to improve grip, the strap itself is markedly thinner than a spud, so it wraps the axle and fits more comfortably in your hand, and the additional grip provided by the rubber nodules proved to be an excellent new feature, and something I’ve not seen before.
Due to their thinner design, they are also versatile and can be used in place of conventional straps for barbell work.
I appreciate Loaded Lifting seeking my input during the R&D for this great new product. The straps have exceeded my expectations. I will be recommending them to all my trainees.

Deadlifts x/axle:loaded lifting pull copy
60 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 5
170 kgs x 3
220 kgs x 1
250 kgs x 1
280 kgs x 3s x 2r PR

Press Wednesday: Rusty & Dull

SOME TIME has passed since my last bench session, and it really showed tonight. I was unable to complete the last rep of my last money set… and my incline and skull crushers were very weak. My setup felt wrong on the first set, so I dropped the weight and decided to super-set the skulls with pinwheels for something different. This must be that ‘arm pump’ the brah trainers talk about.

While I also haven’t squatted in a while, it would be foolhardy to go too heavy when I intend to do something significant with my trainees on Saturday. We will see.

Bench press:
20 kgs x 8
70 kgs x 5
100 kgs x 3
130 kgs x 1
150 kgs x 4s x 4r – failed last rep

45 Incline press:
60 kgs x 3
100 kgs x 3
125 kgs x 2

70 kgs x 3
60 kgs x 2s x 8r

20 kgs x 2s x 20r

Pull Monday: Back to Formula

320 kilo deadlift high res wide

BUT THANKFULLY, no change to the program is required. The litmus test was how I went with that first triple… even with the weeks off training and the weight loss (I shed seven kilograms during my illness) it felt good enough. The next two triples were also good enough. So that’s definitely a positive. Another positive is that this is a legit new personal record.

The date of the CAPO state championships was moved back to mid-June, and with the interruption to my training being of about the same length of time, that meant (providing I was able to jump back in as I have done) the original program I worked up with assistance from my coach is still usable.

After the money sets I was beaten up bad, so I scrapped the assistance work and went home to enjoy my spa’s hydrotherapy setting and an anti-inflammatory or two.

70 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 5
170 kgs x 3
220 kgs x 1
250 kgs x 1
272.5 kgs x 3s x 3r PR

PTC Strongman: 2 Week Recap & What’s In Store


BUT FIRST the shitty stuff.

These past two weeks were supposed to be a holiday for me. Instead I spent the majority of them (in chronological order): in excruciating pain; being more or less stupefied on tramadol; sitting in waiting rooms; talking to my GP and a specialist or two; throwing up my dinner and spending the night hunched beside a bucket or the toilet; another visit to my doctor; and providing samples of various things that come out of my body to a phlebotomist. So my own training over this period has been minimal. Now on to the good news.

The training clinics I have been running at PTC Perth are picking up at an almost exponential rate. The first session had two attendees, the next four, now the average number is six. And interest in the novice comp (which is happening in just a fortnight!) is also gathering momentum, with entrants from asOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA far afield as Kalgoorlie. Current Western Australia’s Strongest Man, Rongo Keene, has a formidable crew (as demonstrated at WASM’s novice comp in January) and we’re excited to see what they make of PTC’s first ever strongman competition.

At home, my trainees have been improving in leaps and bounds. Today’s session brought more contenders out of the woodwork and at least a dozen competitors have now confirmed their places, with more to follow. As of this weekend my bunch have just one more training session before game day, so next week they will be tested at comp weight for all four events. Then they will rest the intervening week, in preparation.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Also happening next week is the Ed Coan / Paul Carter seminar – a two day event which I’m sure will be a great success. Coan is an undisputed champion of champions in Powerlifting, and Carter of Lift-Run-Bang is an avid blogger, veteran lifter and topical personality in the online strength sports community.