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» Worthing's Strongest Man 2014 (Go to post)12-11-2014 @ 20:31 
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» Worthing's Strongest Man 2014 (Go to post)12-11-2014 @ 20:26 
Worthing's Strongest Man is 2 weeks away and there are still spaces so get your names down.
Always a well run competition and good quality strongman kit.

Follow the link to the Facebook page


https://www.facebook.com/events/1507734889441211/?fref=ts
» Henfield's Strongest Man (Go to post)24-05-2014 @ 09:21 
A novice competition I'm helping organise in Henfield, West Sussex for charity on 28 September

There's a:

Men over 105
Men under 105
Ladies

Follow my Facebook and twitter page to check out the poster with the details and email samclarke1000@hotmail.com for entry form and details.

Dependent on if i get any new bits of kit from Full Metal Industries and Savage Stength, events may change but we'll give enough notice.

Look forward to seeing you there
» Lloyd Renals 310 safety bar squat (Go to post)14-02-2014 @ 19:14 
Cheers and it's the Watson safety squat bar
» Lloyd Renals 310 safety bar squat (Go to post)14-02-2014 @ 18:18 
Really liking safety bar squats. Didnt know how to add and don't always like sticking my heavy bits up but heres a squat
» Giants Live British - March (Go to post)11-02-2014 @ 07:32 
Luke said:Apparantly Lloyd Renals is now competing. Does anyone know if someones pulled out or is there going to be no overseas competitors now?


So a bit of mix up with CBS now changing when they want the competition the only qualifyer is British giants it's all been turn up on its head and messed Colin and Darren up but they may put qualifyers on later on in the year for the year after so this doesn't happen but nothing confirmed yet. Everything is going to sort worlds out is year
» world's strongest man (Go to post)29-12-2013 @ 00:00 
Just in case anyone forgets mark Felix is on to prow but personally the best group is on Monday at 8 where there are 2 British guys in it nice guys one very talented in strength and the other in beard. Oh yer its me and Eddie. Also will be the one the most missed men in the sport Mike Jenkins (who even after knowing him for a very short period of time, don't have nothing but great and nice things to say about this man) along with characters like Ákos Nagy and the famous Misha, not to forget the front squat wanderer Warrick Brant.

Speaking from experience Eddie is a genuinely nice guy who has a lot of passion for the sport and knows exactly what the sport needs, he's a very clever bloke with heaps of talent. He plays a great character on tele and has huge potential in the sport. He's very direct which IMO there needs to be more of, as people are too scared to speak out nowadays in case they hurt someone's feelings ! I always find it funny that people that know the least seem to have the strongest opinions. I don't understand why if people don't know why they don't just ask instead of starting a drama on a forum.

That aside really enjoyed watching this year every one of the boys there were great and happy to chat about bits and help when needed, a bit anxious of my performance and still feel a bit weird seeing myself competing against these boys , but great experience and got lots to sort for next year. Hope you enjoy
» Lloyd on footwear for events in strongman (Go to post)22-12-2013 @ 17:08 
Always up in the air as to what everyone use cause feet and people come in all shapes and size. When you look at a foot the main thing you need to look at is your arch of your foot, whether it's high, low and mostly if it's symmetrical on both feet. There are other areas that you need to support in the foot but it gets too complex to discuss briefly. 

One thing you do want, in event shoes is to make sure they have a solid base so anything with an air bubble isn't ideal and preferably a shallow sole. The higher the heel part of the trainer the more of an unstable position this puts your ankle joint in. If you have a high or low arch it's important that you use soles that supports it.

If you develop flat foot secondary to you putting on weight it's ideal that you use an arch support as you can develop secondary knee issues as this can increase vagus force and can increase pressure through your medial femoral condyle and increase your rotational forces through your knee that can potentially cause meniscal problems and patella femoral joint problems. So if it is the case that your weight is causing your flat foot, you need your arch supported gradually so start low and gradually build up but don't go too high. 

When you invest in insoles it a good tip to start with a soft arch and wear for 2-3 hour  a day and gradually build up how often you wear it until your able to tolerate it for long periods and then build up to a firm arch. 

It's a good idea if you have noticed you have flat feet or one more so than other to get it checked out by a physiotherapist, podiatrist specialising in biomechanics or doctor. As it can be due to weakness, or avulsion of you tibial is posterior muscle or nerve palsy causing inhibition of the muscle. 

I typically wear low arch asics and they tend to support my arches and have a solid sole. Everyone has their preference. Some wear basketball shoes for the ankle support, some like converse as it gives them a little shock absorption but keep them in contact with the floor better. It's probably not advisable to wear anything with a high arch, soft lateral heel sections or a high heel section as this can put your ankle in an unstable position and at risk of ankle sprains particularly under high loads.

Make sure that what ever shoes you wear for event training and competition you keep them the same style for all. A big trick I learnt for all events is consistency, and when it comes to biomechanics if you change just one element it can alter how you lift, pull or push. For instance when i wear a heeled shoes like weightlifting shoes this increases the tension in my patella femoral, it puts my hamstrings and calves in a better position to contract, this also increases the lumbar arch because my pelvis is more anteriorly tilted. This in turn increases my ability to fix your core and also means you can you tend to extend through my thoracic to help you maintain an upright position. So using is as an example you can see the difference just altering the height of your heel in your shoes, however if i use trainers with too much of a heel this does flare up my tendonitis. But overall find what works for you try different types of shoe. 
» world's strongest man (Go to post)19-12-2013 @ 22:10 
Thing said:
You did well Lloyd


Cheers just started to get my training sorted and got some professional guidance on my training so it's helping
» world's strongest man (Go to post)19-12-2013 @ 21:34 
Wayne_Cowdrey said:Good performance Lloyd Happy


Thankyou
» world's strongest man (Go to post)19-12-2013 @ 19:44 
Samthepigman said:It's amazing to see how much better the top guys are than everybody else, aka arsjo in the fingers


It's true johannes was on form and it literally shows the difference between open and the top boys. It's a massive jump to the next step so I got a s**t load of work to do
» Lloyd on different weightlifting belts (Go to post)05-12-2013 @ 21:51 
Different weightlifting belts 

When I started training 3 years ago I had no idea what belt to buy when to use it. Because when I finish university I was into a lot of core training and kettle bell work so couldn't understand it and thought only heavy lifters use them.

So, there are loads of different types of belts from Velcro belt, lever belts, ratchet belts, single and double prong and the neoprene back support. All of them are down to personal preference. But some do give you more support than others for instance listing them from 
least to most supportive:

- neoprene back support
- Velcro
- single, double prong leather
- lever leather, ratchet

With belts, quality is everything so I have a double prong inzer and a rehband Velcro and neoprene back support. Belts also come in different widths and different thickness. The thicker the belt the more support you get so if your starting out I would start with a thinner belt and as you progress and become more experienced progress onto a thicker belt.

The neoprene belts don't offer much in way of support and give more the individual more confidence with regards to function. What neoprene belts are good for are keeping warmth in certain areas as they have been shown to increase blood supply to areas where they are applied for periods longer than half an hour. So really good on 1 day strongman comps to prevent your back cooling down and preventing injury which is why plenty of strongmen invest in these type of belts. 

The Velcro belt gives more than adequate support on all lifts but I tend to use them for more fast running event as I feel it gives me the chance to breath more into the belt than a leather belt. Some athletes like Krzysztof Radzikowski where them all the time so they are not necessarily for moving events. I will find that when my core gets stronger I tend to use this belt more than my double prong.  

Ratchets belts are good for giving you the exact tightness you want. They are very adjustable and have can be used for every event. I haven't used one myself but have heard that the strap can be fiddly and you don't tend to take it off once it's on.  The other benefit comes if you vary your weight throughout the year. 

I tend to use my double prong for my heavy lifts as it helps strengthen my core to manage the heavier weights. I adjust the tightness I have depending on if I'm doing reps or a 1rep max. I like these belts because my weights does vary throughout the year and it's nice to have the flexibility. The difference between single and double prong is that you can tighten a single prong easier. There are are different thickness in belts and the thicker the belt is more restrictive in relation to thinner (10-13ml ) meaning thinner belts are more ideal for exercises like weightlifting movements and deadlift where you don't want to restrict your trunk flexion. 

I never get on with my lever belt mostly cause I carry weight around my waste and find they pinch but when it's on I feel locked in as there is pretty much no give in the belt. Also they are easy to get on and off so really helpful for suits. But there is only one setting on these unlike a prong belt where you can adjust it. There are different widths lever belts and the belts where they are quite narrow around the front are designed so your trunk flexing isn't limited so if your a deep squatter this might be a good lever for you. I don't tend to find they give me much support but Worlds Strongest Man athlete Terry Hollands uses it all the time and finds it a very comfortable.

The best way to find out which belt best suits you is either hope someone hands you down a belt or ask to borrow a friends as they cost a lost if you want a decent one.

A tip for when you buy your first leather belt, it will take weeks to break it in so don't worry when get it and it's got no give and cuts in. You need to take some time and roll the belt up tightly both ways to break the stiffness and folding it and standing on the bend and working down the belt and may need to do this every day for a week or two. 

Ultimately it's all down to your individual preference as to what belt you use.
» Lloyd on squat and deadlift suits (Go to post)26-11-2013 @ 07:16 
stewartflett13 said:This cleared up a lot of things for me explains why my deadlift suit isn't really working I'm fast of the floor but slow at lockout does this apply to squats aswell because I'm slow in the hole but fast when I get about half way up


I personally wouldn't know without looking but but it might suit you for squats to use briefs. But tbh this isn't an area I can find a lot on and it's mostly experience for pieces of kit like this. These are bits I've found and heard and experienced myself so it takes time and experience and sadly money
» Lloyd on squat and deadlift suits (Go to post)26-11-2013 @ 07:13 
This is was dave Beattie added to my post on FB. Very interesting points.


disagree mate with couple points suits ie squat suits an bench shirts can give big increase when used properly lot lifters gain 80 plus kg in suits sometimes up to 150kg ,suits are an art and raw lifting is making a big comeback as many big lifters in kit are weak raw,most top kitted lifters spend long periods time in kit with little raw work !a lot of lifters find deadlifting in a squat suit works well , especially canvas squat suits ,many dont get gains or very small ones in conventional form deadlifting as to make more pop off the ground straps have to be tight and makes lockout harder ,sumo lifters can get huge gains in a suit though due to support it offers with wide sumo stance,most heavyweight lifters tend to wearlooser kit than lighter classe, hope this helps
» Lloyd on squat and deadlift suits (Go to post)25-11-2013 @ 21:35 
suits

Suits, are an piece of kit I have always found interesting cause you get some individuals that say they don't help because they weakening your raw strength and just give confidence and some say they do the complete opposite. 

I have found that there are lots to different types of suits that fit different body shapes and preferences, and they definitely help with the lift and enable you to lift heavier by giving external support/compression to your trunk and hips when your muscle are in their outer range (which is a weak range in muscle contracture). They give you the ability to control the eccentric load and give you more explosion on the concentric part of the lift and giving me the confidence to lift heavy.  

So here's some tips I learnt in trying and buying different suits:

- They come in different sizes and depending on your weight, and you can have different sizes of suit at your weight . This comes down to how much support you want so typically for training you don't want a tight fitting suit you need something you can move around in as wearing a suit does get uncomfortable and the tighter the suit the more support you get. I found the Titan suits seem to fit me best but you need to find out for yourself. 

- Double ply suits are thicker and typically give you more support in your lifts.

-  It can take 6 sessions and more to wear into your suit properly. So don't by a suit try it once and then use it in competition. 

- When using a suit start wearing them at 50% of you 1 rep max as a half suit and as the weight increases use the arm slings. This will mean by the time you get up to the heavy weights the suit has adjusted and sits well, so you don't get any surprise adjustments on the way down.

- Research has shown that suits will change the way you lift by prevent your knees from going over your toes and increase your lumbar flexion so start light and build up gradually.  So if you squat in weightlifting shoes and typically squat narrow and your knees over shoot your toes when your at the bottom a squat suit probably won't suit you as you use your quads a lot in squatting. 

- Its down to your preference as some of the best lifters don't even use suits as it restricts them too much.

- You can only squat in a squat suit but you can deadlift and squat in a deadlift suit. This is due to it having a higher chest plate section which will give you more trunk support stopping you from flexing your upper thoracic too much. Which you need in deadlift and won't effect your squat. 

- Once your competition suit is on your probably have about 2mins to do the lift if not less. this is due to your breathing patterns, and due to the tightness of the suit in certain parts it starts to restrict the blood supply. 
Competition suits are typically tighter fitting and about 1-2 sizes smaller than a training suit. 

Personally I only use suits to push my weights up and in competition times but based on some raw lifters being able to lift more weight on the bar I'm gonna try and work on my raw strength in its outer range more to improve the use of the suit. So deficit deadlifts, and stop and go low box squats. Although they are helpful I do find them very restrictive and very rarely use them. Maybe once a month if not every other. When getting nearer to competitions I try to use it weekly to get use to the feel of the suit. 

There is an element where suits will only be effective if your weakness is in the outer range for instance in the deadlift suits are very effective at the acceleration from the ground to the knee or on the squat from the lowest point and accelerate up. If you find these elements easy then maybe suits won't work with you here. 

There's a lot behind a persons raw strength and it's why the Arnold's is always a good watch and in my opinion a true test of power and strength because all the lifts are raw meaning no suits. 

Let me know what you think about suits and any other tips just add on. Like I said these are bits I wish I new when buying a suit. 

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