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» Terry Hollands (Go to post)02-06-2014 @ 10:25 
terryhollands said:Yesterday was definitely my last one on home soil. I'm already qualified for wsm 2015 so that is not out of the question but as for any other comps I won't be doing any. I have plenty in the pipeline away from strongman with my new gym I'm opening and another business venture which I'm working on, also if I don't compete any longer it doesn't mean I won't be at wsm any longer, there's a very high probability that even after retirement you'll still have to put up with my ugly mug on tv


where will the new gym be Terry? Greenhithe? I saw you and Brian Shaw walking down my road in Ingress Park last Thursday!
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)14-04-2014 @ 11:28 
Due to work commitments I was only able to get into the gym twice last week. here is the workout from Saturday:

Squats
85kg x 5
105kg x 5
127.5kg x 5
147.5kg x 5
172.5kg x 3 - No video but felt messy
127.5kg x 8

Barbell Rows
45kg x 6
55kg x 6
67.5kg x 6
77.5kg x 6
92.5kg x 4
70kg x 8

Dips
BW x 8
BW +12.5kg x 8,8,8,7
BW x 6

Curls, Lateral & Front raises, Tricep push downs all done 10-15 rep range

i am planning on dropping the weight on squats and work on my technique a bit.
» Saturday (Go to post)14-04-2014 @ 11:27 
Post Edited: 14.04.2014 @ 11:30 AM by BigBiff
double post
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)07-04-2014 @ 11:22 
Saturday

Warm Up:

Agile 8 and some Thoracic Spine mobility work

Squats
82.5kg x 5
102.5kg x 5
125kg x 5
145kg x 5
170kg x 3
125kg x 8

Barbell Rows
42.5kg x 6
52.5kg x 6
65kg x 6
75kg x 6
90kg x 4
65kg x 10

Dips
BW x 8
BW + 12.5kg x 8,8,8,6
BW x 8

Some bicep, tricep and Rear delt work.

Done!
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)03-04-2014 @ 10:34 
slimsim said:
I actually think your squat form looks pretty good in these, however, have you started doing any thoracic work yet to improve your spine mobility? Also, try breaking the movement from your hips at the start. Your hips and knees very much move in unison at the beginning of the squat whereas I think it will help if the initial phase of the movement concentrates on pushing the hips back but keeping the chest up and only knees only start bending to any significant degree once the hips are as far back as possible.
I'm gonna see if I can find a video of what I mean.....


Thanks for your help. I have started foam rolling my back however I need need to do a lot more.

I feel like I am pushing my hips back but i know from the video that isn't happening. I think I need the confidence to push my arse out more!
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)03-04-2014 @ 10:01 
Post Edited: 03.04.2014 @ 10:01 AM by BigBiff
Thursday

Light Squats
82.5kg x 5 - Paused
105kg x 5 - Paused
125kgx 5 - Paused (Video below) - I have rotated the video just waiting for it to update on YT
125kg x 5 - Reg rep speed

My form looks sh*t I dont know what I am doing wrong. I know I need to push my hips further back but I just cant seem to do it, anyone got any suggestions?

Deadlift
112.5kg x 5
135kg x 5
145kg x 5
167.5kg x 5
190kg x 5 Belt on (Video below)

Incline Dumbbell Press - Light
27.5kg x 15
30kg x 12
32.5kg x 8

Narrow grip Pull ups
BW 105kg x 8,8,6

Weighted Decline Sit ups



» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)01-04-2014 @ 09:52 
Tuesday

Had an absolutely rubbish session just felt tired, weak and not up for it and it showed in my lifts.

Warm up
Agile 8

Squats
85kg x 5
105kg x 5
127.5kg x 5
147.5kg x 5
170kg x 2 - Suppose to get 5 but just felt shot to bits
170kg x 1 - for some reason I thought I would try again and failed again.

just left it there otherwise I reckon I could end up doing more harm than good.

Rows
45kg x 6
55kg x 6
65kg x 6
75kg x 6
87.5kg x 6


Decline bench (Due to ongoing shoulder injury)
50kg x 5
60kg x 5
72.5kg x 3
90kg x 8
102.5kg x 6
107.5kg x 7

GHR
+10kg x 10,10,10

Going to repeat last weeks work out and go for 170kg x 5 next Tuesday.
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)31-03-2014 @ 10:46 
Saturdays workout went as follows:

Warm-up: Agile 8 and Bar only Squats

Squats:
82.5kg x 5
102.5kg x 5
125kg x 5
145kg x 5
170kg x 3 - Video Below - Not sure if the reps were to fast, they felt controlled
125kg x 10 - Video below

Barbell Rows:
42.5kg x 6
52.5kg x 6
65kg x 6
75kg x 6
87.5kg x 4
65kg x 10

Dips:
BW x 8
BW + 12.5kg x 8,8,7,6
BW x 7

Barbell Curls, Lateral/front raises, tricep extensions

Done



» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)27-03-2014 @ 10:49 
Post Edited: 28.03.2014 @ 12:12 PM by BigBiff
Thursday

Trained at a different gym this morning Crayford fitness & weights, a good gym with plenty of equipment, they even have a mono-lift. anyone else train there??

All in all a good session although had to get used to some of the equipment. e.g. they had some 25kg decagon shape plates which I found tricky when it came to deadlifting as you will see in the videos below however still managed to pull a PB!

Squats - Light day
82.5kg x 5 - Paused
102.5kg x 5 - Paused
125kg x 5 - Paused (Video below - poor quality and cut short due to memory)
125kg x 5 - slow negatives no pause


Deadlift
112.5kg x 5
135kg x 3
155kg x 3
177.5kg x 3 - (Video below - you can see the trouble i had repositioning my feet due the decagon plates)
Belt on - 200kg x 5 PB!! - (Video below)

I had the same problem with the 25kg plates on the last rep with 200kg it felt like an eternity trying to get the bar in position. Consequently it put me off and the final rep was a little sloppy.

They have normal round 25kg so will definitely be using them in the future

Incline Dumbbell Press
27.5kg x 15
30kg x 10
32.5kg x 8

Narrow Grip Pull ups
BW x 8,5,5,4 - I think I must of put on a bit of weight because these where really hard work.

Decline sit ups
3 x 8 reps

Done



» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)25-03-2014 @ 12:14 
slimsim said:I'm no squat expert but I think the squats look good. You do seem to cut the depth slightly on the 165kg set in comparison to the 145kg set so I'd be conscious of this. Also, and this might just be personal preference but my squats generally start by pushing the hips back first of all and THEN movement into the knee. You can see it in my video here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9c0JMLnFWU

I also think you could improve your mobility in your mid/upper back so that you can keep a slight arch in it. this would allow you to keep your chest up slightly more and prevent the lift become some form of bas***dised squat/good morning combo as the weight get heavier (not that it looks like that now though, in any way shape or form).

Anyway, just my 2p worth.


thanks for the feedback. I do need to work on my flexibility I am lazy when is comes to it and all I want to do is lift. Probably why I am injured!
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)25-03-2014 @ 10:29 
Post Edited: 25.03.2014 @ 10:30 AM by BigBiff
Todays workout went as follows:

Warm up - Agile 8

Squat (High bar)

82.5kg x 5
102.5kg x 5
125kg x 5
145kg x 5 - (Video below)
165kg x 5 - Belt on felt a bit sloppy (Video below)

Rows
42.5kg x 6
52.5kg x 6
65kg x 6
75kg x 6
85kg x 6

Decline Bench (kept it light with high reps)
50kg x 5
60kg x 5
70kg x 3
80kg x 8
90kg x 8
97.5kg x 10

Weighted Hyperextensions 25kg x 12,10
Weighted decline sits ups 5kg 8,8,8,6

All in all an ok workout just felt the final set on the squats could of been a bit tidier. If anyone could give me some pointers on my form, it would be much appreciated.

145kg x 5 - Squat Video


165kg x 5 - Squat video

» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)24-03-2014 @ 13:14 
slimsim said:
I've got no idea of clubs in london, sorry. However, if you follow the link then you'll be able to see all the registered clubs in the london/south east area. Hopefully there'll be something not too far away.
http://www.britishweightlifting.org/membership/club-listing[/q...

thanks for you help. There is one locally to me!
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)24-03-2014 @ 12:31 
Post Edited: 24.03.2014 @ 12:32 PM by BigBiff
slimsim said:
Oly weightlifting!!!! Absolutely no benching required and tis by far the most sexy and well respected of all the strength sports. It's in the god damn olympics, what more could you ask for? Happy
Hope the injury heals up/gets sorted quickly. There's nothing more depressing than them.


thanks!

Would definitely be interested in oly weightlifting! Need to find somewhere I can train in London, any ideas? I know there is Bethnal Green but it seems you need be part of the Masons or something. they also only seem to be open once a week??
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)24-03-2014 @ 12:17 
Post Edited: 24.03.2014 @ 12:25 PM by BigBiff
i have been rubbish at updating this journal due to a shoulder injury sustained at the beginning of December I have not really been in the frame of mind.

I had a MRI a couple of weeks ago and have been diagnosed with a 2.5mm tear in of my right shoulder tendons (forgotten which one). They have recommended surgery however unsure when it will be booked.

So all overhead pressing and flat benching has been out. however have found decline (gay I know) and weighted dips to be fine?!?!

I am currently following a bit of a mish mash full body routine. I am using madcow 5x5 intermediate for squats and rows and 5/3/1 for bench & deadlift seems to be working so far.

Saturday's went as follows:

Squats (high bar)

80kg x 5
100kg x 5
120kg x 5
140kg x 5
165 x 3
120kg x 10

Rows
40kg x 6
52.5kg x 6
62.5kg x 6
72.5kg x 6
85kg x 4
62.5kg x 10

Dips
BW (105kg)1 x 8
BW + 10kg 4 x 8
BW (105kg)1 x 8

Some Tricep Extensions, curls and light shoulder work (rear delts etc)

To be honest I feel a bit lost on which direction to take with this current injury i feel as if my heavy benching days are over before they have even started!
» Biff's Journey of Strength (Go to post)15-11-2013 @ 11:35 
Jabba said:They looked very comfortable, congrats on the PB. It might be the camera angle but it looks as though you let the bar get away from your legs slightly. If this is the case, keep the bar really close in to your legs. If this is an optical illusion, feel free to tell me to STFU. Tongue

You also out thought yourself, there were at least 2 more reps there.


Thanks very much. I think you are right I could do with getting my legs tighter to the bar.

definitely another rep for sure but I was over thinking it to much.

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