Too many gyms and not enough time

Sorry for the massive break between blog posts. With the rugby pre season kicking off last week and 4 GAA teams ramping up for championship in the coming weeks along with my usual work in the gym and getting things done for the opening of the new gym on August 1st I’ve barely had time to scratch myself let alone update the blog.

I promise I will make a constructive post this evening after work that will have you all as underwhelmed as always.


It’s never ending

I have a few things to update today so I thought I would put them all in a single post.

Firstly and most importantly…I tested today…as you all know…it’s all about me.

Strength Testing
Back in the olden days I posted this.

On the 15th of May I tested and these were my results:
Bench – 140kg
Pull Ups – 9 reps
Push Ups – 39 reps
Inverted Rows – 21 reps
Trap Bar Deadlift – 180kg

I wasn’t to disappointed with this…as I was really just getting back into training. I went on to detail my training program and my diet…my diet has been pretty stable asides from a couple of major blow out. I also predicted/stated that my goals for the 1st of July were the following:

Bench – 150kg
Pull Ups -12 reps
Push Ups – 50 reps
Inverted Rows – 30 reps
Trap Bar Deadlift – 200kg

Well as usual…I’m full of shit…I didn’t test yesterday because work got in the way…but I did test today and my results were as follows:

Bench – 160kg
Pull Ups -15 reps
Push Ups – 50 reps
Inverted Rows – 30 reps
Trap Bar Deadlift – 220kg

Pleased with this…did it reasonably easily on the bench and the trap bar…the pull ups were a surprise and the push ups and inverted rows I just punched out my targets. Onwards and upwards from here…pleased with how things are progressing.

I forgot…I also did 18 reps at 100kg on the bench and did 3 pull ups in the X-vest weighing in at 150.5kg’s (me+36.6kg).

In other news
Garrett was really annoyed about me sticking up those snatch videos the other day…I think everyone knew what was going to happen after I found that out.

That 9th Attempt was a PB so it’s not all bad.

Some Actual Coaching
This is from Manuel Buitrago who works at Supreme Sports Performance.

He technically has a ‘D’ path on the bar in these vids (whereas his last vids had an ‘A’ path and) so hes jumping back as a result. I dont particularly care for it but in both vids, he ends up in the same position above the knee, meaning hes still cutting things early and not reaching full extension.

Whatever bar path he chooses will depend on what feels more comfortable for him, but whats messing him up is cutting his pull. He also needs to step out more on his front leg more when jerking.

If I had to choose, Id take the top series because he loads the hamstrings, stays flat footed longer, and doesnt launch the bar out as much. He still needs to arch his back more, stop using his arms, and be more patient.

If hes going to deadlift first to trace the bar path, thats cool but he needs to know that the bar should start to brush an inch or two below wherever it lies at his thighs at standing.