There's no prouder moment, for me, than seeing a trainee pull off something that surprises them. Today it was Mick's turn. Mick had his first proper session with a log - our sexy new 10-incher, ex-Australia's Strongest Man 2016 - after doing a whole lot of axle clean-presses and hexbar deadlifts. Those of you who follow this blog will know that Mick is a beast of a man who has to overcome some mobility issues if he's going to realise his true strength. The first time Mick tackled an axle in the rack he looked like he was pegging laundry. He has spent the last couple of months learning the basics. But after this session it was plain to see that he is well on his way.
Today, after sets of 5 at 45-55 kilos and triples of 60-65, he managed a singles of 70, 75 and 80! Next session, armed with this information, I will write him a basic program that will get him to a 100 kilo clean-press in a matter of weeks. Mark my words.
And then there's Kong. I caught just one of Kong's four sets of 8 clean-presses of a 75 kilo log. He viper-pressed most of them, and it's fair to say that each set looked as fresh as the last, which is due to his markedly improved conditioning; a testament to the work he's putting in outside of the clinics.
EVENTS Saturday June 17th
cardio: assault bike 5 minutes @ 50 rpm
Log clean press:
50 kgs x 8
70 kgs x 5
90 kgs x 1
100 kgs x 1
210 kgs x 2 x 20 meters