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» Iain's Training (Go to post)20-06-2007 @ 12:48 
Sorry Neil forgot you raised a question!

You pretty much hit the nail on the head regarding floor pressing. Its performed just like the bench press, lowering your upper arms to the floor, pause (but don't relax) and fire it up. A bit like a box squat for your upper body. I find it great for bulidng power and strength in the bench. If my floor press is good my bench will be. For most people probaly best of used as an asistance lift instead of pin presses. Taking a narrow grip is a good un for heavy tricep work too. It does however depend on range of motion too. As I mentiond above, for me it's pretty much a full ROM. If its not i think the transfer to straight benching (unequipped) is less.
» Iain's Training (Go to post)20-06-2007 @ 11:34 
Yes pal I am doing unequipped's in sept. Off course are paths shall cross next month at BPC!

200x10 fair one, but try doing that at a comp! They only count the 1st rep remember Tongue

But I will take you up on that challenge! I'll need an oxygen tent after though!
» Interesting grip training... (Go to post)20-06-2007 @ 11:25 
Eagle claw or loop sold by Ironmind. Seen some obecence picks of people doing weighted chins with them (one handed).

I think its just being used for support strength ie just holding on, but I have seen it mentioned that you can do curling type movemenst using the kit. If I was using them to strengthen my grip for lifting I'd attach the loops to a bar rather than bells.
» info on gym work/ courses please (Go to post)20-06-2007 @ 11:20 
Pretty much as Rob said.

Gym instructing is relativly low wage and can be a pretty boring job dependent on where you work and duties on the job. Being a personal trainer is more interesting/challenging and better wages, but its hard to get into ie recruiting clients. It can be a tough job and hard to get stable income (monthly fluctuations in wages). I know a few personal trainers and the most financially secure are those that are invvolved with Strength and Conditioning training with athletes as well as general population.

A decent gym instructor course probably starts from 400. At the least being a gym instructor would be a relativly easy job in the short term and a possibly stepping stone to other work in the lesiure industry.

As for opening a weights room gym then fair play. Tough to do but I guess very rewarding if you make it work.

Good luck
» Iain's Training (Go to post)20-06-2007 @ 11:09 
For some reason they are almost equal! Its only about 1-2" of a full ROM (like a 1 board press) for me. I also think I am just good pressing from a dead start (pausing at bottom of floor press no probs). During the normal press I have bicep trouble which sometimes effects the eccentric phase. Meaning I don't lower the bar as well as I need too. This results in being a bit hit or miss benching. It could also be that I am not geting enough leg drive in during the bench, but not sure of this. All in all I am more constant floor pressing than benching. I'd happily compete in a floor pressing comp than a bench comp Tongue

However on a good day I am normally 5kg better in my bench than floor press so you have a point!! I'll probably take a weight in 2 weeks time.
» Iain's Training (Go to post)19-06-2007 @ 16:35 
19/6/07

Dumbbell sumo deadlift- 20x20
Dumbbell conv. deadlift (heels together)- 20x20
Dumbbell RDL- 20x20
Leg extensions- 10x3
Grippers- RH IM*2 x3, x2, x1(+accentuated negative) (closed - 5mm off), HG250x1x2 (10sec hold); LH IM*1 x3, x3, x6, HG250x1 (negative).

Got the blood moving in the legs and lower back, job done. I also did some stretching and mobility work for my shoulders.

Gripper work coming along. Going to stick with the 3-2-1 on the no 2 trying to get more full closes over those 5 reps each week.
» Nobody steals our chicks... and lives! (Go to post)18-06-2007 @ 18:21 
Good luck with the running. Personally the only time I run is for last orders. But I have sold my Soul to the 1RM devil! Running would invalidate the contract!

Seriously though you have to know what you want to priortize and cut back on the other stuff. I think you have the right idea only running once a week or so.
» Iain's Training (Go to post)18-06-2007 @ 18:06 
Post Edited: 18.06.2007 @ 18:08 PM
18/6/07

Bench Training

Floor press- 120x1, 130x1, 135x1, 140x1, 145x1, 150x1 (new pb), 155x0 (dam got greedy)
Bench press (pinky grip)- 100x5, 110x5, 120x4 (+1 x forced rep)
One arm dumbell row (off floor, tripod stance)- 50x5, 55x5, 60x5, 70x5
Plate loaded machine row- 8-12 x 4

Nice session back from the de-load week. New pb in floor press. It flew up and I got a bit greedy and went for another pb. Was too spent though and missed it needing a slight spot. Benching was nice after that just missing 120x5 with a dodgy 5th rep that was all over the place. Finshed with some good back work.

Good to be back training hard again! Next de-load I will keep doing some barbell lifts but at a low intensity and cut back on assistance work. Last couple of de-loads have been too boring Tongue
» The Legend of Toothpick (Go to post)18-06-2007 @ 13:16 
Yeah beach abs here we come


I found some abbs on a beach once.... I kicked sand in its face!
» deadlift training (Go to post)18-06-2007 @ 13:13 
Robs dead right on the last point. If you aint got the gas just throttle back and go lighter. I find there's nothing worse than grinding out reps on the dead that you should be pulling with relative ease. Your just beating yourself up with sub-quality work. If this happens stop! Unfortunatly I don't always listen to my own advice Tongue
» deadlift training (Go to post)18-06-2007 @ 11:14 
If you have a physical job then it may be worth a shot. Or wave the intensity of your pulling over a few weeks. The latter is probably the 1st plan of action as it would let you train your pulling technique (i know how that sounds Tongue ) with out the constant wear of balls to the wall lifting combined with a tough job.

How you do it is probably up to you, but on lighter weeks just use approx 50-70% of max for 1-3 reps x 3-6 sets.
» BWLA British Equipped (Go to post)17-06-2007 @ 16:24 
Post Edited: 17.06.2007 @ 16:24 PM
Great vids. Seen a few vids of Dave Carter before he's a beast. He holds most of the unequipped records at 90kg class too!
» Iain's Training (Go to post)13-06-2007 @ 16:39 
13/6/07

Plate loaded machine press- 10x2, drop set- x8>4>6
Chin ups- 5x3
Leg press- 10x2, 6x2
Corner barbell row- 45x10, 60x10, 90x8 (2 cheat reps in there)
Hex dumbbell holds- all x 10s - 20lbs, 25lbs, 30lbs, 35lbs
Pinch gripping- 2x5kgx5, 3x5kgx5, 4x5kgx1 (dropped on way down!), 2x10kgx3x3

Enjoyed the grip work, everything else sucked. Thats it for this week. Start of my next cycle on monday.
» Iain's Training (Go to post)11-06-2007 @ 16:06 
11/06/07

Start of a de-load week.

Leg ext- 140lbs x8, x4, x3 rest pause (20s rest)
Leg curl- 70lbs x 8, x4, x1 rest pause
Dumbbell summo deadlifts- Tabata method
Barbell push ups- Tabata method

That was that. Actually hard work in a HIT way.
» The Curse And The Gift... (Go to post)08-06-2007 @ 17:57 
As always quality work!

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